Akhil Rabindra, the only Indian on the European GT4 Championship grid, finished P11 in the silver category in Race 1 alongside teammate Hugo Conde in an incident-filled round four of the championship on Saturday in Belgium.
The race was held at the iconic Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, which also serves as the venue for the highly anticipated Belgian Grand Prix.
The Indo-French pairing driving the Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 for AGS Events Racing Team had previously finished P13 and P12 in the Silver category in Qualifying Races 1 and 2.
Akhil took the wheel following the pit stop in Race 1 of the European GT4 Championship’s fourth round and put together an impressive run to finish P11 in the Silver category and P23 overall from a grid of 37 cars. Akhil completed 21 laps in 1:02:22.434 minutes while driving.
Circuit Spa is renowned for its inclement weather, and the rain began during the formation lap, causing numerous splashes and visual disruptions for the grid drivers. Akhil started Race 2 and Hugo took over the driver’s seat following the pit stop, but with only a few minutes remaining on the final lap, the damper failed and the duo finished 14th in the Silver Cup category after completing 19 laps in 57:09.649 seconds and finishing P36 overall.
In an official statement, Akhil Rabindra stated, “We could have performed much better and are unsatisfied with our performance. It was difficult due to the rain, which impacted both the speed and the unexpected technical glitch at the end of the race. We will need to continue improving our performance in order to ensure that such indirect and unforeseen obstacles do not significantly impact our positions in the future.”
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In Round 4 of the European GT4 Series, the #22 Allied Racing Porsche won Silver Cup, the #42 Sainteloc Racing Audi won Pro-am, and the #12 BMW won AM Cup. The European GT4 Series will now host round five of the championship at the Circuit Nurburgring in Germany from September 3rd – 5th, 2021.
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