Paul Ricard: Fischer Racing race report

Fischer Racing scored points in France Fischer Racing and the two drivers of the Fischer Racing Ford GT, Christoffer Nygaard (DK) and Mikko Eskelinen (FI), again scored points at the fourth round of the FIA GT3 European Championship in the south...

Fischer Racing scored points in France

Fischer Racing and the two drivers of the Fischer Racing Ford GT, Christoffer Nygaard (DK) and Mikko Eskelinen (FI), again scored points at the fourth round of the FIA GT3 European Championship in the south of France. In the two races at the circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, Nygaard /Eskelinen finished seventh and eleventh.

Mikko Eskelinen started into Saturdays first race from tenth position of the grid and gained three position in the first lap. After a small mistake, he subsequently lost three positions and handed over the Ford GT halfway through the race to Christoffer Nygaard in tenth position. The Young Dane was then faced with a curios problem. The front bonnet came loose and flapped before the windscreen. „At first, the bonnet was a bit loose, but then that thing was on the windscreen and I couldn't see anything", Nygaard explained. „It was still ten minutes to go in the race and I thought I had to pit, but then suddenly the bonnet flew away. But after that the aero of my car was like a fridge with an open door."Nygaard finally managed to bring the Ford GT home in seventh place, the third consecutive finish within the top 10 for the Fischer Racing-Ford GT.

In Sunday's second race, it was on Nygaard to drive the start. The start went quite turbulent, but Nygaard managed to battle up to the sixth place, before handing the Ford to Eskelinen. But then Eskelinen experienced problem early in his stint with the steering. „The steering was a little bit crazy, the car was very hard to drive in the final minutes of the race", Eskelinen described. "I had to concentrate to finish the race, so I couldn't hold off some other cars that overtook me and I lost some positions."Nygaard/Eskelinen finally finished eleventh and missed the point ranks only briefly.

The FIA GT3-European Championship makes now a summer break and will be back in the mid of September with the fifth round in Portugal. In the meantime, Mikko Eskelinnen will be in action on gravel roads and will start in the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship.

-source: fischer racing

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Christoffer Nygaard , Mikko Eskelinen