Lamborghini World Final: Super Trofeo titles to be decided in Jerez season closer
The Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera in the south of Spain will play host to the annual Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final, as well as the final rounds of the Europe, North America and Asia seasons. The overall Pro titles are all up for grabs in each of the regional championships, with the tension reaching fever pitch at the end of another enthralling year.
Taking place between the 24th and 27th October at the former F1 Grand Prix venue, the World Final is the traditional conclusion to the trio of Lamborghini Super Trofeo seasons, with a pair of races deciding who is crowned “world champion” of the one-make series for Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evos.
Leading the European championship coming into the final round of the year is the Bonaldi Motorsport partnership of Danny Kroes and Sergey Afanasiev on 121 points, just five ahead of the Imperiale Racing duo of Kikko Galbiati and Vito Postiglione. Kroes/Afanasiev’s Bonaldi team-mates Stuart Middleton and Jack Bartholomew are just 16 points further adrift in third, with all three right in the mix for the Pro title. While the Pro category title is anyone’s guess, the Pro-Am battle was all but decided in Shota Abkhazava’s favour at the Nürburgring. The Georgian has a 16-point margin over Harald Schlegelmilch, but the pair will share the #12 ArtLine Team Georgia car this weekend, meaning Schlegelmilch would have to drive solo in either of the two races and win the Pro-Am class to stand any chance of overhauling Abkhazava. The Am category is close to being wrapped as well, with AGS Events’ Nico Gomar holding a 32-point advantage over GT3 Poland’s Robert Zwinger. Zwinger can equal Gomar on points if he takes both wins and Gomar fails to score, but the latter would still win the title on win countback. There’s also a tense title battle ahead in the Lamborghini Cup. Benoît and François Semoulin lead the way on 120 points but AGS Events’ Joseph Collado is just 11 points in arrears, with the privateer Gerhard van der Horst only another two behind.
In the Asian championship, things are a lot closer between the top two in the standings as FFF Racing’s Juuso Puhakka and Takashi Kasai hold a slender two-point cushion over the Gama Racing crew of Chris van der Drift and Evan Chen. The remaining three class titles are also being disputed, with just 14 points separating Clement Li, Paul Wong and Takamichi Matsuda/Daijiro Yoshihara. Competing in a one-off appearance in the Asia series will be nine-time motocross world champion Antonio “Tony” Cairoli and five-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours Emanuele Pirro, both of whom will be making their Lamborghini Super Trofeo debuts this weekend.
This year has been another stellar season in North America, with three of the four class titles set to be decided in Jerez this weekend. Change Racing’s Richard Antinucci and Corey Lewis lead the standings on 124 points, only six ahead of the #46 Precision Performance entry of Brandon Gdovic. The #1 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Andrea Amici and Sandy Mitchell lie just six points adrift of Gdovic in third. With nine wins out of 10 so far this year, Damon Ockey wrapped up the Pro-Am title at Laguna Seca last time out, but the Am category and Lamborghini Cup are still all to play for. Just 15 points split Am leader McKay Snow, teenager Steven Aghakhani and Cameron Cassels, while Mel Johnson holds the advantage in the LB Cup.
The Weekend Timetable at a Glance
Official track action for Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe kicks off on Thursday with the first of two one-hour free practice sessions, beginning at 11:30 CET. Free practice two takes place later on at 14:45. Back-to-back qualifying session then follow at 17:00 and 17:30 CET respectively before the first race on Friday at 11:50. The season then concludes with Race 2 at 17:00.
For Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, free practice will be run alongside North America on Thursday at 10:15 and 13:30 respectively. The two championships will also have joint qualifying the same day at 16:00 and 16:30. A pair of joint races take place on Friday, with the first at 10:00 CET, before Race 2 starting at 15:05.
As for the World Final, they are reserved for Saturday and Sunday running, with all three championships combining for two races each for Pro/Pro-Am, Am and Lamborghini Cup. The Am/LB Cup qualifying sessions take place back-to-back on Saturday at 11:10 and 11:40 CET, with the first race taking place at 15:00. Race 2 takes place on Sunday at 11:30. Pro/Pro-Am qualifying is scheduled to take place on Saturday at 12:10 and 12:40 respectively, with Race 1 at 17:00. The second race will be held on Sunday at 15:00. All the races will be streamed at the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website, Facebook and YouTube channel.