It has been an extreme first four races for Aidan Read in his ADAC GT Masters debut, with trophies, pole positions, and bad weather welcoming the student athlete to the European circuit.
Round one was a dream start for Aidan, as he reached pole position racing alongside teammate Marvin Dienst.
Aidan took the car in first position at midpoint, leading the field of professional drivers with the crowd watching on.
Aidan kept composure, holding out the lead position throughout the majority of the race.
The rain proved to be Aidan’s downfall, as he was overtaken by several drivers on the dangerous semi-wet track to finish in P5 overall and P3 in the Junior Trophy.
The second race of the weekend saw weather conditions worsen, as Aidan’s first drive with the AMG Mercedes in wet conditions saw him finish qualifying in P28.
Racing cautiously in an event that saw many other cars damaged, Aidan brought the car to Dienst in P22, who then finished the race maintaining P22.
“What a weekend of ups and downs,” said Aidan, speaking after the first two races.
“If you had said before the weekend began that I would finish in P5 on my Masters debut and stand on the podium at my first event I would of course have taken it, but in the circumstances, it feels deflating as we really could have won.”
Aidan then returned to Czech Republic for races 3 and 4 in Most between 17 and 19 May.
The weekend at Most showcased a fault-free performance in both races while battling with factory drivers from major manufacturers to hold position.
Aidan kept out of trouble in race two when others around him faltered and handed the car to his teammate for a strong finish, rounding out the weekend with the second and sixth place finishes.
The strong consistency of results in races 3 and 4 sees Aidan now sit at the top of the Junior Trophy Leaderboard, and 11th overall.
Racing against a variety of experienced drivers, it is an exceptional achievement for Aiden in his debut.
The championship now heads for the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 7-9 of June.
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