Teo Martín Motorsport achieves first win of the year with McLaren
Teo Martín Motorsport has achieved its first victory in this new era with McLaren this weekend in Hockenheim and it was the first international win for the British brand with the new McLaren 720S GT3.
The team debuted on the German track and after collecting good data in free practice on Friday, Saturday’s qualifying had Fran Rueda P5 with Martin Kodric P9 and Allam Khodair as PROAM P7.
Already in the race, the Spanish driver was able to defend his starting position while the Brazilian advanced from the thirteenth to the seventh with his Croatian teammate in ninth after the first lap.
Safety Car was deployed minutes later due to a big accident and left the strategic fight wide open just before the driver change in which Fran Rueda and Martin Kodric were the first to make their move looking for clean air for their teammates.
Khodair remained on track until the end of the driver change to make it easier the final part of the race to his teammate Marcelo Hahn who was fourth PROAM after the changes with Saravia second and Chaves fourth with more than 20 minutes to go.
The driver from Guatemala overook the leader of the race in just a few laps and imposed his pace until the end of the race to give the team its first victory of the year with the McLaren. Then behind, Chaves fought until the last lap for the podium but finally crossed the finish line in fourth place with Hahn sixth in PROAM class.
In the second qualifying session Chaves achieved the fourth fastest time with Saravia thirteenth and Hahn as the eighth best PROAM.
The race started well for the team with an aggressive Chaves attacking for the third place while Saravia tried to advance from the thirteenth and Hahn was already seventh PROAM after the first lap.
A few laps later the Brazilian had contact with Christoph Lenz in the fight for position and received a 5-seconds penalty added to the final time in the race.
After driver changes Kodric was fourth on track with Rueda seventeenth after his stop including handicap and Khodair eighth PROAM with 25 mins to go.
Finally, after good battles on track, Kodric crossed the finish line fifth with Rueda fourteenth and Khodair as the seventh PROAM.
Thus, Martin Kodric and Henrique Chaves are third in the standings with 30 points, Fran Rueda and Andrés Saravia are fifth with 25 and Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khodair are seventh in PROAM with 10 points. The team is second in the general standings with 31 points.
Next International GT Open round is scheduled for June 7-9 in Spa-Francorchamps.
ALLAM KHODAIR – “It has not been the best weekend for us but we have learned a lot with the modifications that have been made in the car. We lost a possible podium in the first race for ten extra seconds in the box and today also good points for the contact at the beginning. We are very happy for the team’s first victory with this car; we are in the right direction and already thinking about the next race in Spa“.
MARCELO HAHN – “The weekend has not been easy for us but we are taking good steps. We are happy with the work of the team and the evolution of the car. We will try to recover in the championship in the next races in Spa where we will continue working to make this car a winner one”.
ANDRÉS SARAVIA: “I’m very happy for achieving the first win with the McLaren 720S GT3 in a mythic track as Hockenheim. That was amazing! Now we are eager to reapeat this success in Spa in two weeks“.
FRAN RUEDA: “I’m leaving Hockenheim very happy with our results! Achieving the first victory has motivated us all a lot and finally all the preseason work has paid off. Every weekend we take positive steps and I hope to continue in this line in two weeks at Spa-Francorchamps“.
HENRIQUE CHAVES: “Tough weekend with some mechanical problems affecting our performance but we bounced back and got into P3 in the championship. Next is spa and we want to get closer to P1 so we will work hard to achieve that“.
MARTIN KODRIC: “Tough weekend in Germany but we are leaving with points in the bag from both races. Spa is only two weekends away and we are determined and hungry for the win more than ever“.