Fifteen days after the opening race at Le Castellet, spotlights are focused on Bhai Tech Racing Team, again. The Mestrino-based racing team is ready to get back on track to take part in the second racing weekend of the International GT Open Championship, to be raced at the Portuguese circuit of Portimao.
The cars are on the way to Algarve, but the staff directed by Mr. Roberto Costa, the engineer, had to work hard over the last days to fix the McLaren MP4 12C GT3 driven by Pantano/Suzuki, which was seriously damaged during the first race and get ready for the next challenge in Portugal, where 32 teams will take part in the racing event. The French weekend didn’t give the Italian team the chance to show all its potential, because of some rain tyres issues which affected the four drivers’ performances.
“It was a race against time, as we had to get spare parts directly from England and fix up both cars, which are now heading to Portugal” analyses the technical manager Mr. Costa “It was a long work and I want to thank all the guys. Given that we had such a short time at our disposal, we didn’t manage to shake down the two cars, which are planned to be shaken down during testing on Thursday. We also worked side by side with McLaren to try to solve Dunlop tyres issues, which affected our cars. In Portugal we’ll continue to develop our apprenticeship’s programme and drivers will get a better feeling with the car and the Championship.” After rain, fog and low temperatures at Paul Ricard, weather is expected to be sunny in Portugal “Weather should be mild, so it will be easier for us to continue our development programme. Cars showed to be competitive in the dry even at Le Castellet. We worked hard, only the track will tell us if we worked better than our rivals.”
The racing weekend will start on Thursday with a 2 hours testing’s session and will continue also on Friday morning (10.15 – 11.15), before the 60’ free practices’ double session and qualifying to be held on Saturday (9.30 and 11.50) to determine the starting grid of both races. The 70’ first race will start at 16.00 and race-2 will start on Sunday at 12.00.