Fastest lap for Alex Fontana in testing at Monza


The Swiss driver completes two days of testing in Italy with Emil Frey Jaguar Racing

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 March, Alex Fontana completed two extremely important Italian test days at Monza, ahead of the 2018 season during the event organized by Kateyama. The Swiss driver, at the wheel of the Emil Frey Racing Jaguar G3, conducted an intensive development programme together with his teammates, the South African Adrian Zaugg and the Canadian Mikael Grenier. With over 30 GT, Super Trofeo, TCR and prototype cars on track, the Emil Frey Jaguar Racing drivers were able to complete a long-run, an extensive series of consecutive laps with a full fuel load in order to evaluate the handling of the cars and the Pirelli tyres. The Italian manufacturer was in fact present with specialist technicians to verify the performance of a new specification for the tyres that will be used at Monza on 22 April for the first race in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Car number 54 driven by Fontana and his teammates recorded the fastest time in the GT3 category during the test sessions, with the Swiss driver also fastest on the first day before focussing on the race simulation on the second.

Alex Fontana
“Recording the fastest time was without doubt an encouraging result, as was the case last year in the Blancpain GT Seriescollective tests at Le Castellet, but naturally we’ll have to wait for the first round to see where we stand when the racing gets underway. This year, on the occasion of the test days organized by Kateyama at Monza our car proved to be very fast, confirming the significant progress made over the winter with respect to what was already the very good base we started out from in 2017 at Barcelona, a car that it is worth pointing out is one of its kind. Emil Frey Racing put together an excellent programme of work and despite occasional interruptions due to accidents involving other participants, we managed to complete it in full. Let’s hope that when we come back in around a month the conditions won’t be too different.”