Adria: SRT weekend summary

SRT finish fifth in hard fought battle FIA GT Adria ADRIA. Following a hard fought battle during the second FIA GT race of the season in Adria, SRT came away with a fifth place. "Today we still haven't discovered the perfect answer regarding...

SRT finish fifth in hard fought battle FIA GT Adria

ADRIA. Following a hard fought battle during the second FIA GT race of the season in Adria, SRT came away with a fifth place. "Today we still haven't discovered the perfect answer regarding the new tyre regulations;" Patrick Selleslagh openly admitted after the race. "Our set-up is such that we can't remain constant enough. Mechanically the car is perfect, the strategy works, the pitstops are good and the drivers perform perfectly. But our tyres wear out far too quickly and this makes victory or a podium place wishful thinking at the moment. We are going to carry out test work, because at the end of June in Oschersleben I want to be up there."

For the second meeting of the FIA GT we were at Adria, in Italy for a somewhat atypical weekend; "We're racing on Saturday evening", Bert Longin explained. "Nightfall is somewhat earlier in Italy and we will be racing as dusk falls and partly in the dark. This takes some getting used to which is why the second free practice session is held in the evening."

As per usual the FIA GT-teams enjoyed two free sessions of 80 minutes in order to carry out the necessary set-ups. "During the first session the drivers were able to adapt their own ideal trajectories, whilst the second session was taken up with testing out a refined set-up.", Patrick Selleslagh continued. The SRT-duo James Ruffier and Bert Longin proved that the hard work put in by the team bore its fruits, because where the difference between the fastest cars during the first session amounted to more than a second, the Corvette drivers reduced the gap to a mere half a second in the evening.

On Saturday morning the SRT-duo Bert Longin and James Ruffier qualified in fifth for the second race of the FIA GT-season in Adria. "We were in fact sixth, but one of the cars ahead of us did not conform ", James Ruffier, who had qualified the car, explained. "The top-5 is not a bad starting position for a two hour race on a track where it isn't easy to overtake." On top of that we're still looking for the perfect set-up and we have the tyre problem. The new regulations still don't offer any advantage to the front engine cars, such as our SRT Corvette C6.R. Cars with a centrally mounted engine, namely the Saleen and the Maserati MC12, in my opinion still have the advantage."

This once again became apparent during the race, during which James Ruffier and Bert Longin both put up good stints, but had to battle with the Corvette's road holding. The excessive and fast wear of the rear tyres appeared to be causing a problem.

Patrick Selleslagh: "The Corvette has a fair amount of torque with understeer, but due to the wear of the rear tyres it becomes oversteer and the drivers no longer have sufficient grip resulting in poorer lap times. We finally finished in fifth place, a few seconds from the Alphand Corvette, we have grabbed some valuable points and more especially we know what we have to do in the coming days. We need to carry out test runs and solve the problem. I must emphasize that everything else is perfect, and I am fully confident that we will be back up there in Oschersleben."

-credit: srt

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Bert Longin , James Ruffier