Two hemispheres on two weekends for Solomon with AMG

Aug 29, 2016 // Media Coverage, Race reports, Results / tagged with , , , , ,

Matt Solomon Racing - GT Asia Series/Australian Endurance Championship

Rnd#9/10 - GT Asia Series, Shanghai, China (19-21 August, 2016)

Rnd#2 - Australian Endurance Champ. Sydney Motorsport Park (26-28 August, 2016)

After a ‘gap-year’ from his motorsport activities to begin study in Australia, Hong Kong’s Matt Solomon endured two intense race weekend’s back-to-back in August, campaigning AMG race cars in both the northern and southern hemispheres, in the process reinforcing why he is regarded as one of Asia's most impressive new talents.

Returning to the AMG fold for the Shanghai round of the GT Asia Series, Solomon rejoined the marque for whom the then 17-year old claimed victory at Zhuhai in China alongside two-time Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen. 

Paired with another rising young star, this time Germany’s Nico Bastian in the new-for-2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3, the duo proved to be more than a match for their highly rated team-mate Maro Engel, and the established stars of GT Asia, but sadly a technical challenge and a pit-stop problem kept the two young charges from the podium, but not before Solomon had shown race winning pace.

Just a week later Solomon received a last minute call to join Australian GT regular Mark Griffith in Sydney for a three-hour endurance event in an Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 - the very car that had taken him to that Zhuhai victory three years prior - an opportunity that was too good to pass up, Solomon again showing impressive pace to bring the car inside the top five ahead of the first round of pit stops.

For the former open-wheel star, his year has proven challenging, but the outright Australian GT round winner earlier this year having taken the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 to their second ever official victory, just a day after claiming the marques first official podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix, is keeping fit and juggling his studies with plans for a return to the circuit full-time in 2017.

“There’s a lot of things under discussion at present because I’m a racer, and I want to keep racing, but studying economics is also keeping me busy. There are a few exciting things planned, and I’m looking to spend a lot of next year behind the wheel, and the two races with Mercedes-AMG in the last couple of weeks have really served to remind me just how much I love it..!”

Rnd#9/10, 2016 GT Asia Series

Shanghai International Circuit, China (20 August, 2016)

Qualifying #1 (15-minutes)

1. 6. Alex Yoong (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.906

2. 13. Franky Cheng (Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 2:05.931

3. 9. Duncan Tappy (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:05.938

4. 68. Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.033

5. 66. Nico Bastian (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:06.136

Qualifying #2 (15-minutes)

1. 15. Jeroen Mul (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.297

2. 55. Andrea Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) - 2:06.584

3. 37. Anthony Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 2:06.736

4. 8. Keita Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 2:06.803

5. 66. Matt Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 2:07.174

Race#1 (60-minutes)

1. 37. Rizzo/Liu (BBT Ferrari 488 GT3) - 28-laps

2. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) +0.052

3. 6. Yoong/Au (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +0.221

4. 5. Thong/Lee (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +7.503

5. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) +30.971

14. 66. Bastian/Solomon (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 27-laps

Shanghai International Circuit, China (21 August, 2016)

Race#2 (60-minutes)

1. 8. Venter/Sawa (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) - 28-laps

2. 55. Liberati/Amici (FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) +11.515

3. 9. Tappy/Inthraphuvasak (Absolute Bentley Continental GT3) +13.386

4. 7. Fong/Kim (Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3) +14.425

5. 5. Thong/Lee (Phoenix Racing Asia Audi R8 LMS GT3) +17.096

9. 66. Solomon/Bastian (Mercedes-AMG GT3) +23.647

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Rnd#2 2016 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship 

Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (26-28 August)

Qualifying#1 (20-minutes) - 26 August

1. 911. John Martin (Porsche GT3 R) - 1:27.0834

2. 63. Dominic Story (Mercedes-AMG GT3) - 1:27.2202


3. 5. Nathan Antunes (Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:27.2720

4. 4. Marcus Marshall (Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:27.2760

5. 95. George Miedecke (Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:27.4078

19. 19. Mark Griffith (Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3) - 1:31.6790

Qualifying#2 (20-minutes) - 26 August

1. 23. David Russell (Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX GT3) - 1:27.2795

2. 11. Warren Luff (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:27.6058

3. 100. Steven Richards (BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3) - 1:27.7819

4. 8. Cameron McConville (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:27.9387


5. 911. Duvashen Padayachee (Porsche GT3 R) - 1:28.1186

10. 19. Matt Solomon (Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3) - 1:28.6374

Race (101-laps) - 27 August

1. 95. George Miedecke/Andrew Miedecke (Aston Martin Vantage GT3)


2. 911. John Martin/Duvashen Padayachee (Porsche GT3 R)


3. 5. Nathan Antunes/Greg Taylor (Audi R8 LMS GT3)

4. 59. Nathan Morcom/Grant Denyer (McLaren 650S GT3) 

5. 11. Tony Walls/Warren Luff (McLaren 650S GT3)

15. 19. Solomon/Griffith (Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3) - 99-laps

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