Phil Quaife joins series with CRS Racing

QUAIFE TO GRADUATE TO LE MANS SERIES IN 2010 Phil Quaife will make his Le Mans Series (LMS) debut this season after re-signing with CRS Racing to drive one of the team's Ferrari F430s in the highly competitive GT2 category. The Kent-based...

QUAIFE TO GRADUATE TO LE MANS SERIES IN 2010

Phil Quaife will make his Le Mans Series (LMS) debut this season after re-signing with CRS Racing to drive one of the team's Ferrari F430s in the highly competitive GT2 category.

The Kent-based driver raced with the British squad last season in the FIA GT3 European Championship, and will step up to the LMS with the team, which will also race in the series for the first time. Quaife will share a Ferrari with experienced sports car racer Pierre Ehret and an as-yet un-named third driver, while CRS will also run another F430 for Andrew Kirkaldy and Tim Mullen.

In addition to the step up to the prestigious LMS, 2010 will also represent a full-time graduation to the GT2 class for Quaife after he impressed during his category debut in a CRS Racing Ferrari in last year's Spa 24 Hours.

"I'm absolutely delighted," said Quaife. "The target for last season was to do GT2 but it just wasn't possible due to the required budget. But racing in GT3 with CRS Racing, I found them to be a very professional team and we developed a great partnership. It's fantastic to be able to stay with them this year and to be given the opportunity to move up to the GT2 class on a permanent basis. My plan is to do the best possible job for the team."

This new season will also bring a switch from the one-hour races of the FIA GT3 European Championship to the endurance-style races of the LMS, which kicks off its season with an eight-hour enduro at Paul Ricard and also comprises four other 1000km / six hour events at Spa-Francorchamps, the Algarve Circuit, the Hungaroring and Silverstone.

"It's definitely a big step up and a different type of racing," observed Quaife. "The LMS is pure endurance racing and that means you have to look after the car as well as showing strong speed. Then there's the added factor of the faster prototype cars constantly being in your mirrors, which will be a completely new experience for me.

"However I have done a lot of endurance racing," added the 2009 Dubai 24 Hours class winner. "I've raced at Dubai for the past four years, made my Spa 24 Hours debut last season and done plenty of other long distance races. While they may not be at the same level as the LMS, that experience should stand me in good stead for 2010."

-source: phil quaife pr

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Pierre Ehret , Tim Mullen , Phil Quaife