Postiglione and Basz win Race 1 at Nürburgring
Fourth success for Vito Postiglione and Karol Basz, who won the first of the two races of the fifth round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe at the Nürburgring. The duo of the Imperiale Racing team, who had jumped to the top of the PRO classification during the previous round held at Spa, thus consolidated their leadership in the championship. The same can also be said for the pair of the Antonelli Motorsport team formed by Loris Spinelli and Juan Perez, who arrived first in the PRO-AM after an electrifying race end. Andrej Lewandowski, crewed with Philipp Wlazik in one of the cars of VS Racing, left all the other AM drivers behind, thus consolidating his supremacy in the same class. In the Lamborghini Cup, the Thai Supachai Weeraborwornpong (Team Lazarus) returned to the top step of the podium, from where he had been missing since the first race at Monza.
The front row was monopolized by the Antonelli Motorsport team. The fastest in qualifying was Spinelli, the only driver to lap below 1m58s. Immediately behind was his teammate Giacomo Altoè. But a particularly chaotic start shuffled the cards and Kelvin Snoeks (Bonaldi Motorsport), who had started from the second row, initially took the lead followed by Stefano Colombo (Iron Lynx), who then ended up spinning. After three laps, Spinelli returned to the lead and maintained his position until the pit-stops, while Altoè lost several positions.
After the pit-stops, Perez took the lead, but the Colombian later had to surrender to Basz and nine minutes from the end he was bumped by Tuomas Tujula (VS Racing), who received a 10-second penalty. While Basz was firmly in the lead, Perez gradually lost positions, but managed to remain the leader in his class. Then the first place for the Pole driver was confirmed by the red flag, due to the car of Cyril Leimer stopped along the track because of a fire outbreak. In the PRO category, Kikko Galbiati and Joffrey De Narda took another podium and finished second overall with another car of Antonelli Motorsport, ahead of Tujula and Felipe Ortiz.
In the AM class, Lewandowski and Wlazik finished fourth ahead of the duo of the Dörr Motorsport team formed by Florian Scholze and Manuel Lauck. In the same category, Raffaele Giannoni took third place with the car of Automobile Tricolore. The PRO-AM podium was completed by the duo of Target Racing composed by Simon Larsson and Dennis Lind as well as the other Iron Lynx crew made up of Lorenzo Bontempelli and Emanuele Zonzini.
In Lamborghini Cup, a drive-thru penalty for crossing the white line at the pit-lane exit deprived Joseph Collado (AGS Events) of a possible victory that instead went to Weeraborwornpong. The Dutch driver, Gerard Van der Horst (Van der Horst Motorsport), managed to extend his lead in the standings, thanks to a second-place finish. The Englishman of MTech, Tim Richards, also took a class podium.
Vito Postiglione/Imperiale Racing (1st overall and PRO): “The start was quite turbulent and I made sure I didn’t get involved in any contact. Then, I took my rhythm and left the car to Basz in second overall position. After the pit-stop, Karol completed the job and took a very important victory for the championship”.
Juan Perez/Antonelli Motorsport (1st PRO-AM): “I must say that Pirelli really did an excellent job. Tujula bumped into my car in the last laps and damaged the rear right tire, which nevertheless resisted until the end. Looking at the standings, this is a fantastic result for us”.
Andrej Lewandowski/VS Racing (1st AM): “I’m very happy, also for the fact that I took fourth place overall. I gained more important points and maintained a good advantage in the class standings”.
Supachai Weeraborwornpong/Team Lazarus (1st Lamborghini Cup): “It’s a privilege for me to have won on a track like the Nürburgring, where I was racing for the first time. I had a difficult qualifying session, but everything went smoothly in the race”.
