Postiglione/Galbiati complete Lamborghini Super Trofeo double at the Nürburgring
Vito Postiglione and Kikko Galbiati put in a stunning drive from pole position to claim their second Lamborghini Super Trofeo victory of the weekend at the Nürburgring – and fourth of the year – to move to within five points of the series points lead.
Having topped qualifying, Postiglione led away from the rolling start as the Bonaldi Motorsport team-mates Stuart Middleton and Sergei Afanasiev disputed second under braking for the first corner. Postiglione quickly extended his margin at the top of the pack, edging out to a four-second lead as the mandatory pit-stop window approached. Middleton had to make do with defending from the points-leading #3 Bonaldi car of Afanasiev in the opening stint and maintained his position after the stops had taken place.
Danny Kroes – who had taken over from Afanasiev at the stops – lost ground to the sister #32 car, now with Jack Bartholomew at the wheel, and instead lost third place to the Target Racing machine of Davide Venditti. Venditti’s team-mate Alberto di Folco put in an impressive first stint in the #9 Lamborghini Huracán and made the most of Afanasiev pitting one lap before to bridge enough of a gap to take the position. However, Kroes was on a charge and replicated his Race 1 pace by closing in on Venditti as the young Italian took time to get back up to speed. Having bided his time behind Venditti, Kroes eventually made his move down the inside of Turn 10 to grab the place on entry to the corner. He then set about trying to close the gap to Bartholomew in front, which he almost did. Ultimately, he ran of time and Bartholomew held on to add another strong podium finish for the #32 car.
Out in front though was the imperious Imperiale Racing Huracán of Galbiati who, after taking over the commands from Postiglione at the pit stops, continued to maintain the lead of the #44. The Italian finished a full 5.707s ahead of Bartholomew and ensured the team bounced back from a difficult weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in spectacular fashion. Just off the podium in fourth was Venditti and Di Folco, who were just unable to add to their Race 1 podium.
The Leipert Motorsport pairing of Anthony Lambert and Niels Lagrange finished fifth, just over five seconds behind Venditti, while Shota Abkhazava and Harald Schlegelmilch secured Pro-Am honours once again in their ArtLine Team Georgia entry. In the Am class, AGS Events’ Nicolas Gomar and Gilles Vannelet came out on top after an early battle with the GT3 Poland entry of Robert Zwinger. Race 1 winner Zwinger lost valuable time around the pit-stop window and ultimately came home a distant second. Antonios Wossos was third. Reigning Lamborghini Cup champion Gerhard van der Horst claimed class victory, beating the AGS Events car of Jose Collado by a fraction over 2.6s.
Ahead of the final two rounds of the championship at the World Finals in Jerez de la Frontera next month, Kroes/Afanasiev continue to lead the Pro standings on 121 points, with Postiglione/Galbiati just five behind on 116. Middleton/Bartholomew are also firmly in the mix on 100 points.