Istanbul: Russian Age Racing race report

POINT SCORE FOR RUSSIAN AGE RACING AT ISTANBUL The Russian Age Racing team was delighted to emerge from the eighth round of the FIA GT Championship with a point for eighth position having conducted a series of tests to perfect the set-up in ...

POINT SCORE FOR RUSSIAN AGE RACING AT ISTANBUL

The Russian Age Racing team was delighted to emerge from the eighth round of the FIA GT Championship with a point for eighth position having conducted a series of tests to perfect the set-up in preparation for the Le Mans Endurance Series race here in November. The Ferrari is fighting for the championship in the LMES and has gained valuable information from this race meeting.

The race was even more of a sprint than usual as the length was shortened from 500km, or three hours, to just two hours for television purposes. Christophe Bouchut started and was challenging for fourth position before he slid wide at the first corner while attempting to overtake a Maserati. The safety car then came out and he pitted early to hand to Russian Alexey Vasiliev. Vasiliev took on Bouchut's tyres for the second stint and the team changed only the rear tyres when he eventually pitted to hand to Nikolay Fomenko.

"The car was really good, but I had to stop early behind the safety car," said Bouchut. "That was a shame because at the time we were on the limit and having a nice fight. I was just overtaking a Maserati and I braked too late. I was making up the time again over the next three laps and without the safety car, I could have overtaken him again."

Fomenko was delighted with the performance of the car during his stint, and was lapping consistently faster during the race than he had all weekend, thanks to better knowledge of the brand new circuit. "This championship is certainly very good, and I would say that it is the number one in the world," said the Russian. "This is not only a technical competition, or a driver competition or a team competition, everything must work together."

Rob Schirle, owner of the Cirtek team which runs the Russian Age Racing team, said: "We weren't expecting too much at the short format race, so to get a point is good. We were doing some chassis work and I think we have a good solution. The Larbre team car had their tyres go off while ours did a double stint. We only changed the rear tyres, so the car is not eating them as much as perhaps the others. We are confident for the LMES race in two months."

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Christophe Bouchut