Adam ChristodoulouIn Germany last weekend for round two of the 2012 GT Open Championship, British racing driver Adam Christodoulou was making his debut appearance for the all new Lapidus racing team behind the wheel of a formidable McLaren GT3 MP4-12C.

In the car he was joined by team mate Klass Hummel, and for the weekend’s racing was lined up on a grid comprising of 26 GT2 and GT3 class cars for his first race of the 2012 race season.

The competition was taking place on familiar soil; on the famous twists and turns of the world renowned Nurburgring Grand Prix track. This circuit has become something of a home-away-from-home for the former Formula Renault UK champion in recent years, and as ever would end up providing a great show of excitement-laced race action.

The practice session went off smoothly, but the first drama began in qualifying. when it was cut short after some minor contact with another car that caused a tyre to rupture and small damage to the body. With the vehicle in repair for the rest of the qualifying session, the pair’s time was removed, and it forced the drivers into an uncomfortable last place grid spot for race 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying two worked out more favourably. With a clean run, the team posted a good time that placed them third in their class, and 8th overall. But the positives didn’t last all that long, and a penalty for crossing the white lines on turn four putting them back to 4th in class and 12th overall.

The first race was a seventy minute sprint. This allowed plenty of time for the team to get to work and start gaining places. Klaas had a great start, blitzing past three cars before turn two, and continuing to chip away at the competition throughout his stint. The pit lane opened around half an hour in and Christodoulou took the wheel for the remaining time, moving up the field to finish fourth in class and snatching the third fastest lap.

The second race was shorter at just fifty minutes long, and with a better starting grid position, the beginning of the race went well. Adam was first in the car this time, and wasted no time getting stuck into overtaking during the chaos going into turn one. Once the race was truly underway, the cars spread out and it eventually became more tougher to overtake. The reins were handed over to Hummel at the half way mark, and by the time the chequered flag was waved, the team had secured a fourth place finish.

It was a great pair of debut results for the team; a podium result seemed just a hairs-breadth away, which bodes well for future rounds of the championship.

Christodoulou next takes to the track for the 3rd round of the GT Open at the Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps circuit, running the 22nd – 24th June, just one week later for his 2012 debut in the BlancPain Endurance Championship at the french Paul Ricard circuit.