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Sean Walkinshaw scores a brace of top-ten finishes on Italian GT debut

15th September 2016

Source: Sean Walkinshaw Racing

Sean Walkinshaw made a successful debut in the Italian GT Championship at Vallelunga, Italy at the weekend, scoring a brace of top-ten overall finishes in Drive Technology Italia’s Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

The NISMO Athlete received a late call to partner lady racer Francesca Linossi in the fifth event of the Italian GT season just a couple of days prior to the race meeting. It was his first-ever race outing at the 2.5-mile Vallelunga track.

Piloting a customer version of the Nissan he races in the Blancpain GT Series, Sean made a strong impact on his category debut against competition from the likes of Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche and BMW.

Progressing from 15th on the grid in the weekend’s opening race into the overall top ten, the pairing finished less than four seconds shy of the ninth-placed Ferrari 458 Italia of Eddie Cheever and Federico Leo. In the SGT3 Class, Sean and Linossi took a well-deserved eighth spot.

In the second race, starting an elevated 12th on the grid, the duo took the chequered flag in eighth place again in the SGT3 Class but an improved ninth-place overall to cap a strong first appearance for the Blancpain regular in the Italian national championship.

“It was fantastic to be part of the Italian GT Championship for the first time and great to experience Vallelunga,” Sean said. “Teaming with Francesca was good fun and the races went pretty well to be honest. I think eighth in class in both races was the best we could have achieved. I really enjoyed the whole event, it’s always great to get some extra seat time.”

With little chance to rest, Sean will be back in competitive action this weekend during the final race of the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Cup campaign at the Nürburgring in Germany.

Joining-up with regular team-mates Matt Simmons and Romain Sarazin at Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, Sean will be looking to try and replicate the Pro-Am points result the trio achieved at Silverstone in May.

Image credit: Italian GT Championship