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2022 GT World Problem Europe: Arjun Maini on podium at Imola | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3, Maini, Scholze and Haupt completed third within the Gold Cup.

Arjun Maini had a powerful begin to his GT World Problem Europe marketing campaign, with a podium end on the season opener at Imola. The #5 Haupt Racing Crew (HRT) crew of Maini, Florian Scholze and Hubert Haupt completed third within the Gold Cup class.

  • Maini on the rostrum in his debut GT World Problem Europe race
  • Assured that HRT could be title contenders
  • Rossi 17th after pit cease error

Podium end at Imola

Maini just lately signed with HRT for his second season within the DTM. His affiliation with the crew spans a number of collection and consists of outings within the newly-formed Gold Cup class of the GT World Problem Europe. It primarily replaces the earlier Am class within the endurance racing collection and to be eligible, the motive force crew has to consist of 1 professional racer (Maini), together with a Silver stage (Haupt) and Bronze stage driver (Scholze). The trio is splitting driving duties behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3 – the identical automobile that Maini drives within the DTM.

The three-hour race at Imola was interrupted by a number of collisions. Round two hours in, HRT took benefit of this to fit in a pit cease and Maini rejoined the monitor in third place.

He held on to that place until the top of the race handy HRT a podium end. Talking after the race, Maini expressed confidence that he and HRT could be championship contenders. “I believe total it was weekend for us, robust factors,” Maini stated. “In qualifying we had a little bit of visitors, so we couldn’t optimise it. So I’m glad we made it up within the race. However nonetheless, I believe we as a crew need extra and we’ll work actually onerous in the direction of this. I believe we will undoubtedly be championship contenders and onwards to Paul Ricard, the place I believe we will battle for the win. Wanting ahead to it.”

Rossi 17th in Silver Cup

Not too long ago-retired MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi can be competing in the identical collection for Crew WRT, as he makes the change from two to four-wheel racing. Nevertheless, he might solely handle a 17th place outcome within the Silver Cup after a pit cease error.

Resulting from miscommunication within the heavy visitors within the pitlane, Rossi overshot the pit field place and needed to do one other lap earlier than handing the automobile over to Fred Vervisch.

Rossi stated, “It was an excellent weekend, we labored quite a bit and properly, and I loved each second.” He added,“Within the race, I used to be robust, we might have gone for outcome, within the top-10, however sadly, there was this error on the pit cease, however we are going to study from it. I nonetheless have to deal with a number of new issues in GT racing, the place you’ve so many variables and knowledge to deal with, I suppose that is what you name expertise.”

2022 DTM season

Maini can be gearing up for his second 12 months within the DTM. Final 12 months he’d change into the first-ever Indian driver to compete within the collection, and scored his maiden podium outcome on the Norisring finale. Whereas he continues to be part of the Mercedes-AMG motorsport roster, he’s now joined HRT – the crew that gained the drivers’ title final 12 months with Maximilian Gotz – for his newest outing.

The 2022 DTM season kicks off on Could 1 at Portimao in Portugal. Eight rounds shall be held this season, with a complete of 16 races throughout Europe.

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