8.3.2021 – Konsta Lappalainen enters GT World Challenge Sprint & Endurance series as a driver of the famous Emil Frey Racing with teammates Williams F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken and F4 French Champion Arthur Rougier
Flying Finn Konsta Lappalainen, age of 19, takes a bold step in his racing career and after eight seasons with single-seat car he enters into thrilling GT World Challenge Sprint & Endurance series as swiss Emil Frey Racing driver. Lappalainen will be buckled into Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO in five sprint and five endurance racing weekends with Williams F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken, age of 25, and Formula-4 French Champion Arthur Rougier, age of 21, as his teammates.
GT World Challenge gets underway in second weekend of April at traditional Italian circuit of Monza. All events includes free practice sessions, qualifyings and up to three one hour races. In Endurance series the races are minumum three hours and up to 24 hours of length as one of the event is legendary SPA Francorchamps 24 hours Endurance race.
Konsta Lappalainen joins the series after two seasons behind the steering wheel of KIC Motorsport Formula-3 car. By this way he follows in the footsteps of his father, Petri Lappalainen, who won the title of Finnish GT3 Championship series in season 2010.
– I’m very pleased to join the Emil Frey Racing family this season. After the first test it was clear to me that we have a solid package for the championship. For sure, jumping straight into this championship coming from a single seater is a huge challenge for me, but I feel ready to take that step and I know the team will help me grow and ensure that we’re ready for the season kick off. Our driver line-up is strong, and my feeling is telling me that we can push each other to get even stronger during the season. We also have lots of testing during the season so it is very vital for me to get as much mileage as possible with Lamborghihi Huracan GT3 EVO car, Konsta Lappalainen tells.
– I will forever remember how great it felt when 11 years ago I celebrated my fathers GT3 Finnish Championship title. It is therefore a great honor for me to continue from the same point where he once ended his motorsport career. Although the heavy GT-car is a completely different to drive than the light Formula, I will utilize the experience I have gained from Formula 3 and Formula 4 series for having the maximum performance in each event. I’m very confident and cannot wait for season 2021 to get underway, Lappalainen continues.
Emil Frey Racing was founded at 2011. It is a part of Emil Frey Gruppe which is the biggest Premium car import company in Swizerland. Since 2011 Emil Fray Racing has competed in several GT-Championship series in Europe and also collect lots of success. To season 2021 team enters as reighning bronze medalists of GT World Challenge Sprint series and season 2019 Champions of International GT Open racing series.