Kodric gets season off to a flyer with a brilliant podium on Blancpain GT Series Asia opener at Sepang

April 2018
Martin Kodric
Croatian driver Martin Kodric got his season off to a brilliant start with a podium on the Blancpain GT Series Asia opener at Sepang this weekend (13-15 April).

Running in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with FFF Racing by ACM in the Silver Cup, the 22-year-old battled hard to take second place in the first race with teammate Dennis Lind.A fine sixth place in the second race despite position penalties left them second overall.And the ADD Motorsports-supported racer couldn’t have been happier with the performance on what they regarded as one of their weaker tracks.He said: “It was a really positive weekend and good opening round overall.“Sepang is one of the weakest tracks for our car, but we did the best we could and to have come away with a podium and second overall after the first round is a great effort.“We want to win the Championship so have put ourselves in a really good position.”

Martin contested a handful of Blancpain GT Series Asia rounds with Lamborghini outfit VSR last year and after claiming three Pro/Am victories in Europe was raring to go again with his new team in the opening round contested by 29 entries.He was joined by Danish Formula Ford champion Lind, who made his name by winning the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final and taking the European Super Trofeo crown.Three days of testing in the week went well and Lind got them off to the best possible start by taking pole in the first qualifying session.Taking the second session, Martin was hampered by traffic, but still brought the car home in seventh.Lind got the team off to a great start in the first race on new tyres and when he pitted, the team’s strategy saw Martin stay on the same set - while their Mercedes rivals changed to new.It left them struggling for pace in comparison – and despite some heroic defending in a ferocious battle, he was eventually overtaken on the outside, bringing the car home in second.

Martin Kodric: "We want to win the Championship so have put ourselves in a really good position.”

Starting in seventh position in the second race, Martin got the team off to a great start, overtaking a couple of cars early on.But he was left with a damaged tyre after contact by another driver which slowed him down - although he still managed to bring the car home in ninth.Position penalties from their first race meant they had to wait longer when pitting and Lind came out in 16th.But a change of tyres saw him move up the field, ending well in sixth place and second overall in the Championship. Martin added: “Dennis did everything he could in the first race to build a gap but we gambled on the tyres a little and I caught some GT4 traffic while exiting the pits. “I did everything to defend but he was attacking well. It was really close and probably the best battle I’ve ever had, but we just didn’t have the tyres to stay ahead.  “But overall, it was a really promising weekend and we look forward to moving on now!”