A step up the racing ladder for Solaris in 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

With one complete season with their Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 now under their belts, Italian squad Solaris Motorsport have decided to take the next step the racing ladder for 2017 as they embark upon a full season of european racing within the International GT Open Championship.

Having concentrated their transfer to their new AMR chassis last year primarily within their domestic Italian Gran Turismo Championship securing a whole mixed bag of results from podium to DNF's in th process, the team did see out the year at the finale of the International GT Open securing a podium finish in the second race along with AMR supply driver Jody Fannin.

It was that experience that changed their minds for this year!

 Sini / Fannin - Int GT Open 
Sini / Mugelli - Ital GT

With the team also now having secured full AMR Partner Team status for 2017, their black and gold V12 Vantage will again be driven this year by team lead driver Francesco Sini who will this year be joined by accomplished Swiss driver Mauro Calamia

Calamia is no stranger to the worldwide racing scene having successfully competed in the Trofeo Maserati World Series, GT4 European Series and the 2016 12hours of Abu Dhabi were he secured a third placed finish to mention a few.

"I'm very happy to be part of the Solaris Motorsport family! I'm excited about this new challenge! I have to discover the car and know all the secrets, but I'm confident with Francesco we could reach important goals - I know I'm in the right team, with the right teammate to be competitive this season!" Calamia said.

Team principle Roberto Sini said that after two years in the Italian series they needed to take on a new challenge. "We decided to race in an European contest against a lot of strong competitors. The podium we got in Barcelona motivated us to accept this new project, with a car, the Aston Martin GT3, that proved to be very competitive last year.

Speaking with the team today, we understand that the new driver line up are scheduled to test somewhere in Italy next week although the team's attendance at the official series test in Barcelona this weekend is unlikely and attendance within the 'winter series' is also yet to be decided.

Photo credits - Fotospeedy / Solaris

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