Galbiati and Postiglione seize points lead at Misano with second successive Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe victory
Kikko Galbiati and Vito Postiglione struck late to claim their second Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe victory of the season at Misano, beating Imperiale Racing team-mates Karol Basz and Bartosz Paziewski.
The #8 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo of Basz and Paziewski led for most of the race, having topped qualifying by a staggering 1.036 seconds, but Paziewski slowed momentarily on the back straight with 16 minutes of the race remaining, gifting the #44 of Galbiati the lead.
Galbiati then opened the gap at the front to nearly 10 seconds at the finish, to record his and Postiglione’s second successive win, following the pairing’s Race 2 victory in the opening round at Silverstone.
Bonaldi Motorsport’s Danny Kroes and Sergei Afanasiev claimed the final step on the podium in third, having maintained their starting position throughout the race.
At the rolling start, it was pole-sitter Basz who got the early jump and led defending Super Trofeo Europe champion Postiglione into the first corner.
Further back, racing veteran and Pro-Am driver Piero Necchi spun into retirement in the #55 Imperiale Racing Huracán. The Italian, who raced a variety of single-seater cars in the late 1970s and early 1980s was unable to get his car going again and was out on lap one.
Basz showed the same blistering pace he displayed in qualifying by setting consecutive fastest laps to open up a four-second advantage over Postiglione.
The Pole’s lead though was wiped out after Josef Zaruba crashed his Micanek Motorsport Huracán approaching Curva della Quercia, bringing out the safety car.
Postiglione was the first of the front-runners to pit when the window opened, with Basz following a lap later. The order remained unchanged but the #44, now with Galbiati at the wheel, began closing in on team-mate Paziewski.
Once in the lead, Galbiati was never challenged and Pasiewski cruised home 9.863 seconds in arrears at the flag but comfortably ahead of the #3 Bonaldi Motorsport car of Afanasiev.
Just off the podium, Niels Lagrange and Anthony Lambert claimed fourth for Leipert Motorsport, while the Target Racing duo Davide Venditti and new team-mate Jonathan Cecotto finished fifth.
Pro-Am winners Shota Abkhazava and Harald Schlegelmilch claimed a superb sixth overall, one place ahead of Silverstone Race 1 victors Jack Bartholomew and Stuart Middleton (Bonaldi Motorsport).
Taking victory in the Am class was Raffaele Giannoni in the single-entry Automobile Tricolore Huracán. Giannoni battled hard with the #63 of Cedric Leimer – who later spun out at Turn 1 – and the Pro-Am of Luca Demarchi, eventually finishing a creditable eighth overall.
Gerhard van Der Horst took his first victory of the season in the Lamborghini Cup ahead of brothers François and Benoît Semoulin.
Postiglione/Galbiati withstand epic late-race surge from Basz/Paziewski to complete Misano Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe clean-sweep
Vito Postiglione survived a late charge from Imperiale Racing team-mate Karol Basz to win a breathless second Super Trofeo Europe race of the weekend at Misano and claim maximum championship points. After topping second qualifying, it was the Pro-Am combination of Loris Spinelli and Piero Necchi (Imperiale Racing) who lined up on pole position, with Spinelli racing out to a healthy lead at the start of the race. Race 1 winners Postiglione and co-driver Kikko Galbiati did not get the best of starts and dropped behind the Bonaldi Motorsport Huracán Evo of Stuart Middleton at the first corner.
Galbiati, however, made inroads after settling into his opening stint and re-took second place from Middleton round the first sector of the Misano track before reducing the deficit to Spinelli out front. The third Imperiale Racing Huracán of Bartosz Paziewski spent the first part of the race stuck behind Middleton and just ahead of the Target Racing machine of Jonathan Cecotto in fourth place.
Paziewski then lost that position to Cecotto following a safety car intervention for debris, when the Venezuelan went all the way around the outside of Turn 1 to seize the place. Galbiati was the first to make his mandatory pit-stop as the window opened and the Italian was followed in by the Bonaldi Motorsport car of Sergei Afanasiev. Paziewski also came in behind.
Once the window closed, it was Postiglione who assumed the lead, ahead of Basz who began to close the gap to the leader with each passing lap. While Postiglione was still posting fast lap-times Basz was clawing his way back into contention in the #8 Imperiale Racing machine.
That gap was reduced from just over three seconds to a little under half a second as the pair entered the final two laps. Basz got better drive out of the slow Turn 10 and ran alongside Postiglione on the run down to the fast kinks, briefly taking the lead. But Postiglione held on just enough to maintain his advantage and staved off a final corner lunge from his Polish team-mate to claim his and Galbiati’s third straight victory of the season.
Behind Galbiati, Dutchman Danny Kroes and Afanasiev claimed the final step of the podium, beating Spinelli and Necchi, who won the Pro-Am class in fourth.
Niels Lagrange and Anthony Lambert finished fifth for Leipert Motorsport, ahead of the Konrad Motorsport pairing of Vincent Schwartz and Axcil Jeffries. Middleton and Jack Bartholomew finished seventh, with Shota Abkhazava and Harald Schlegelmilch ending up second in Pro-Am.
Am class honours went the way of Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury in the #3 Leipert Motorsport car, beating the solo entry of Nicolas Gomar. Joseph Collato topped the Lamborghini Cup class for AGS Events.
Next Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe round will be held in a fortnight (12, 13, 14 July) at the Zandvoort track.