Karun Chandhok to race in 2013 FIA GT Series
Karun Chandhok has confirmed that he will be seen in the FIA GT Series for the 2013 season. The Indian racing driver closed a deal with Seyffarth Racing and will be seen in race vehicle with Jan Seyffarth who will be participating in the GT Series representing his family run team. FIA GT Series is being promoted by Stephane Ratel Organisation and will consist of six rounds with the opening races being held on April 1, 2013 at Nogaro, France .
Chandhok who has sponsorships from JK Tyre and Tag Heuer will be seen competing with Ricardo Zonta and nine time rally champion Sebastien Loeb. The Indian racer is also in talks where participation at 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours is concerned. He has finished in 6th place last year and has raced in FIA World Endurance Championships as well with JRM. He intended to continue with the team but team financial constraints caused them to pull out at the last minute.
A number of auto manufacturers are on the entry list of 2013 FIA GT Series. These include Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Audi, Lamborghini, McLaren, Ford and Porsche. Each of these series consist of two races held over a weekend, while 2 practice sessions of 80 minutes each will also be held preceding the weekend events on Friday. The qualifiers are similar to the F1 format wherein slower cars confirm grid positions first
Karun Chandhok had this to say, “I am very happy to have secured a last minute deal to drive in the FIA GT Series. I tested the car last week and it seems fun to drive but we will never know our true pace till the first race. I would like to thank Stephane Ratel (Series Promoter) and Rüdiger Seyffarth (Team Principal) for making this happen on such short notice.” He added, He added, “I really enjoyed last year with JRM in WEC and finishing 6th at Le Mans was easily one of the highlights of my racing career, along with racing at Monaco and winning the GP2 race in Spa. I am close to signing with an LMP2 team for the Le Mans 24hrs and can’t wait to go race again over there. However for now my focus will be on the FIA GT Series. I would like to personally thank JK Tyre and Tag Heuer, who continue to strongly support me.”
SRO founder and CEO, Stephane Ratel was thrilled to have Chandhok on the grid for the season opener in Nogaro this weekend. He commented, “We are thrilled to have Karun Chandhok on the grid for the newly formed FIA GT Series. I have spoken to Karun extensively on the series and he is excited to be a part of this championship. As a former Formula One and Le Mans driver, he has a wealth of experience and strong credibility which will be a welcome addition to the series for us. We expect this season to be very competitive so we would like to wish him all the best for the year ahead.”