Altoè and Zampieri return to win in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe at Nürburgring
Giacomo Altoè and Daniel Zampieri were again among the protagonists of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe. The pair of the Antonelli Motorsport team, who had not taken a podium since the May’s Silverstone round, left everyone behind in the second race of the fifth round held at the Nürburgring. This was the second victory of the season for them, and the third for Altoè, who had also won at Monza and remains second in the PRO classification, with a 10-point gap from Karol Basz and Vito Postiglione. In the PRO-AM, the duo of the Target Racing team, formed by Dennis Lind and Simon Larsson, took another victory, after the one scored at Spa. In Germany, the duo of VS Racing, formed by the leader Andrej Lewandowski and Philipp Wlazik achieved a double win in the AM category. Thanks to his third victory (after the ones scored at Silverstone and Misano), Gerard Van der Horst managed to consolidate his top position in the Lamborghini Cup standings.
All the titles are still to be awarded in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and everything is postponed to the final round that will take place in Mid-November at Vallelunga. If Vito Postiglione and Karol Basz consolidated their leadership in the PRO class, by securing their fourth seasonal victory yesterday, Altoé and Zampieri responded with amazing results in Race 2. After starting from the pole position, Basz remained in the lead during the first “stint” and was always followed by Zampieri, but the pit-stop phase was decisive. It was then that Postiglione, after taking over the Imperiale Racing car from the Polish driver, was slowed down in his return lap by some lapped drivers; with the result that, after the pit-stops, Altoé found himself in the lead (even if by only a few meters) and managed to keep his position until the checkered flag. Behind them came Niels Lagrange, who had taken over the car of Leipert Motorsport from Frederik Schandorff, and finished third. Fourth place went to Joffrey De Narda and Kikko Galbiati (Antonelli Motorsport), who claimed second place in Race 1.
The Scandinavian pair formed by Lind and Larsson took fifth place overall and first in the PRO-AM class. Behind them finished the duo of VS Racing composed by August MacBeth and Takashi Kasai. Thanks to a third-place finish in the same category, Emanuele Zonzini and Lorenzo Bontempelli scored their sixth consecutive podium and seventh overall with the car of Iron Lynx, thus shortening the gap with the leaders Loris Spinelli and Juan Perez. After winning Race 1, the crew of Antonelli Motorsport finished sixth, gaining nine points in the championship standings.
In the AM category, the German Philipp Wlazik and Andrej Lewandowski took a double win. The Polish driver of VS Racing is now one step away from the title, with a 24-point lead over Florian Scholze and Manuel Lauck (Dörr Motorsport), who arrived twice second at the Nürburgring. On the podium was also Davide Roda (on his return after skipping the previous round at Spa), the fastest in qualifying and in the lead until the pit-stops.
In Lamborghini Cup, chances to win the championship title are now very high for Gerard Van Der Horst, who claimed his third victory of the year. The podium was completed by Oliver Engelhardt (Dörr Motorsport) and Tim Richards (MTech).
Now there will be a two-month break and then the final round that will took place at Vallelunga in the same week as the 2018 World Final.
Giacomo Altoè/Antonelli Motorsport (1st overall and PRO): “Daniel [Zampieri] did a great job in the first “stint”. After the pit-stops, I found myself ahead of Postiglione and managed to maintain my position until the end. After yesterday’s disappointment, we managed to redeem ourselves by keeping the championship games alive”.
Simon Larsson/Target Racing (1st PRO-AM): “For me and Dennis [Lind], this is our second win of the year, after the one taken at Spa. We fought for this result and were able to achieve it in the end. I’m very satisfied”.
Philipp Wlazik/VS Racing (1st AM): “A double victory on my home track was what we needed. Yesterday, we took a class win and finished fourth overall. Today, we did another fantastic race. I’m happy for myself and my teammate Lewandowski, who’s getting closer and closer to the title”.
Gerard Van der Horst/Van der Horst Motorsport (1st Lamborghini Cup): “It was another difficult race that ended with another win. I’m sorry for the contact I had with Joseph Collado at the start, but I think these things can happen”.