18-year-old Dubai-born teenager Aliyyah Koloc made a strong return to the FFSA GT4 Series at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend, taking her best finish to date in the highly competitive championship.
Racing returns to
the French GT4
Not since the opening round of the season at Nogaro in April had Aliyyah
raced in the championship but she was joined in the #29 Mercedes-AMG
GT4 by Buggyra ZM Racing chief designer David Vrsecky for the pair of
Race 1 Qualifying was a struggle
for the pair, who could only
manage 36th on the grid after
failing to find the ideal setup on
The race produced much better fortunes as Aliyyah managed her tires well
during her stint and David perfecting a series of excellent overtakes, meaning
the pair crossed the line 23rd at the end.
The result was particularly satisfying as it
was the team's first evening race, which
featured the additional challenge of
diminishing visibility due to the setting sun as
well as hanging clouds of dust from the
Speaking about the first race, Aliyyah reflected: "It was my
first time racing this late in the day, it was really cool fun.
During my stint there was a long
safety car period because there
was a big accident, so it got a
In the first lap, there was a lot of chaos, so I just had to
But then the pace was really good,
David did a great job as well." Race
2 David Vrsecky took the start for
Sunday's race from 30th position.
This second encounter was a case of missed opportunities as a
first-corner incident in second lap cost the team time and positions
right at the start of the 60-minute race.
Despite this initial setback, the
team rallied on and made it to the
end of the race, finishing 9th in the
Silver class and 25th overall.
" The team's chief designer and Aliyyah's mentor, David Vršecky
summed up the weekend's performance: "Our first race in the dark, we
were so happy after the finish.
A lot of cars had drivethrough
penalties as well and there was a
lot of contact, so today, I felt that it
was a much harder race.
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