Strong Performance by Singaporean Sean Hudspeth in the opening round of the 2023 GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Championship.
It was a strong start to the weekend with Sean qualifying P3 in class and P14 overall out of a field of 29 cars with no bronze (amateur) drivers on the grid. His last lap would have put him on class pole position and P9 overall had it not been for Marciello in the no. 88 Mercedes illegally blocking him in the last corner. He was later given a reprimand.
Sean took the start in race 1 and handed the car over in P3 at the driver change, but unfortunately due to a slow pit stop and out-lap, he and his teammate dropped to P5 in class but still managed to bag some good points.
Hudspeth was set to take the finish in the second stint of race 2 but unfortunately a mechanical problem meant he couldn’t start the engine after just completing the driver change. As a result, the team had to retire the car.
The potential for a podium was promising as Sean was on new tyres, ready to undercut their rivals but it wasn’t meant to be. Sights are firmly set on the next race of the championship in Misano in July.