Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe – Bull Racing At Silverstone

Dramatic home victory for Middleton and Bartholomew in Silverstone Race 1

Bonaldi Motorsport pairing Stuart Middleton and Jack Bartholomew (#32 Huracán Super Trofeo Evo) claimed a dramatic victory in the opening Lamborghini Super Trofeo race of the season, following late-race contact between leaders Karol Basz (#8 Imperiale Racing) and Kikko Galbiati (#44 Imperiale Racing).
The #44, in the hands of Vito Postiglione, had been leading since the start after making a terrific getaway from pole position, but fell into the clutches of the charging Basz, who took over from Bartosz Paziewski, as a late safety car period bunched the field up. Basz managed to reduced what had been a five second deficit to the #44 to just half a second following the mandatory driver-change pit-stop and subsequent safety car intervention for the stricken AGS Events Huracán of Frenchman Joseph Collado. But the Polish driver, trying to overtake at Village, tagged the back of Galbiati, spinning the leader out with barely three minutes of the race remaining. Middleton ran fifth as the race entered its closing stages, after taking over from Bartholomew in the #33 Bonaldi Motorsport car but kept his nose clean to pick up the pieces to record the win on his series debut.
Despite a troublesome practice and qualifying, Davide Venditti and Alberto di Folco (#9 Target Rcing SRL) produced a stunning race performance to finish second overall to Middleton and won PRO-Am class. The pair worked together superbly to charge from 14th on the grid to inherit the second step on the podium following Knoll and Galbiati’s contact. Sergey Afanasiev and Danny Kroes rounded out the podium finishers in third place, ahead of the runner-up in Pro-Am Harald Schlegelmich/Shota Abkhazava (#12 ArtLine Team Georgia) in fourth.
Nicolas Gomar beat Raffaele Giannoni in an entertaining Am class battle between the two, with just four seconds separating both at the finish line. Gomar started second on the grid behind the #33 Leipert Motorsport car of Mikko Eskelinen/Jake Rattenbury but took the lead on the opening lap. Giannoni fought valiantly but could not find a way past and had to settle for runner-up.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo débutants François and Benoit Semoulin took victory in the Lamborghini Cup class with a dominant display in their #26 Semspeed Huracán. Gerhard van der Horst was second, with British driver Tim Richards third.

Imperious Imperiale take dominant one-two in Silverstone Race 2

Karol Basz and Bartosz Paziewski made amends for their final lap disappointment in Race 1 to lead a dominant Imperiale Racing one-two in the second Lamborghini Super Trofeo race at Silverstone. The Polish duo started from pole position and led home a charging Vito Postiglione in the #44 Imperiale Racing, with Race 1 winners Stuart Middleton and Jack Bartholomew completing the podium in the #32 Bonaldi Motorsport Huracán.
From the rolling start, Basz made the perfect getaway and quickly opened up a healthy lead over Alberto di Folco (#9 Target Racing SRL) as Middleton dropped to third entering Copse for the first time. The positions stayed the same until the mandatory driver change pit-stop, but Davide Venditti – taking over from di Folco – spun at Chapel on his first lap out of the pits and dropped to sixth as a result. This allowed the #32 to move into second place after Middleton handed over the commands to Bartholomew, but the British pairing were soon overhauled by Postiglione who made a late charge to challenge Basz and Paziewski for victory.
Postiglione progressively reduced the gap to Paziewski – which had stood at over 10 seconds after the pit-stops – to just a second and a half entering the final lap. The Italian veteran however did not have enough laps left to mount a serious and had to settle for second as the #8 claimed a deserved first win of the season.
Despite mising out on an overall podium finish, di Folco and Venditti claimed Pro-Am class honours with fifth, behind the second Bonaldi Motorsport car of Danny Kroes and Sergey Afanasiev.
Frenchman Nicolas Gomar prevailed in an entertaining Am class battle which raged from the start and was only settled in the closing stages of the race. Raffaele Giannoni initially led the way, having got the jump on pole-sitter Jake Rattenbury in the #33 Leipert Motorsport Huracán. The pair were joined by Gomar, Robert Zwinger and the Pro car of Anthony Lambert in a superb five-car battle for eighth place. Gomar eventually came out on top after the pit-stops, with Giannoni slipping behind the recovering Micanek Motorsport Pro car of Josef Zaruba. Thomas Padovani and Steven Liquorish completed the class podium in third, with Mikko Eskelinen bringing the #33 home fourth.
Belgian siblings Benoit and François Semoulin repeated their Race 1 Lamborghini Cup class triumph with another victory in the second race, leading home solo entry and triple LC champion Gerhard van der Horst.


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