Lamborghini’s one-make series returns to the south of France

Fresh from two exciting race weekends at Monza, Italy, and Silverstone, UK, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo heads to Paul Ricard HTTT, France, on 15-17 July 2011 for three more adrenaline-fuelled races.

The series travels to the track in southern France for rounds seven, eight and nine of the hard-fought series, where Peter Kox will hope to overthrow current leader of the Pro Drivers’ Standings, Fabio Babini, who has an 18-point advantage. However, Babini is in good stead to hold off Kox as he won all three races when the series last visited the circuit in 2010.

The battle to become Pro-Am Drivers’ Champion is close, with Cédric Leimer just four points ahead of Matteo Zucchi at the top of the standings. Eugenio Amos, a double winner at April’s series opener in Monza, returns to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo after missing the second race weekend at Silverstone and will be keen to make up for lost time.

Autocarozzeria Imperiale S.R.L is currently leading the Teams’ Standings on 76 points, while Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter lies just 12 points behind on 64, with Reiter third on 41.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo again welcomes new faces who are keen to take on the challenge. One such debutant is Antoine Leclerc, who drives for Belgian Racing in the FIA GT1 World Championship.

The 29-year-old Belgian, who will be guided by team-mate and Automobili Lamborghini test-driver Mario Fasanetto, secured his first top-ten finish of the season when the FIA GT1 World Championship visited Silverstone last month, and will be hoping to carry that form over to Lamborghini’s one-make series.

The series also welcomes new entries in the #3 Bonaldi Motorsport car with Andrea Mamè and Mirko Zanardini getting behind the wheel of the Super Trofeo race car again after competing in the Gallardo variant at the Four Hours of Monza in March this year.

Racing in the #1 Automobili Lamborghini VIP guest entry will be Jaime Hernández and Paolo Necchi. Spain’s Hernández has previous experience of the series having raced in Barcelona two years ago while Necchi will make his inaugural appearance following race-winning performances in Maserati’s 2010 Trofeo Gran Turismo MC championship.

The final two additions to the grid come in the Gravity-Charouz Racing entries. Austrian drivers Lukas Lichter-Hoyer and Vitus Eckert will compete in the #88 and #99 Super Trofeo race cars respectively.

Each competitor will take to the track in the Super Trofeo race car, a lightweight version of the road-going Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 capable of a top speed of 325km/h thanks to its 570hp ‘Iniezione Diretta Stratificata’ engine, as well as its robotized e.gear six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive system.

“We’ve already seen some tremendous racing at Monza and Silverstone,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Automobili Lamborghini Director of Research and Development, and responsible for motorsport. “I expect the next race weekend at Paul Ricard HTTT will follow suit. The series is really competitive this year and the drivers are getting the best out of the Super Trofeo race car.”

Source: Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo

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