Martin Kodric remains positive after early end to Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup opener at Monza

April 2018
Martin Kodric
Croatian driver Martin Kodric vowed to remain positive after engine trouble cut his Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup opening round short this weekend (20-22 April).

Competing in the Silver Cup class, the 20-year-old Barwell Motorsports racer had expected his team to be competitive despite a traffic-heavy qualifying session.But his afternoon was over before he had the chance to get behind the wheel in the three-hour encounter when they were forced to retire early.The ADD Motorsports-supported racer said: “It’s very frustrating, but it’s just one of those things. You have to look forward.“Testing was good and we were P2 on the final day, but the heavy traffic compromised us during the qualifying session.“Michele got off to a good start in the race and I thought we were set to have a good day.“To be forced to retire so early on is disappointing, but we must move on.”

After claiming three Pro/Am victories in Europe last season, Martin was joined in the #78 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 by Sandy Mitchell and Michele Beretta for the opening round of the new season.They were fast in testing and finished P2 on the final day, but on his main qualifying lap, Martin's pace and progress were hampered by heavy traffic. The team still managed a respectable 24th overall and 4th in the Silver Cup class. 

Martin Kodric: "To be forced to retire so early on is disappointing, but we must move on." 

Teammate Beretta took the car out first during the 53-entry, three-hour long race, on Sunday, but despite a good start was soon back in the garage with a power issue after just seven laps. After investigating, the team were forced to retire early with an electrical fault in the wiring loom.They now move on to Silverstone for the next round on May 18-20.Martin added: “We pick ourselves up and go again at Silverstone. I still think we will be strong this season, so hopefully we will have some better luck."