After a somewhat fruitful debut in Super GT, the Lexus RC F GT3 model will finally race in European lands, as two teams were already selected for the initial development of the new Japanese sportscar, with the expectation to be ready for the 2016 season, when it will be available for customers.
The selected ones were Farnbacher Racing, from Germany, and Emil Frey Racing, from Switzerland, both with considerable miles of GT machinery, in special the GT3 ones in recent years, and this experience will be put to test as they will the VLN championship, one of the toughest of the planet.
Farnbacher Racing is well known for its 24 Hours of Le Mans outings using Porsches and Ferraris, but they have also have an impressive record of wins in other competitions. Their 2014 season was dedicated to the ADAC GT Masters, with two 4th place finishes as their highest in the season. The driver lineup will be composed by Dominik and Mario Farnbacher, in what will be their first races sharing a car.
Emil Frey Racing has been a regular presence in the Blancpain Endurance Series with their Jaguar XKR G3, except in 2013 when they briefly switched to Aston Martins. Although they participated of the first round of the BES season at Monza, it remains unclear if their entry in the VLN with Lexus will affect the current Jaguar XK program. The lineup will continue with Lorenz Frey, but he will share the RC F GT3 with Markus Oestreich and Jordan Tresson, a former Nissan GT Academy graduate.
The VLN adventure for the Lexus RC F GT3 will start in the round 3 of the VLN championship, the ADAC ACAS H&R Cup, on June 20th. As the RC F GT3 will race with a waiver specification this year, it will be in the SP-X class, for special cars, fighting against the SCG003s of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, as well for overall honors.
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