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GT4 European Series Race Review Round 1

1st Race 4th, 2nd Race DNF

  • Tom Canning Racing
  • Tom Canning Racing

We had a very up and down weekend at Monza for the first round of the GT4 European Series while showing our potential and proving that we will be a strong contender for the championship win.
Practice was very strong. We had good pace but more importantly, great pace over the longer stints, simulating a race situation.
Qualifying wasn’t ideal after my team, Ruben, and I were both held up by traffic on our fastest laps. Considering this, we both put in a solid performance with Ruben finishing 8th in his group which then becomes our grid position for race 1. I then qualified 7th in my group, leading to two decent starting positions for our races.
Race 1 was really strong and displayed what we are capable of as a driver pairing and as a team. We made our way up to 2nd from 8th on the grid with really good race pace. Unfortunately a miss timed pit stop made us miss out on an opportunity to pit under the safety car which allowed 3 cars to jump us in the pit stop. We made one position back to finish 4th. 
After race 1, we had high hopes heading into race 2 to go for the win or at leats a podium. I got a great jump off the line clearing two cars on the run down to turn 1. Unfortunately I was hit from behind under braking into turn 1 after a mistake from the driver from behind. This sadly caused too much damage to our car for us to continue so our race came to an early end.
I really enjoyed my first race weekend with Mirage Racing in the GT4 European Series despite some bad luck. With 10 races remaining in the championship and running 7th in the championship, we are still in a good place to continue our championship fight with only one goal. To win. The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car was a pleasure to drive as usual. I am very excited to get back on track at Paul Ricard for Round 2, with the goal of closing the gap to the championship leaders.
 

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