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Emil Frey Lexus to Make Blancpain GT Debut at Nürburgring

Emil Frey to run Lexus in Blancpain GT for first time…

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Emil Frey Racing will give the Lexus RC F GT3 its Blancpain GT Series debut in the Sprint Cup finale at Nürburgring later this month following a strong season in the International GT Open so far.

The Swiss team will enter one Lexus to be driven by Albert Costa and Stephane Ortelli in the final Sprint Cup round of the season on Sept. 15-17.

This comes after a successful run in the GT Open series this season, which has seen the team score three wins in the opening ten rounds.

“We have proven the capability of the Lexus RC F GT3 and feel now is the right time to take the program one step further,” commented technical coordinator Hannes Gautschi.

“We have no high hopes or are not aiming at any point results, we will use this race meeting purely as a testing ground to see where we stand with our car in such a competitive field and surrounding.

“It will also be a totally new experience for us to run on Pirelli tires since we have only ever tested with Michelin and Dunlop, so we will get some very important knowledge on how the car handles on different tires.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake



  1. rob harry

    September 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    i really hope this dosent mean they are going to park the Jaguars next season for The Blancpain series. Emil Frey is our best and only hope of getting Jaguar to return to GT racing as a manufacture

    • Axl Rose ate my Buick

      September 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      But they are racing that jag for decades, just put the old feline to rest and wait Tata Motors make a proper racer.

      • Anthony Thomas

        September 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

        Man I love being right… You are correct Tata is not footing the bill to upgrade to the F type. They’ve had the Lexus in the back pocket and racing it in GT Open where Farnbach’s Lexus has also been racing this year.

        You will get an announcement shortly that Lexus has committed to VLN and Blancplain.

        Honda is not far behind as JAS is really interested in running a program to showcase the car to European customers.

  2. Matt

    September 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Pro or proam?

  3. Axl Rose ate my Buick

    September 6, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Both Ortelli and Costa are professionals.

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