Former F2 favorite Jack Aitken begun his GT career at Monza last weekend as he juggles GT Racing with his Williams F1 role in 2021.
Round one of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS series, the premier championship for GT cars in Europe, marked Jack’s debut in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo run by Swiss team Emil Frey Racing.
However, his co-driver Konsta Lappalainen picked up a puncture in the first half of the three-hour endurance race, this meant that their Lamborghini was no longer able to continue.
“It wasn’t what I expected! We were looking good after practice and qualifying but it was a bit of a chaotic race with bad weather and lots of incidents. As a result, there was plenty of debris on the track and that was probably what caused the puncture. That’s racing though.”
Despite this unfortunate luck for the first race, Jack will chalk it down to experience in a weekend in which he would have been happy with his Practice and Qualifying pace.
“Even though I didn’t get to drive in the race, I still learned a lot from the weekend. Just the experience of being with the team and seeing how an endurance race worked was really valuable.”
“The GT environment is very different to what I’m used to and there was a lot to take in, so I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to do that.”
This year, Jack will be combining his Williams F1 Team reserve driver role with a full-season in GT.
Jack’s next race will now take place at Magny-Cours in France from May 7-9.