Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe: Mission Misano Roundup

Last weekend saw the Lamborghini Super Trofeo re-launch at Misano Adriatico…

Pavlovic and Guzman shine under the lights with Misano Race 1 victory

Target Racing’s Miloš Pavlović and Raul Guzman claimed the first Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe race win of the season at Misano Adriatico, edging Imperiale Racing’s Vito Postiglione and Kikko Galbiati by just over one-tenth of a second in a stunning finish.

Liberati beat the pole-sitting Leipert Motorsport car of Sebastian Balthasar into Turn 1 and quickly extended his advantage over Balthasar to over three seconds before receiving a drivethrough penalty for a start infringement. The penalty dropped the Italian, and Finnish team-mate Olli Kangas down the order, although they did recover to finish 13th by the end.

As the window opened, Balthasar was the first to make his pit-stop, switching places with team-mate Påverud, as Bonaldi Motorsport’s Stoneman and Oregon Team’s Dorian Boccolacci elected to stay out on track.

A series of quick laps from Frenchman Boccolacci, who opted to take his stop right at the very end of the 10-minute window before handing over to Kevin Gilardoni, ensured the #11 car remained in the lead from Påverud.

Guzman started sixth but dropped a spot to eighth before Liberati’s penalty. The Mexican pitted from seventh but when Pavlović rejoined the track, the #9 Target car emerged from the pit window in third and in sight of the leaders, albeit with a 0.345s penalty for a pit-stop infringement.

Gilardoni then had to defend heavily from Påverud, who executed a superb dive down the inside of Turn 8 to take the lead, with Pavlović following through into second soon after.

Påverud looked to have had the measure of Pavlović at the front, but was heavily baulked by two backmarkers, first at the Turn 14 right-handed hairpin and then again at Turn 15. Both Pavlović and Galbiati, who had taken over from Postiglione got by, dropping Påverud to third.

Incredibly, Pavlović also got held up by a backmarker at Turn 15, which briefly allowed Galbiati into the lead with a lap remaining, but Pavlović managed to reclaim the lead on the exit and eventually held on to win by just over a tenth of a second. It was the first Super Trofeo appearance by Pavlović since 2018, with the 2014 Series champion showing that he had lost none of his speed in a Lamborghini Huracán ST Evo.

Behind the podium finishers in the Pro class, Gilardoni held on to finish fifth overall ahead of Alberto di Folco and Kevin Rossel (Target Racing). Stoneman was seventh, while Monaco-based team GSM Racing celebrated its maiden Super Trofeo Europe appearance with eighth for Jonathan Cecotto and Patrick Liddy.

The star of the race came in the Pro-Am category as Andrzej Lewandowski and Karol Basz came out on top thanks to a sensational stint from Basz. The all Polish partnership qualified 16th and ran second in class to Oregon Team’s Damiano Fioravanti and Lorenzo Bontempelli before the pit window opened. Basz then took over and produced a number of fantastic overtaking manoeuvres to finish an incredible fourth overall, 12 places better than their starting position and only seven seconds off Pavlović and Guzman.

It was an equally impressive drive from the Van Der Horst Motorsport pairing of Gerard van der Horst and Loris Spinelli, who worked their way up the order to finish inside the top 10 in ninth place, second in Pro-Am.

In the Am class, it was another close battle between the Autovitesse partnership of Cedric Leimer and Laurent Jenny and Target Racing’s Massimo Mantovani. Mantovani started from pole and lead the early running before a drivethrough penalty handed the victory to Leimer/Jenny, with the Boutsen Ginion car of Claude-Yves Gosselin and Giuseppe Fascicolo completing the podium.

Kurt Wagner and Libor Dvoracek won the Lamborghini Cup class ahead of Hans Fabri and Konrad Mototsport’s Martin Lechman.

Stoneman gives Bonaldi Motorsport victory in Race 2 at Misano

Dean Stoneman (Bonaldi Motorsport) came out on top in the second Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe race of the weekend at Misano Adriatico after hunting down and passing Andrzej Lewandowski (VS Racing) in the closing stages.

