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SRT BACK IN FIA GT AND FFSA GT MERCHTEM. The Belgian SRT team will be taking on the 2009 season in the same way as they left off in 2008. The team will once again not only compete in the FIA GT, but also in the FFSA GT, the French...

SRT BACK IN FIA GT AND FFSA GT

MERCHTEM. The Belgian SRT team will be taking on the 2009 season in the same way as they left off in 2008. The team will once again not only compete in the FIA GT, but also in the FFSA GT, the French GT championship. In the SRO promoted FIA GT-championship SRT will be calling on the services of the Belgian Bert Longin and the French FIA GT3-champion James Ruffier, whilst the French drivers Wilfried Merafina and Jean-Philippe Dayraut will be defending their chances on home soil. Both teams will in fact be in action with the SRT Corvette C6.R. "Two great championships and fast drivers, that's crying out for results. I'm really ambitious", Patrick Selleslagh commented, looking ahead to the coming season.

SRT finished the 2008 season with a second place in the final race of the French championship and a third spot in the final round of the FIA GT season in San Luis. As such the team was well armed to prepare for the new season and with the Bert Longin and James Ruffier (FIA GT) and Wilfried Merafina and Jean-Philippe Dayraut duos the team has all the right ingredients to register some excellent results.

"The choice of Bert Longin and James Ruffier for the FIA GT-championship developed over the last few weeks", Patrick Selleslagh told us. "And I'm truly pleased that we were able to conclude an agreement. Both drivers have tremendous experience and I'm convinced that they will be highly compatible and produce some first-class results. One of the things I truly value in both these drivers is their professionalism and passion, both on and off the track. I'm going to try to end the season in all serenity as high as possible in the championship; in addition 2009 is a symbolic championship because it will be the very last one with the present generation of GT1s. The era will come to an end in Zolder at the end of October, the same circuit where we took our first steps with a Corvette C5-R GT1 back in 2003. This year we can once again count on strong partners, with in the first instance Michelin and CPL Trans and they deserve to finish up front."

Allow us to introduce both drivers. The Frenchman James Ruffier is the reigning FIA GT3-champion (in a Corvette) and boasts an impressive record of achievements with amongst others titles in FIA GT3, the French FFSA GT, the French Porsche Carrera Cup and so forth. The Belgian Bert Longin is a multi Belgian GT champion (Belcar), won the 24 Hours of Zolder on several occasions and has also clocked up four victories in FIA GT.

In the FFSA GT-championship the Belgian team is calling on the services of Wilfried Merafina and Jean-Philippe Dayraut. Wilfried Merafina is a gentleman driver through and through, and has previously competed in various races for SRT. "Together we have claimed a few podium places and back in 2007 together with Yvan Lebon he competed in an FIA GT race in Nogaro with us. Jean-Philippe Dayraut has a pretty extensive record of achievements with countless wins in the French Trophee Andros, the renowned ice race championship. On top of that he won races in the FFSA GT - with a Corvette no less - , the Europcup Megane and clinched the title of vice- champion in the French touring car championship", Patrick Selleslagh concluded.

The French FFSA GT-championship kicked off on 11th and 12th April in Nogaro with a podium place for SRT, whilst for the FIA GT we need to wait until 2nd and 3rd May when they go head to head for the first race on the British circuit of Silverstone.

In addition to SRT's official team website they launched a webblog at the beginning of this season for all Dutch speaking fans, where they can find on-going information: ww.selleslaghracingteam.wordpress.com

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Bert Longin , James Ruffier , Jean-Philippe Dayraut , Yvan Lebon , Wilfried Merafina