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No doubt followers of FIA GT3 racing were surprised at how well the Ford GTs from Matech ran in the first two races at Silverstone earlier this month. No one, however, was prepared for the can of whoop ass they opened up in Bucarest last weekend. Despite heavy rain at times, the two Matech Ford GTs were dominant, though not both at the same time.

The first GT3 race of the weekend was won by the #34 JMB Racing Ferrari F430, but the #43 Matech Ford GT driven by Thomas Mutsch and Martin Bartek finished second, the best result in the first three races of the season for a Ford GT. The second race of the weekend, however, concluded with the #44 Matech Ford GT driven by Stefan van Campenhoudt and Romain Bera crossing the finish line first, ahead of no less than three Porsche GT3s that were chasing it down. Romain Bera was driving the Ford GT at the race's conclusion and didn't realize until after the race that one of his rear tires had gone flat near the end. Despite that and the heavy rain, Matech left Bucharest with its first win and a solid second-place finish – an amazing result considering their program is about four months old.

We've got a gallery full of gorgeous shots from the Bucharest street race, and we threw in a lot of extra pics taken of the headlining FIA GT race, as well. We wish it were easier to follow the FIA GT series from the U.S., as watching such varied marques battling on the same track would be a dream come true, or at least better than watching NASCAR's CoT turning left all day long.

[Source: FIA GT3]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This car could do for Ford, what the Corvette does for Chevrolet. Ford desparately needs a flagship car, especially since Lincoln is back sliding into mediocracy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love hearing people spout off about bad decisions who have no idea what they are talking about. The GT in it's current form would not pass the new safety regulations that just came into place. Modifying the car would have been a massively expensive undertaking (in both monetary and human resources). I'm pretty sure this has all been gone over before The company has other things it needs to focus on, like saving it's business with cars that every day people can and want to buy. And where did you hear it was ever profitable? I highly doubt that the low sales numbers on an expensive, short lived and exclusive product ever even broke Ford even with the out of pocket cost cost to engineer, design, and produce it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that race series is be better than watching any NAS-CRAP. Ford should tie the GT into its racing budget and axe any and all involvement in Nascar which does nothing for ther brand. This would keep the car alive in the racing world so the rich owners of this great car can watch it compete and win on the world stage. Go to Lemans and run agianst the Corvettes and Astons in a real endurance race. A Taurus or Fusion should be able to turn left all day... but lets get a real victory under the Ford name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's always killer to hear!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car could do for Ford, what the Corvette does for Chevrolet. Ford desparately needs a flagship car, especially since Lincoln is back sliding into mediocracy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The title pic for this post looks like it was ripped from one of those new fancy-schmancy high-def racing games, simply gorgeous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      mever mind, i found the article explaining it...
      • 7 Years Ago
      you guys forgot SPOILER ALERT

      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone know where I can catch this series on TV in the US?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ya I would love to watch this, but seems it is never on TV.
      • 7 Years Ago
      YouTube has some of the race, search for "Bucharest Challenge 2007, FIA GT race" and it should pop up. Very cool!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a great looking car. I wish he street version looked like that -- I'd be interested in one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It warms my heart to see that thing taking the checkered flag. yummy!
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