SRT fights back in GT Open - Podium in Hungary
The Brussels-based SRT Corvette-team and the driver pair Maxime Soulet - Isaac Tutumlu put the bad luck they experienced a fortnight ago in Jerez de la Frontera behind them. The team competed up front in the first race of the International GT Open on the Hungarian circuit in the vicinity of the capital city Budapest and finished in an excellent second place in the second race held on Sunday. In the championship Maxime Soulet remains in fourth spot, but has reduced his arrear on third place in the intermediate rankings of Jesus Pareja’s championship.
Following an exceptionally difficult weekend in Spain, SRT Corvette worked hard to prepare the Corvette C6.R GTE for the fourth round of the International GT Championship. For the occasion SRT headed on down to the Danube, more precisely to the Hungaroring, one of the many F1 circuits on the championship’s calendar.
Patrick Selleslagh: “We needed to fight back and that’s exactly what we did. This extremely winding circuit is perhaps not ideally suited to our Corvette, which was confirmed by our starting positions, because Isaac (Tutumlu) was in fifth place and Maxime Soulet in seventh for respectively the first and second race. Our assignment here was quite clear-cut: without taking too many risks, regaining our place up front. During the timed laps this was already the case. “
During the first race on Saturday it looked as though a good performance was on the books, up until an accident at the end of the race took away any hope of a podium place.
Maxime Soulet: “We still managed to score three points, a meagre consolation after such a good race, especially after the previous weekend. On the other hand we knew we were back up amongst the top players and our motivation for the Sunday race increased by the minute.”
Sunday’s race was in fact full revenge. The driver pair of the American V8 fought their way to a well-deserved second place.
Maxime Soulet: “We’re obviously delighted, because we had to put up a hard fight here, in fact everyone: the team, the drivers and the partners more than deserved this second place. And believe me, I’m still going all out for this championship!”
The International GT Open is an international championship, under the care of Jesus Pareja. The championship is comprised out of 8 meetings, and additional information is to be found here: http://www.gtopen.net