Martin Kodric remains positive after frustrating weekend in Blancpain GT Series Asia at Fuji

July 2018
Martin Kodric
Croatian racer Martin Kodric said he would remain positive despite a frustrating trip to Fuji in the Blancpain GT Series Asia this weekend (21-22 July).

The FFF Racing Team by ACM driver settled for fifth place in the first race after a success penalty carried over from their previous win thwarted a certain podium place.And there was further disappointment when a puncture to the #19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in race two left teammate Dennis Lind trailing behind – with the team pointless for the first time this season.But despite dropping to second place in the overall Championship standings, the 21-year-old ADD Management driver was positive they will fight their way back in the next round.He said: “It was a frustrating weekend overall. We were on the back foot from the start with BoP adding more kilos to our car and taking them off our competitors.“Despite this, we could have still been in first or second in the first race without the success penalty. “The puncture was another blow as we had saved our new tyres for that stint.“It’s a really disappointing weekend, we went there to win and we pushed as much as we could, but it didn’t happen.“We now go again. We are still positive and confident we can get the win in the next round and get the lead back for the title.”

The FFF Racing Team by ACM driver finished with a win and a podium last time out to extend their overall and Silver Cup championship leads.However, the BoP (Balance of Power) made life difficult for the team at Fuji this weeeknd.The drivers finished in P3 and P9 in qualifying – with heavy traffic hampering their progress in the second session.A superb start saw Dennis move up into first place from third in the first race. But the 15-second success penalty from their previous win during the pit stop saw Martin resume in fifth – with a good performance helping the team keep the same position.  

Martin Kodric: "We now go again. We are still positive and confident we can get the win in the next round and get the lead back for the title.”

Martin started the second race in P9 and after losing a few places found himself stuck behind a competitor and unable to overtake.But with Dennis taking the new tyres for his stint, the team were still confident they could get something out of the race.Unfortunately, a puncture soon after meant he had to pit again and left the team finishing in 19th.The series now takes a two-month break before moving on to Shanghai on September 22/23 for the penultimate rounds.Martin added: “We are not far away from the leaders and although it wasn’t what we hoped for, we believe we can turn it around again.“We’re really looking forward to putting things right in Shanghai.”