The first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza was a tough start to the season for Kessel
Racing and Brisbane driver Liam Talbot.
With both fastest qualifier and category win at the 2015 event, team expectations were high returning to
Monza with Swiss team Kessel Racing.
An early breakage in the race knocked the team out of contention in Italy, which was not the season debut
the team had planned.
With round two of BES at Silverstone on the 14-15th May, Talbot will be back behind the wheel of the
Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 GT3.
With increased intensity to both physical preparation and significant time spent on the simulator in training
back in Australia to prepare for the pace of Silverstone, expectations remain high.
-Liam Talbot (Team Driver LTR) – The challenge and the excitement in racing is that there are both
physically and literally so many moving parts in the team. From training and nutrition, to sim coaching and
driver training, to the entire pit crew keeping the wheels turning. A breakage in racing is simply part of the
exercise and despite best efforts, can sometimes be unavoidable. It’s what makes the successes so much
more spectacular, when it all comes together and returns the result.
– Far from being disheartened, we are absolutely pumped. It’s been a long off season and to be back
behind the wheel with Kessel is unbelievable. Coming into the 2016 series with only 3 years racing
experience, we’ve come a long way in a very short time and it’s something I’m very conscious of as we
move forward and learn to take it all in my stride.
-David Hardman (Team Director LTR) – 2016 is shaping up to be the most exciting season yet for team
LTR. With our season commitment with Kessel cemented for Liam and the crew it’s all about focusing on
the task at hand as I focus on the development of the business as a whole. I was happy with the pace of
the Ferrari at Monza so it was disappointing to be out so early in the race. We’ll regroup for Silverstone and
be back even stronger.