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HISTORIC VICTORY FOR NICO VERDONCK WITH FORD GT IN ADAC MASTERS

It was the premier for the ADAC GT-Masters at Spa-Francorchamps. Nico Verdonck started on his home soil in the Lambda Ford GT GT3 as the only Belgian in the field of 27 cars. With fast changing weather conditions the 2nd GT Masters weekend promised exciting racing. With double-pole and one historic victory it was a great weekend for Nico and the Lambda Performance Team.

During first qualifying Nico went out on slicks on a still wet circuit, while other cars choose the profiled wet tyres. Nico was able to handle the tricky weather conditions and decided together with the team to stay out. As the track was drying up it was clear, that the longer you drove the faster you go. Pole position was the result of this strategy. His teammate Frank Kechele completed the double pole position for the Ford GT in his qualifying under dry conditions.

Nico took a perfect start from pole position, was in the lead on his entire stint and managed to increase the gap between the Ford and his competitors. Minutes before the pit window opened, heavy rain started in the last sector of the lap. Nico and the team decided to stay out for another lap, where he managed to keep the car on track and stayed in the lead. With an extremely fast pit stop Frank took over on wet tyres and drove a perfect – besides a controlled 360 spin – stint, to bring the Ford GT back home on a well deserved 1st position! The first victory ever for a Ford in the GT Masters.

Once again the weather conditions played a crucial role for race two, leaving the teams to hesitate between wet and slick tyres. However, everyone decided to start on wet tyres. Frank took a solid safe start being on P3 after turn one. Due to a heavy accident at eau rouge there was a 20 minutes safety car period. Luckily the driver was unhurt and the race restarted where Frank immediately took advantage to fight back to P2. At this stage we took the risk to pit and change to slick tyres. But soon Nico was struggling to maintain the pace of his competitors who stayed on wets and lost more then ten positions. As the track took longer then expected to dry up, Nico was only able to take advantage on his slicks by the final laps of the race – setting the fastest laptime of the race in his final lap. Nico finished the race on P9 and earned another two points for the championship, being 2nd in the driver championship after this weekend.

Nico:Lambda Performance has proven to be competitive, reliable and work as a professional team. The team redesigned the car over the winter and managed to improve the Ford GT from race to race. I am really delighted with the performance we did as a team and sincerely thank all Belgium and many other fans supporting me over the whole weekend.

Now everyone is looking forward to the next GT Masters weekend at Sachsenring. Meanwhile Nico is working hard to race at Le Mans, but before there is the 2nd Blancpain Endurance Series Race at Silverstone on 2nd of June. Together with Gulf Racing and McLaren, Nico will give his best to do better then the 3rd position in Monza.