Not the event Solaris were hoping for at Mugello

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Having spent the last three weeks meticulously preparing their Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3  for the fourth round of the Italian GT Series, Solaris Motorsport were looking to exceed their previous finishes in search of the lofty heights of the top step of the podium at Mugello.

As with many things, best laid plans can often go downhill and sadly for the team that downward spiral in circumstance began with the two free practice sessions when the changeable weather conditions at the circuit left them battling for the optimum set-up, difficult when one half the session was wet and the other half dry.

With that imbalance remaining within the car lead driver Francesco Sini was only able to secure a P9 position in his qualifying session whilst Max Mugelli, at his home event struggled with a P14. That left a lot to make up for in the two races.

Despite both Saturdays and Sundays races being in the dry the 'damage' had already been done and the team's lack of setup data for the circuit became apparent as Sini struggled with both a poorly performing car and self induced errors that a car of that nature induces - a finishing position of P7 was the best he could do.

Worse still was to come for Mugelli in race 2 on Sunday morning when on only the third lap of the race a recovering Mugelli was tapped into a spin by the #32 Imperiale Racing Lamborghini Huracan before colliding heavily with the tyre wall causing significant and race ending frontal damage.

Fortunately Mugelli himself was OK but the #007 shall require some careful TLC before the next round of the series at Vallelunga after the summer break in September.

Photo credits - Italian GT / Solaris
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