GT Open: Solaris Motorsport 2015 Season Preview

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Pre season preparation for Italian based team Solaris Motorsport is in full gear, in the lead up to their 2015 European campaign. The team will race in the 2015 International GT Open Series with a Callaway Corvette Z06R, under the guidance of reigning EuroV8 Series Champion Francesco Sini and driver Stefano Costantini. After the teams debut GT3 win last season, during the last race of Italian GT championship with the SaReNi Camaro GT3, the Notaresco-based team decided to take part of one of the most important international series, choosing a european tournament in order to grow and gain further experience for being competitive in a potential future outing in a larger world GT series. The two drivers chosen by Solaris are young, close knit and fast in order to storm the GTS class.

"After the victory of the 2014 EuroV8 Series title I wanted to try out myself in a new demanding challenge. I'm excited to hit the track with my new opponents, it's a big step for me but it's a very important moment for the whole the team too. - said Francesco Sini - I'm very happy to share the Corvette cockpit with Stefano, his experience with this kind of car will help all of us to to grow up more quickly."

Apart from their recent Euro V8 title, the teams CV also includes both the 2007 Italian Prototype Champion, winner of the European Radical Master Series in the following year, as well as success in the Radical World Cup. "Yes, it's a comeback to the origins for me, to the races where I started my career after karting and where I grew up as a driver. For sure, GT cars are very different from sportscars I drove in the past, but I'm sure that the experience will help me a lot this season, mainly in how to approach a race."

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GT Open veteran Stefano Costantini will share the Corvette Z06R cockpit with Sini. The Italian driver's resume includes stints in the Seat Leon Supercopa Italia, where he was two times runner up in both of the two years he raced, as well as two formative seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup. Costantini in 2013, then set his sights on the International GT Open, where he obtained solid results. His increasing performances gave him one victory and four podiums in the 5 races he competed in 2014. "I want to re-affirm last year's good performances! I tried the car during the test sessions and I'm confident we have the right potential. Francesco showed what he can do in these years and I don't think I have to tell you who he is. The team is at its rookie year in the series, but the guys work hard, we have some things to fix for sure, but we have all we need to." Costantini has a right target for this season: "I want continuity, I was often fast until now but for different reasons I couldn't keep up my performances. If this year we will be good and competitive in each race, the final spot in standings can be very interesting."

After the triumphal 2014 season, a very demanding year with a project totally new waits for Solaris Motorsport. Roberto Sini, team owner, pushes his guys: "Last year we showed our value, we won the EuroV8 Series with Francesco and we gave to SaReNi Camaro GT3 its first historical victory in Europe, at our debut in GT races. This season will be very long and tricky for us, probably we will have some difficulties and we will have to learn a lot of things, but with the right spirit we can reach every goal." The International GT Open is an GT3 European championship with seven rounds around the most important tracks of the continent. The series will take place in Paul Ricard, Estoril, Silverstone, Red Bull Ring, Spa, Monza, and Barcelona between April and November.

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Recently, the team completed a successful second test with their Chevrolet Corvette Z06R at the Vallelunga Circuit in Italy. The team set a great pace and consistent times, that have earned the top of their Day 1 classification. This allowed the team to test different setups and discover the performances and the characteristic differences between the tyres used in International GT Open and Italian GT championship. The squad also performed several pit stop simulations, which also tested the entire team of mechanics and engineers.

The test was also the second for Francesco Sini, after the positive debut in Adria  two weeks ago. The Italian driver found the right feeling early on, with the car on the fast track of Vallelunga, posting good times near the top of the best GT3 cars. “I’m very satisfied about these two days of the test," commented Sini. "The team and me had a lot of time to test and work on the car in the best way possible. We scored great times too and we are very happy about this, we know we are just at the beginning and we can improve something more.”

The test also saw the first kilometers in the Corvette for Stefano Costantini at his home track. The expert Italian driver brought his vast experience to the team, helping the engineers find the best setups and scoring very interesting times, early on. “We worked a lot testing a big number of parts and trying various setup. The car is very different than what I drove until now, but it’s clear that the potential is very high. – said Costantini – I’m feeling good with the team, It seems very professional despite only working on the car from two months ago. These days were very profitable for everyone of us.”

“The team worked hard and now we can see the result. I’m very happy about the Stefano’s debut, he could show what he can do and his feeling with the team was good. Francesco made an incredible job for the team, keeping on the work started in Adria. We are just at the beginning of the year, but I think I can tell that I'm confident for the rest of this impegnative season.”

Solaris Motorsport will be back on track again in the next weeks, for further test in order to develop the car and train to the best the team to race conditions.


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