Lamborghini Super Trofeo: Tujula and Ortiz are the kings of the Misano night:
The race weekend at Misano, hosted the third of the six double rounds of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, started with a Saturday night full of emotions. On the Romagna circuit, the two night races reserved quite a few surprises, starting from the first win of the duo of VS Racing formed by Felipe Ortiz and Tuomas Tujula, who also scored a class victory in the PRO category. In the AM, Manuel Lauck and Florian Scholze took their first win with the colors of Dörr Motorsport. In the PRO-AM, instead, Juan Perez and Loris Spinelli (Antonelli Motorsport) scored their fourth victory in a row and managed to increase their advantage in the class standings. Lastly, Joseph Collado took the win in the Lamborghini Cup.
In the PRO, the class leader Daniel Zampieri, who started from the first row alongside the poleman Vito Postiglione (Imperiale Racing), lost the opportunity to fight for the victory. The latter driver was also forced to retire during the first lap. The fastest driver at the start was Rik Breukers, but the Dutchman of GDL Racing had to give way to Spinelli, who scored a first-place finish in the PRO-AM. The Italian of the Antonelli Motorsport team remained in the lead until the pit-stops, but afterwards his teammate Perez slipped second overall, while maintaining the class leadership. After taking over the wheel from Ortiz, Tujula took the lead and crossed the finish line in first position.
Joffrey De Narda and Kikko Galbiati (Antonelli Motorsport) finished third overall and second in the PRO category, ahead of Niels Lagrange and Frederik Schandorff. Behind them came their teammates of Leipert Motorsport, Pavel Lefterov and Jean-Louis Jasper, second in the PRO-AM, in which the lowest step of the podium was taken by the duo of Iron Lynx formed by Lorenzo Bontempelli and Emanuele Zonzini.
In the AM category, the race was dominated by Manuel Lauck and Florian Scholze and was characterized by a thrilling finish. After starting from the pole, the former immediately took the lead and began to accumulate a good margin of advantage over all, but after the pit-stops Scholze was progressively caught by Piero Necchi. The Italian of VS Racing finished second with a four-tenth gap from the German. The duo of Dörr Motorsport celebrated their first success of the season and also took the top position in the standings. After an excellent start that had allowed him to move temporarily to second place, Cedric Leimer finished third with a car of Autovitesse.
In the Lamborghini Cup, Joseph Collado, who was the fastest in his class in both qualifying sessions, took his second victory after that scored in Race 1 at Silverstone. The Frenchman of AGS Events finished seventh overall. The second and third place went respectively to the two Dutchmen Gerard Van der Horst and William Van Deyzen (Van der Horst Motorsport).
Felipe Ortiz/VS Racing (1st PRO): “Our race was characterized by an amazing recovery. It was very tough but with an extraordinary finish. This is our first victory in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe”.
Loris Spinelli/Antonelli Motorsport (1st PRO-AM): “I did an excellent start and kept pushing during my first stint. Then Perez also did an amazing job and allowed us to take this victory that also belongs to the entire team”.
Manuel Lauck/Dörr Motorsport (1st AM): “We had an advantage of over 10 seconds at the start, but in the second part of the race things changed and we had to work harder than expected to take this win, with Necchi getting closer and closer in the final laps”.
Joseph Collado/AGS Events (1st Lamborghini Cup): “This has been our first time in Misano and our first night race. Yet I’m here to celebrate this victory. This is really great!”
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe offers another show at Misano:
The third round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, held at Misano, once again showed a great balance, with eight winning crews in the four classes. After the first two races held on Saturday night, the one-make series for the cars of the House of Sant’Agata Bolognese offered another exciting show, starting from the battle for victory among the PRO drivers that saw the duo of Imperiale Racing formed by Karol Basz and Vito Postiglione score their third win, after an exciting final sprint of the car of Antonelli Motorsport shared by Giacomo Altoè and Daniel Zampieri, who finished second and are leading the standings by only three points.
In the PRO-AM, Emanuele Zonzini and Lorenzo Bontempelli took their first victory with the colors of Iron Lynx and gained a few points over Juan Perez and Loris Spinelli, who scored their fourth win in a row in Race 1 and are still at the top of the class standings. Glauco Solieri, who is in his first season in the continental series with Antonelli Motorsport, also scored his first win in the AM category. In the Lamborghini Cup, instead, Gerard Van der Horst returned to the top step of the podium, repeating the result achieved one month ago at Silverstone and confirming his leadership in the championship.
The race of the AM category was uncertain until the end, with four different drivers alternating in the lead. After starting from the pole, Andrej Lewandowski took the lead but was overtaken by Cedric Leimer on the second lap. Due to a contact between the two cars, however, the Swiss driver was forced to make a pit-stop and later also received a drive-thru penalty. Glauco Solieri then took the lead, followed by Lewandowski and Scholze. The Italian of the Antonelli Motorsport team remained ahead of everyone until nine minutes from the end of the race, when Lauck took advantage of a little mistake to move to first position and remained there until the finish line. After the end of the race, the 10-second penalty inflicted on the German pair for unsafe release during the pit-stop pushed Solieri into the lead. Pietro Necchi and Lewandowski (Vs Racing) finished second, while Lauck and Scholze were relegated to third position, while remaining in the lead of the class standings.
In the Lamborghini Cup, Joseph Collado missed the victory because he received a penalty for not respecting the pit-stop time. The Frenchman, who won Race 1 on Saturday, thus missed the opportunity to score two consecutive wins, while the victory went to Gerard Van der Horst. Behind the Dutchman came respectively Supachai Weeraborwornpong (Team Lazarus) and Hans Fabri (Imperiale Racing).
The next round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe will take place on July 27-28 on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, on the same weekend as the 24 Hours.
Karol Basz/Imperiale Racing (1st PRO): “It’s a shame that yesterday we lost points in Race 1. But in any case, we’re always very fast. In the next round, we hope to score not just one but two wins”.
Emanuele Zonzini/Iron Lynx (1st PRO-AM): “I avoided taking risks at the start. I left the car to Lorenzo, while I was in second position. Winning on my home track is a huge satisfaction”.
Glauco Solieri/Antonelli Motorsport (1st AM): “I drove in the lead for most of the race. I’m happy that I finally took this victory”.
Gerard Van der Horst/Van der Horst Motorsport (1st Lamborghini Cup): “I’m really pleased with this victory that came at the end of a very difficult weekend. After yesterday night’s race and with only four hours of sleep, I managed to get to the top step of the podium again”.