Ford GT1 ready to join FIA GT field

Matech Concepts says its new Ford GT1 project will be ready to join the grid for the start of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone in May

Ford GT1 ready to join FIA GT field

The Swiss squad, which won the teams' title in last year's GT3 series, has designed the new Ford in preparation for the new GT1 World Championship that FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel is launching in 2010.

The car is set to make its debut at the official pre-season test at Paul Ricard on 6-7 April, and then to race at Silverstone on 3 May, where Matech also expects to field at least one customer car alongside its own entry.

Team boss Martin Bartek believes the Ford GT1 will immediately be a threat to the established cars.

"We consider 2009 as a development year to gather as much knowledge as possible before the launch of the FIA GT World Championship in 2010, but based on last year's successful GT3 experience we feel extremely confident about the car's competitiveness right from the start of the season," he said.

Nissan also recently announced that it would run its new GT1 machine in a handful of FIA GT rounds this year to gain competitive mileage prior to a 2010 championship bid.

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