The front row of the grid was a Pro-Am lock-out after Karol Basz put the #16 VS Racing Huracán Super Trofeo Evo on pole position, with Loris Spinelli (Van der Horst Motorsport) second fastest. Basz staved off a spirited attempt by Spinelli to grab the lead at Turn 1 and maintained the advantage throughout the opening stint. Basz and Spinelli quickly gapped the chasing pack, which was led by Kikko Galbiati (Imperiale Racing) who in turn had fended off Stoneman on the opening lap to run third.

With track and ambient temperatures much higher than Saturday evening’s season opener, several drivers struggled with a lack of grip on the slippery Misano circuit. The second VS Racing Huracán of Olli Kangas – shared with the experienced Edoardo Liberati – suffered a front-right puncture at the final corner, tipping the Finnish driver into a spin. Kangas eventually pulled out of the race at Turn 2 with damage. The Konrad Motorsport cars of Franz Konrad and Martin Lechman also suffered spins, as did Takis Spiliopoulos (Leipert Motorsport).

None of the top Pro runners opted to pit when the 10-minute window opened, with Patrick Liddy (GSM Racing) the first of the leading cars to come in along with Guillem Pujeu Beya (Leipert Motorsport) and Kevin Rossel (Target Racing) on the following tour.

As expected, Basz and Spinelli stayed out until the very last moment, which meant that Galbiati and Stoneman would have to pit earlier if they were to stand a chance of closing the gap to the leaders. Lewandowski took over from Basz and maintained the lead out front, with Gerard van der Horst, now at the wheel of the #98 Huracán, in second.

Vito Postiglione swapped with Galbiati and looked set to make crucial inroads into Lewnadowski’s lead after dispatching van der Horst, but a loose wheel while approaching the high-speed Turn 11 kink pitched the #44 Imperiale machine into the gravel trap and ultimately out of the race. It was a bitter disappointment for the Super Trofeo Europe veteran, who had taken nearly four seconds out of Lewandowski up until that moment.

That enabled Stoneman to take up the pursuit of the impressive Lewandowski heading into the closing stages of the race. The British driver soon latched onto the back of the Pole and made a relatively routine overtake to seize the lead at Turn 4 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

Lewandowski held on to finish a superb second place, comfortably claiming the Pro-Am honours, while the Race 1 winning pairing of Raul Guzman and Miloš Pavlović finished a close third to extend their points lead leaving Misano.

Jonathan Cecotto finished just off the podium to cap off a positive maiden Super Trofeo outing for the Monaco-based GSM Racing team. Having taken over from Liddy at the pit-stops, Cecotto held firm in fourth to bag solid points for the championship. Alberto di Folco was fifth ahead of the leading Leipert Motorsport duo of Sebastian Balthasar and Marcus Påverud, who finished third in the opening race on Saturday. Dutchman Max Weering produced a fantastic second stint in the solo Johan Kraan Motorsport entry, executing a series of overtakes in the closing stages to end up seventh on his first Super Trofeo weekend, while fellow debutant Pujeu Beya claimed eighth.

After losing out on victory in Saturday’s night race, Massimo Mantovani (Target Racing) claimed an easy win in the Am class, despite running four places behind early leader Cedric Leimer (Autovitesse) during the opening stint. Following the pit-stops however, Mantovani came out on top by just over 17 seconds.

While there was disappointment in the Pro class, Imperiale Racing had reason to cheer in Lamborghini Cup as Hans Fabri claimed the win from Konrad Motorsport’s Martin Lechman.

The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe teams and drivers now have a break before the second round of the 2020 season, which takes place at the famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany on the weekend of 4th-5th September.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo – 2020 Calendar

Round 1: Misano Adriatico, 7-9th August

Round 2: Nürburgring, 4-5th September

Round 3: Barcelona, 9-11th October

Round 4: Spa-Francorchamps, 20-24th October

Round 5: Circuit Paul Ricard, 13-15th November

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