Giorgio Bartocci and Leonardo Maddelena made their first Lamborghini Blanpain Super Trofeo race weekend one to remember, as they secured the round nine victory at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on 25 July 2009.

Claudio Rossetto started on pole for Petri Corse; however, he and Lamborghini München Team Holzer’s Maximilian Götz made contact at the first corner, forcing him to return to the pits for repairs. Bonaldi Motorsport’s Eugenio Amos was also involved in the incident and had to retire from the race.

Götz stormed into the lead, pulling away from Bartocci, Jarek Janiš of Lamborghini Racing Eastern Europe and Bonaldi Motorsport’s Ferruccio Bellini, who were tied in a three-way battle for second place. Behind, Peter Kox had climbed to fifth from a twelfth-place start by the end of the second lap.

As Götz lapped the circuit for the third time, he spun the #9 Super Trofeo race car, hitting the barrier and bringing his race to a premature end, allowing Bartocci to take the lead. Kox caught Janiš for second place and began to reel in Bartocci. Within a lap, Kox had reduced the gap to 0.159 seconds and was looking for a place to pass.

With the pits open, Bartocci was defending his position well, but as the two cars passed the entry, Bartocci stayed on-track as Kox came in. When Bartocci pitted a lap later, handing the Super Trofeo over to Leonardo Maddelena, the pit-stop window had closed. Kox’s team-mate, Marc A. Hayek, emerged from the pits in second place, yet pressure from Tim Schrick in the #2 Automobili Lamborghini soon caused him to lose a position.

Schrick charged after Maddelena and a battle raged between the two in the closing minutes of the race. With less than a minute left on the clock, Schrick passed the Automobili Lamborghini car, yet soon lost the position as he ran wide at La Source. Maddelena reclaimed the lead, but spun shortly after, falling back to fourth place.

Schrick recovered to secure the win, with Autovitesse’s Jonathan Cochet crossing the line second. Cochet had inherited seventh place from team-mate Alexander Frei at the driver change, and had charged through the field to claim a spot on the podium.

Bellini took third place with Maddelena crossing the line in fourth. However, because they missed the pit window, the #6 of Maddelena and Bartocci was given a 30-second penalty, demoting them to a sixth-place finish.

“I was a bit too quick on the accelerator at La Source on the final lap and went sideways,” said Schrick. “Maddalena passed me, but at the top of the hill he spun off so I had a bit of luck. At the end it was a fantastic feeling; the Super Trofeo is a great series with great cars.”

The next Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race weekend takes place at Silverstone, UK, on 15-16 August 2009.

Round 9 results

1. Galand/Schrick (#2), Automobili Lamborghini

2. Frei/Cochet (#11), Autovitesse

3. Bellini (#3), Bonaldi Motorsport

4. Kox/Hayek (#24), Reiter Engineering

5. Janiš/Charouz (#77), Lamborghini Racing Eastern Europe

6. Bartocci/Maddalena (#6), Petri Corse

7. Dijkstra/Van de Zwaan (#16), Schoolmaster

8. Hommerson/Machiels (#88), Lamborghini Racing Eastern Europe
+ 1 lap

9. Sanna/Eckhardt (#1), Automobili Lamborghini
+ 1 lap

10. Bassetti/De Plano (#66), Petri Corse
+ 3 laps

Not classified

Babini/Rossetto (#22), Petri Corse

Götz/Winter (#9), Lamborghini München Team Holzer

Amaduzzi/Amos (#69), Bonaldi Motorsport

Source: Super Trofeo

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