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Emil Frey to Run Lexus GT3s in Blancpain GT

Emil Frey to campaign Lexus RC F GT3s in Blancpain GT Series…

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Emil Frey will run a pair of Lexus RC F GT3s in the Blancpain GT Series this season, under the Emil Frey Lexus Racing banner.

The Swiss team will be the first to use the car full-time in Blancpain GT after entering a single round with it last season.

Albert Costa and Stephane Ortelli piloted a Lexus GT3 in the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup finale at the Nürburgring in September.

Emil Frey was one of two teams racing the car in International GT Open last year, with Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler scoring four race wins en route to third in the championship.

The future of Emil Frey’s Jaguar G3, which is has run in Blancpain GT for the past few seasons, remains uncertain.

Toyota has also announced that the car will take part in VLN races this season, although with a currently unannounced team.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Jacco van der Zaag

    February 8, 2018 at 6:13 am

    They were working on F types right?

    • Swoodward

      February 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Jacco, yes I heard that as well. Sad to see them move on to the Lexus.

      • TF110

        February 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        They’ve been running the Lexus for nearly 3 years now, dude. It’s been VLN and GTOpen.

        • Anthony Thomas

          February 11, 2018 at 2:44 pm

          Exactly. I knew this was coming (go look at my comments) you don’t commit this much time and effort into a car you will run in a series with little visibility. This is why they ran VLN and then GT Open in the first place to gauge the viability of the car when more professional teams run them.

          I expect Frey and Toyota to be competitive. They ran mid-pack in that single race last season, I wouldn’t say sandbagging but not showing the true pace of the car either.

          They also don’t run on that Pirelli tire in any other series, so there’s a learning curve.

    • StueyB83

      February 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      That was always dependent of Jag giving them the blessing to do so; which I never read was set in stone.

      The F-Type would have made a great GT3 car, but it seems Jag has missed the trick.

      As for the venerable old XKR, they had a great run. Sadly GT3 isn’t really for the tuners anymore (Callaway is doing a great job, however)

      • Anthony Thomas

        February 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        Jag brass decided on a GT4 car. We’ll see if a GT3 car come out of that and I doubt Frey will be running it, another experienced team will run it if and when that happens.

  2. Barber

    February 8, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Its nice to see them in Blancpain with support from a manufacturer.

  3. Justin Porter

    February 8, 2018 at 11:25 am

    The Jags are always such a joy to see, but they’re fairly long in the tooth at this point and an organization that can wring such great results out of that machine should more than ably demonstrate just of what the Lexus is really capable.

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