Hexis AMR: New circuit, new driver

Friday, May 21, 2010

Circuits are linked together and rhythm is still as sustained for HEXIS AMR! The team press on their Old World tour and will go to Brno (Czech Republic) next week. On this weekend of May 22nd and 23rd: the FIA GT1 World Championship third leg, and the second one of the FIA GT3 European Championship. Brno represents a significant turning point in the sporting season of HEXIS AMR, who already is at the third of the GT3 Championship. Pressure will thus move up a notch for the Makowiecki/Rodrigues and Accary/Paillard duos, respectively at the wheel of the Aston Martin DBRS9s #1 and #2, who will have to win as many points as possible to keep their European title.

The DB9 GT1 #1 is going to have a new driver: Stéphane Sarrazin will run by Frédéric Makowiecki’s side for both the Brno and Paul Ricard (July 3rd/4th) legs. The other crews (GT1 and GT3) remain the same. Stéphane Sarrazin, Peugeot Sport official driver, will thus join the team for the next two legs of the FIA GT1 World Championship. First, let’s go back to his record:

Born on 02/11/1975 in Alès (France)
2009: Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot Sport) pole position, 2nd in race
Winner Petit Le Mans (Peugeot Sport)
Sebring 12 Hours (Peugeot Sport), 2nd
Rallye de Monte Carlo IRC (Peugeot 207 Super 2000), 3rd
2008: Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot Sport) pole position, 5th in race
Winner of Spa 24 Hours FIA GT (Maserati Vitaphone)
2007 : Le Mans Series Champion (Peugeot Sport)
Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot Sport), pole position, 2nd in race
2006: Aston Martin Racing official driver, American Le Mans Series GT1 vice-champion (6 podium finishes, of which 3 wins), 5th GT1 in Le Mans 24 Hours
2005: World Rallye Championship (Subaru Prodrive), FIA GT and ALMS championships, 3rd GT1 in Le Mans 24 Hours (Aston Martin)
2004 : French Rallye Champion (Subaru)
2003 : 2nd in Le Mans 1000 km, 5th in FIA Sports Cars, 8th in Le Mans 24 Hours (Courage Pescarolo)
1999-2002: Formula 1, Prost Grand Prix and Toyota 3rd driver, 1 Grand Prix (Minardi)
1998-2001: Formula 3000, 2 wins
1997: Formule 3 French Vice Champion
1994: Formula Renault French Champion
1991: French Karting double Champion

Albeit unexpected, the signature between Stéphane Sarrazin and HEXIS AMR is a nice wink! Indeed, it is in the early nineties that this young man meets the HEXIS company, which then becomes his sponsor in Formula 3. A few years and kilometres later, Sarrazin has HEXIS Racing discover an English brand … Aston Martin, and its manufacturer Prodrive! It goes without saying Sarrazin’s and HEXIS AMR’s fates have been closely tied for a while! Today, the driver is glad to join the team and find the Aston Martin DB9. These movements in a world championship will enable him to accumulate kilometres for Le Mans 24 hours with the Peugeot Sport team.

Finally, the details of the GT1 and GT3 programmes, with TV channels broadcasting the event (local time):

Saturday May 22ndt: 9h-9h50 Qualifying GT3
11h15-12h15 Qualifying GT1 (www.gt1world.com)
14h15-15h15 Race 1 GT3 (Motors TV, Bloomberg TV)
17h30-18h30 Qualifying Race GT1 (www.gt1world.com)

Sunday May 23rd: 9h-9h30 Warm Up GT1 (www.gt1world.com)
12h15-13h15 Race 2 GT3 (Motors TV, Bloomberg TV)
14h15-15h15 Championship Race GT1 (www.gt1world.com, Sport+)

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