Published on April 8th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Forty Lamborghini Huracán GT3s Fielded in the Most Prestigious GT Championship
The debut outing of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 took place in April 2015 with two cars fielded by Grasser Racing Team, which quickly hit victory in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series Cup at Monza.
Today, a year later, the Huracán GT3 is ready for a global challenge: it has been chosen by more than 20 customer teams, with 40 cars competing over 78 race weekends in 13 of the most prestigious GT championships worldwide: from IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the United States to Asian Championships such as SuperGT, Asian Le Mans Series and GT Asia, through Europe’s major series such as Blancpain GT, ADAC GT Masters, British GT Championship, Campionato Italiano GT, International GT Open, International Endurance Series and Michelin GT3 Cup.
After making its 2016 debut in the US WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Huracán GT3 is now ready to hit the track in the main European GT championships.
The season starts on the weekend of April 9/10 with the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup Series at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where there will be forty cars on the grid including seven Huracán GT3s. The Grasser Racing Team will field three cars with the following driver line-up: the new members of the Lamborghini GT3 Junior Program Luca Stolz and Michele Beretta in car number 19, while behind the wheel of the # 63 will be the GT3 factory driver Mirko Bortolotti and the GT3 Junior Driver Nicolas Pohler. The number 16 will be driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen and Stefan Rosina.
Three other Lamborghini Huracán GT3s will race with German team Attempto Racing, also fielding drivers from the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program: Jeroen Mul and Max Van Splunteren will share the cockpit of the car # 100, with Daniel Zampieri and Patric Niederhauser in # 101. The third Attempto Racing Huracán GT3, number 77, will run with the former GP2 world champion Davide Valsecchi and Jack Falla on board.
The Misano grid includes the X-Bionic Racing Team, with a Huracán for Cèdric Leimer, 2012 champion of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe, and Laurent Jenny.
On April 9/10, the Huracán GT3 will also debut in the Japanese Super GT series, which opens the season from Okayama. JLOC and Lamborghini Team Direction (the latter with the GT3 Factory Driver Adrian Zaugg on board) will compete in the GT300 class.
In mid-April, over the weekend of 16/17, it will be the turn of German championship ADAC GT Masters (first round in Oschersleben) and the British GT Championship, which starts at Brands Hatch. The two championships will see ten Lamborghini Huracán GT3 protagonists, eight of them in the German series fielded by the following team: Attempto Racing, Bonaldi Motorsport, Grasser Racing Team and HB Racing. In the British GT, Barwell Motorsport will race with two cars.
The following week, on April 23 and 24, two other major European series will start: the International GT Open, with the Estoril circuit hosting the first round, and the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Series in Monza, coinciding with the first round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe.
In the International GT Open a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will be fielded by Orange1 Team Lazarus (with former FIA GT champion Thomas Biagi behind the wheel), while in the Blancpain Endurance series the Huracáns will be deployed by eight customer teams: Attempto Racing, Barwell Motorsport, Grasser Racing Team, Konrad Motorsport, Ombra Racing and ARC Bratislava.
The month of May will be full of competitive commitments. Over the weekend of April 30/May 1, the first round of the Italian GT Championship will be held in Monza, with four Huracán GT3s on grid from Antonelli Motorsport, Imperiale Racing and Ombra Racing. From Autodromo di Imola, on May 14/15, will start the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup, with a Huracán GT3 fielded by FFF Racing.
Then sees the start of the GT Asia Series and the Asian Le Mans Series. In the first, FFF Racing will field a Huracán GT3 for the duo of GT3 Junior Program drivers Andrea Amici and Edoardo Liberati. In the Asian Le Mans Series the VSR team of Vincenzo Sospiri gets on track with a Huracán GT3.
Lamborghini Squadra Corse, in accordance with its philosophy, provides technical support on track to a select group of teams, sending its expert technicians and engineers to support the Huracán GT3s in both sprint races, but especially in the endurance races, with particular attention to the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps (28/31 July), the 12 Hours of Sepang (9/11 December) and the two remaining American endurance races: the 6 hours of Watkins Glen (July 2/3) and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (October 1/2). It is not expected support for the Nürburgring 24 Hours at the end of May.