Martin Kodric stays in title hunt after solid weekend in International GT Open at Hockenheim.

May 2019
Martin Kodric
Croatian driver Martin Kodric ensured he remained in the title hunt after a solid weekend in the International GT Open at Hockenheim this weekend (25-26 May).

The Teo Martín McLaren racer finished P4 and P5 - with a 10 second success penalty carried over from their debut podium preventing what could have been a first win of the season.

Martin and teammate Henrique Chaves put in some excellent times and performances despite a lack of testing time at the track.

But the points saw them leave the circuit third in the overall standings and certain a win is just around the corner.

The ADD Management driver said: “We were a little disappointed to finish outside of the podiums, but we got some good points that keep us up there.

“I was flying in the second race and I’m sure we would have won without the success penalty.

“But we are looking good and while this weekend didn’t go exactly to plan, we feel a win is just around the corner.”

Martin got his Championship and team debut off to a great start with a second-place finish in the first race at Paul Ricard last time out in the #59 720S GT3.

Moving on to Hockenheim, the team tried a few different things in free practice and with older tyres used, the slower times were expected. But they were still confident of being in and around the top places when the racing started.

Martin went off first in qualifying on the new set of tyres and put in a good lap. Unfortunately, on his faster lap a red flag stopped proceedings which left him P9.

Martin swapped positions early on when the racing began and was in a good position when a safety car put a halt to the racing until lap 5, following a collision.

After setting off again he boxed early and Henrique took over, bringing the car home in P4.

"We were a little disappointed to finish outside of the podiums, but we got some good points that keep us up there."

The same driver then brought the car in in P4 in the second qualifying session and got off to a good start in Race 2, running in P3 at the end of the first lap.

He pitted early and when Martin came out on new tyres he was flying, making up a lot of time. Despite a 10-second penalty carried over from the previous rounds, he managed to keep his position, eventually bringing the car home in P5.

It left the team third in the standings, but with the knowledge there will be no success penalties hampering them next round at Spa.

Martin added: “You have weekends that don’t quite go right for various reasons. The red flag in qualifying set us back, but there were a few things that didn’t go how we would have hoped.

“But we go to Spa full of confidence and in a good position, so hopefully we can put things right there.”