Published on November 18th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo @ Sepang For World Final This Weekend
Coming to Sepang with an expected 42-car record grid, and for the conclusion of the Europe and Asia Series. The weekend of 20-23 November will be a full one in Sepang (MAL) for Automobili Lamborghini, with the final rounds of the European and Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo; the World Final of all three series including North America; and followed by the dynamic launch of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo race car.
Opening the weekend’s racing at their sixth and final venue for both, are the European and Asian series. Qualifying for each series takes place on Thursday 20 November with all sixth round, 50-minute races on Friday, plus free practice sessions for the North American series drivers.
If the final standings have already been decided in the Asian Super Trofeo, in the European series the PRO and AM titles are both still there for the taking. The PRO leader Jeroen Mul, with five race wins under his belt this season, will have to defend his five-point lead over the Milos Pavlovic-Edoardo Piscopo duo (four wins). A more reassuring 26-point margin puts the AM crown within easier reach for Simone Pellegrinelli over Shota Abkhazava.
On Saturday 22 November the protagonists from all three series – Europe, Asia and North America – come together for the World Final qualifying, followed by two 50-minute races on Sunday with a record 42-strong grid of Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo race cars.
In last year’s first edition of the World Final in Vallelunga, the American Andrew Palmer proved best with the Italian Alberto Viberti taking the AM title. This year watch out for the Italian Max Wiser, who is the new PRO-AM Asia Champion: Wiser already has experience of racing in Sepang and will compete in the PRO Class in the World Final.
The spotlight is also on the European protagonists, among them the current PRO Class leader, Dutchman Jeroen Mul racing with Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Germany. He will be used to the tough competition from the Serbian/Italian Bonaldi Motorsport duo Piscopo and Pavlovic who raced alongside him this year in Europe. There’s strong potential also from the Autocarrozzeria Imperiale drivers Andrea Amici (2013 PRO-AM European winner), and Viberti. Giovanni Venturini and Gerald Tweraser will be lining up in the GRT Grasser Racing Team car, while Mirko Bortolotti (Bonaldi Motorsport), who has raced the whole European season along with gentlemen in the PRO-AM Class, will race solo in the World Final’s PRO category.
An exciting PRO class entrant from the North American Series is Richard Antinucci, nephew of former F1 driver and Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever. Antinucci will race in the No. 69 entry fielded by O’Gara Motorsports representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills.
In the PRO-AM Class, a spirited entry comes for sure from the new 18 year-old Italian European PRO-AM winner Alberto Di Folco (Autocarrozzeria Imperiale). Bonaldi Motorsport will once more line up the strong Italian/Ecuadorian duo Andrea Ceccato-Sebastian Merchan. There’s a new pairing from Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Germany (Frenchmen Paul-Loup Chatin-Bernard Pailler), and also for Change Racing who will count on Kevin Conway, the two-time PRO-AM champion of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, and veteran Lawson Aschenbach. The Malaysians Fairuz Fauzy and Danial Hiqmar (GRT Grasser Racing Team) are also likely to be in top positions.
The Asian Series drivers are likely to be those to watch out for in the AM Class. Not to be underestimated are Simone Pellegrinelli (DTMotorsport), Shota Abkhazava (Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Luxemburg) and Jake Rattenbury (Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team UK) that animated this year’s European AM Class. All the way from North America a serious contender will be the Joe Courtney-Peter Argetsinger pairing (Musante-Courtney Racing).
Following the race weekend will be the dynamic launch of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo already seen in Nuerburgring (GER), Shanghai (CHN), and Alton (USA) during the latest rounds of the three series this season. All entrants will have the chance to test the new car, which in 2015 will be included in the Super Trofeo along with the Gallardo.
The European Series races will be live streamed on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website: http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live. Race 1 is set for Friday 21 November at 10.50 (local time – GMT+8) while Race 2 is set at 16.00 (local time – GMT +8).
Saturday 22 November will be Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final qualifying time. The two 50-minute races will follow on Sunday with the green light given at 10.00 and 15.00 (both local time – GMT +8). Races will be live streamed on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website: http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-world-final