Matech Concepts, based on the prototype fielded in the earlier season, started developing a new Ford GT1 as in the early hours as 2009, before the regulations of the new GT Championship came into force.
Matech Competition stopped in Spain at the Ascari circuit to carry out the roll-out of the new car. With Thomas Mutsch at the wheel, the first metres of the new Ford GT1 went according to plan, just as the driver and Martin Bartek had been hoping: “The car is entirely new”. The next step will be the “balance of performance” at Portimão on 3rd and 4th February, after that further testing at the Alcañiz circuit where a handful of formerly selected drivers will take the wheel of the Ford GT1. This first stage will then be completed by the presentation of the vehicle to the press in Paris on 1 March 2010.
Matech Competition has invited 7 drivers to take part in a comparative test in a “special” Ford GT3 on the Portimão circuit, to find out the final line-up for the cockpits of the 2 Ford GT1 cars. Alongside the 5 men – Mathias Beche, Yann Zimmer, Borja Garcia, Casper Elgaard and Carlo Van Dam – the group also includes 2 ladies, Natacha Gachnang and Cyndie Allemann. ‘’Our goal, clearly, is to form 2 teams that are as strong as possible by giving young drivers, including women, an opportunity to compete. For these tests, they’ll be driving one of our Ford GT3 cars on which we have removed the ballast and the air-restrictor so that it will handle in the same way on the track as the GT1,” explains Martin Bartek. Later than this initial evaluation, there will be a few candidates for further tests including Jonathan Hirschi and Marc Hennerici. The test will be in the Ford GT1 at the Motorland circuit in the vicinity of Alcañiz.