MERCHTEM. The new season is approaching at the rate of knots and during the coming weeks SRT are putting the final touches in preparation for the first races of 2008. Patrick Selleslagh's team are taking on 2008 on various fronts and in a higher...
MERCHTEM. The new season is approaching at the rate of knots and during the coming weeks SRT are putting the final touches in preparation for the first races of 2008. Patrick Selleslagh's team are taking on 2008 on various fronts and in a higher gear. The team has invested in a brand new C6.R, the most recent to come out of the Pratt & Miller workshops and will be battling it out for top rankings in both FFSA GT and FIA GT. For the French championship SRT has managed to attract none other than Soheil Ayari and Bruno Hernandez, the 2007 champion and vice-champion, whilst the names for the FIA GT will be made known shortly. The team are also aiming at attracting a fast duo for the WC for GT-cars.
"A few weeks ago a C6.R did in fact arrive here", Patrick Selleslagh confirms the good news. "It boasts chassis number 6, the last car to have rolled out of the workshops of the American manufacturer. Up until recently the car was in the hands of the works. This is an enormous step forward for us and we're investing heavily to make 2008 a year to remember. In addition I want to thank Pratt & Miller for all the support they gave us once again last winter. We wouldn't have achieved this project without them. Regarding the old C5, we'll see this car back in the hands of AT Racing in the FIA GT Citation Cup."
The choice of the drivers for France is entirely in line with the intended results. None other than the champions of the previous two editions are joining up with the Belgian camp. Soheil Ayari hardly needs an introduction. In 2006 and 2007 the Frenchman won the French GT- Championship and is amongst others the outgoing LMS GT1 champion. He will be joined in the SRT C6.R by Bruno Hernandez, with whom he became champion in 2006. Last season Hernandez was Ayari's main rival in France finishing the championship in second place. Both drivers have previously driven together for SRT back in 2005.
"There's no point in playing hide and seek with these drivers," Patrick Selleslagh remarks. "We're aiming at a first win in the championship and a further title for Ayari and Hernandez. But obviously the competition hasn't been hanging around and you can't beat such names as Larbre that easily."
SRT are also heading off for the FIA GT and will also be carrying out promotional work there. Last season the team made its debut in the FIA GT Citation Cup, promptly winning three races and finishing as vice-champion, but for 2008 FIA GT1 is the target. "As yet we aren't 100% sure who will be driving contrary to what we have read here and there", Selleslagh continues, "but I hope to be able to give a definite answer shortly. Testing at Monza is now on the books and we're going to be focussing on the sporting and technical matters. All other worries should have been cleared up after that. But it is going to be a fast duo, make sure you note that down."