Asian Motorsport’s Marco Albertini spoke to Easy Race’s Enzo Trulli during the weekend of the second round of the Italian GT Championship, at Imola, as he reflected on his brief stint in Japan.

By Marco Albertini

The 19-year-old driver from Pescara currently races in the Italian GT Sprint Championship with Easy Race, where he currently sits 13th in the standings, with a best result of fifth at Imola, having raced in Super Formula Lights and Formula Regional Japanese Championship last year.

Asian Motorsport asked Trulli about how the move to Japan came to be.

“We were planning it for a while”, said Trulli. “Unfortunately the pandemic delayed the plans by a few years, but after my FIA Formula 3 season, i recieved a call from Toyota, for an audition at Fuji for a possible drive in the following year.”

“I went there, immediately did well and we signed the contract right away to compete in Super Formula Lights for 2023.”

Trulli, driving for TOM’S, won two races in his rookie season in Super Formula Lights en route to a fifth place in the standings.

“The season was pretty positive”, he explained. “We were unlucky at the start because we always had wet practice sessions and then dry qualifying sessions so, with me not knowing the tracks it was very hard, so the beginning of the season was hard, but we still managed to score points consistently. Fuji was our best weekend, but after that our car had a performance drop. The entire team struggled, in the last 2 rounds we didn’t score many points and we lost the [Teams’] championship because of it.”

Trulli also drove in the Formula Regional Japanese Championship during the same year, achieving three podiums in six races, along with a pole at Sportsland Sugo, which was enough to place him tenth at the end of the season.

Asian Motorsport asked Trulli what were the differences between the Dallara 320 [Super Formula Lights] and the Dome F111/3 [Formula Regional Japan].

“They’re completely different, the 320 has a lot of aero, the engine and the transmissions were well made and easy to understand, while the Dome is at a slightly lower level [compared to the 320], the car is heavier, less aerodynamic, the transmission is more complex, [the car] is slower, so there were some pretty big differences.”

“I recieved a call asking if I wanted to race it and I accepted the offer, although I had never driven it even in Europe, but it was important for me [to learn a new car], immediately trying to find where I could go fast, where i could find the limit, so it was a very good lesson [for me].
Asian Motorsport asked what happened between the Italian and the Japanese marque.

“The original program was to do Super Formula Lights and GT300 [for 2024]”, he explained. “Around March they told us that they had other drivers, I don’t know what happened but it still bothers me, but motorsport is like this sometimes and I just went forward [with my racing career].”

Lastly, Asian Motorsport asked Trulli about the differences between racing in Europe and Japan.

“Racing in Europe is always a beautiful experience, especially in Italy”, he said. “In Europe I’ve always had a strong relationship with the mechanics and engineers to create a good environment in the team.”

“In Japan I wasn’t able to do that, as there was I wasn’t able to communicate efficiently with my mechanics and engineers as many didn’t speak English, which was something that I struggled with throughout my time in Japan.”

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