Friday, August 16, 2013

FIA GT: Phoenix duo Ide/Kumpen will not contest the FIA GT race at the Slovakia Ring

Phoenix Racing Press Release

Phoenix Racing will not join the grid for the fourth round of the FIA GT Series on August 17/18 at Slovakia Ring with its Belgian driver pairing of Enzo Ide and Anthony Kumpen.

The team and drivers have decided to withdraw from the race at the Slovakia Ring close to Bratislava after the difficult 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, during which the Audi R8 LMS GT3 was heavily damaged in an accident in the closing stages of the race.

“It was plain to see at the Spa 24-hour race just how difficult things are currently. When we compete we also want to have the opportunity to fight for victory. This is not currently possible under normal circumstances. It goes without saying that the motivation also suffers, especially for our partners Enzo Ide and Anthony Kumpen. For this reason, we have decided not to race at the Slovakia Ring,” explains Phoenix Team Boss Ernst Moser.

The team and drivers will decide at a later date whether the #5 Phoenix Audi of Ide/Kumpen, who currently share eighth position in the standings after three rounds, will compete in the remaining FIA GT Series races at Navarra/Spain (September 28/29) and in Baku/Azerbaijan (October 19/20).

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