Oct 2016

Jody joins Solaris Motorsport for Barcelona International GT Open


Jody Fannin will join Aston Martin Racing Partner Team, Solaris Motorsport for the last round of the International GT Open Championship at the Circuit De Catalunya north of Barcelona on 5/6 November alongside regular driver Francesco Sini.

The established Italian team have raced the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in the Italian GT Championship this year, scoring three podiums in their first year with the car. Francesco Sini, the 2014 Euro V8 Series Champion and 2008 Radical Masters Champion commented "I'm excited to be back in the International GT Open. Our Aston Martin was very competitive in the Italian GT Championship and I'm confident that together with Jody we can aim at important goals." Francesco will make his third appearance  in the GT Open, after taking part in the 2015 Paul Ricard and Monza rounds. "It will be the first time I drive with Jody, but I'm sure we will find the right feeling early. He knows the car very well and this can help us to find a good race pace quickly. I want to finish the season with the best result possible!"

"After the good season in the Italian GT Championship, we had the desire to face an international challenge. The GT Open round in Barcelona is the best stage we could choose because of the high level of the participants and because there will be other Aston Martins on track, two factors that will tell us how competitive we are. We will have also new Michelin tyres, instead of the usual Pirelli, and we will have to discover their behaviour." commented Roberto Sini, who is helped in managing the team by his sons Francesco and Laura. "I'm very happy to have a young and talented driver as Jody. He's just 23 but he already has a very good background in GT races. His knowledge of the Vantage GT3 will help us make another step forward."

This will be Jody’s first round of the GT Open since a win and a second place at Silverstone in 2014 alongside Darren Turner in a TF Sport Aston Martin. “After my British GT Championship finished a round early, it’ll be good to get out again before the end of the year. I'm looking forward to working with Solaris Motorsport and Francesco. I haven’t been to Barcelona before, but I know the GT3 Aston and am confident that we can run at the sharp end.”

The final round of the International GT Open in Barcelona will start on Friday, November 4th, with two practice sessions, scheduled for 1:30 PM and 4:50 PM. The Saturday morning qualifying session will decide the starting grid for the 70-minute Race 1, which will start at 4:15 PM, while again on Saturday morning at 9:40 there will be a second qualifying session for the 60-minute Race 2. Both the races will be streamed live on the 
official International GT Open YouTube channel.