Croatian driver Martin Kodric is excited but focused with the first race in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup just around the corner. The 19-year-old Barwell Motorsport racer is looking to get points on the board in Monza this weekend as the team size up the competition in the Pro-Am category.
A brilliant run in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe in 2016 saw the ADD Motorsports-supported driver collect a win and podiums on his way to fourth overall. And despite a 53-car entry list for the first race - including 31 with a full Pro line-up - he is confident of making an impact this season as well.
He said: “I feel prepared and ready to go. The first weekend is about seeing where we are compared to other teams so a strong race and getting points on the board is really important.
“There are lots more points to be had in the two rounds at Paul Ricard and Total 24 Hours of Spa, so we want to be in touching distance of the leading pack by then.
“But we feel confident we can get on the podium this weekend as well.
“There’s a lot to take on board this weekend and two teammates to share responsibility with for the first time and I’m there to help the AM driver as much as I can.
“But I’m really looking forward to the challenge and getting out there again.”
Martin Kodric: ready for action at Monza with new team Barwell Motorsport
Martin Kodric: "I'm looking forward to the challenge and getting out there again."
Kodric was one of the youngest and least experienced drivers in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe series last season. But he made his mark on the competition with some superb performances - staying in the title hunt until the final weekend of the season.
This season is a similar situation, with Martin and his teammates Adrian Amstutz and Patrick Kujala among the least experienced line-up in the field – but with great potential to go far. Kodric began an extensive pre-season testing programme with Barwell Motorsport at Monza at the beginning of March.
The five-round competition sees the team take in Monza this weekend, before heading to Silverstone in May. They then head to Circuit Paul Ricard in June and Total 24 Hours of Spa in July, before the finale in Barcelona in September.
Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports, added: “Martin has already got off to a good start to the season in the Blancpain GT Series Asia and now gets the chance to polish his skills on the European scene.
“He will be tested on his own driving and how he coaches the AM driver, so we will know a lot more about where he is and where we are as a team after the weekend.
“We’re really excited to get going after a successful winter pre-season.”