Prodrive Ferrari A1 Ring preview

Following an eight-week break after its debut race in the FIA GT Championship in Hungary, the Prodrive Ferrari team is looking for a solid result at the A1 Ring this weekend. During the summer break in the Championship, the Team has carried out an...

Following an eight-week break after its debut race in the FIA GT Championship in Hungary, the Prodrive Ferrari team is looking for a solid result at the A1 Ring this weekend. During the summer break in the Championship, the Team has carried out an intensive test programme, including engine development, aerodynamic work and durability tests.

"With the main aim of our race programme being to attract customer orders for the car for next year, it is our objective to translate the testing pace of the car into a good race result" said Hugh Chambers - Group Marketing Director.

In Hungary the Ferrari 550 GT qualified fifth on the grid, with Alan Menu grabbing third place on the first lap. This excellent debut was cut short by a minor electrical fault, which prevented fuel from getting to the engine. Immediately after the race the team rectified the fault and the car completed a full race distance without any problem.

The Prodrive Ferrari will run with reduced engine air intake restrictors in the A1-Ring (32.1 mm reduced to 31.6 mm). This follows discussions with the FIA regarding inconsistencies between the French and English versions of the technical regulations.

At the last meeting of the FIA GT Technical Working Group, the Prodrive interpretation of the English text was deemed legal. However, this would have pressed the other competitors to re-design their systems to be equivalent.

It was therefore conceded that the team would run the smaller restrictor as an interim measure, pending the introduction of a new regulation for 2002.

The car will be driven by Rickard Rydell and Peter Kox this weekend.

-Prodrive

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Peter Kox , Rickard Rydell