BLACK FAL­CON EYES BRI­TISH GT CAMPAIGN

DEPUTY EDITOR

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Lead­ing Mercedes team Black Fal­con will run two cars in this week­end’s Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship round at SpaFran­cor­champs as it eval­u­ates a full-time move into the se­ries.

The Ger­man squad will field two Mercedes AMG GT3S in the two-hour race, with Bri­ton Oliver Morley shar­ing the first with DTM driver and FIA European F3 cham­pion Daniel Jun­cadella and Ab­du­laziz Al Faisal shar­ing the sec­ond with Miguel To­ril.

Black Fal­con has a strong his­tory in GT3 rac­ing, hav­ing won the Nur­bur­gring 24 Hours twice, in­clud­ing run­ning Bri­ton Adam Christodoulou to vic­tory in this year’s event. The squad also reg­u­larly com­petes in the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries, VLN and Creven­tic 24 Hour Se­ries.

Team boss Sean Paul Bres­lin said: “All four driv­ers will be run­ning to­gether in the Spa 24 Hours [July 26-31], so on one hand it’s a great chance for a warm-up, but we also wanted to have a closer look and ex­pe­ri­ence Bri­tish GT.

“Oliver used to race in Bri­tish GT and wanted to have an­other crack at it and it’s a very strong se­ries at the mo­ment, and has been in re­cent years. There’s a good mix­ture of pro­fes­sional driv­ers and tal­ented am­a­teurs, so we know it won’t be easy. I’d like to think this race will lead to more Bri­tish GT ap­pear­ances, but we’ll have to see how it goes.”

Bres­lin also added that the Bal­ance of Performance for the Mercedes could prove tricky at Spa: “We have a small en­gine re­stric­tor, so the long straights could hurt us. The Mercedes has a lot of aero to aid corner­ing, but also has quite a lot of drag com­pared to the other GT3 cars. But we have four strong driv­ers, so it will be an in­ter­est­ing week­end.”

The grid for this week­end’s race had hit 60 cars as MN closed for press, with 17 GT3 cars boosted with 15 GT4 en­tries and a fur­ther 28 cars from the European GT4 Se­ries and KTM Reiter Young Stars class.

Black Fal­con runs Mercedes

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