Belgian Group C & sports car legend Jean-Michel Martin to run in the Lamborghini #1 VIP car
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Sant’Agata Bolognese, July 24, 2012 – As the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series moves into the second half of its season, the focus turns to the most celebrated seven kilometres of race track at the imperious Circuit de Spa Franchorchamps in the Belgian Ardennes.
The challenging setting for the fourth in the six race series commences on Thursday July 28th and could not come at a better moment as title campaigns in both the Amateur and PRO-AM classes intensify.
With a provisional grid of 19 cars and two races in prospect over the weekend, the Amateur class will pitch Autocarrozzeria Imperiale’s Leonardo Geraci (ITA) headfirst into battle with his stablemate and countryman, Roberto Tanca. With just 16 points separating the pairing and a maximum potential 30 points available, the weekend is sure to have a significant outcome on the championship. While Geraci will head to Spa as the form man after a strong weekend at Paul Ricard, both drivers will also be keeping a weather eye on the third placed pairing of Petr Charouz (CZE) & Aristotelis Varvaroussis from Heico-Gravity Charouz and Laurent Jenny (CHE) of Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter, both of whom also have realistic championship ambitions.
In the PRO-AM category, the points standings are arguably even tighter, with Cédric Leimer (CHE) doubtless seeking to dispel memories of a torrid weekend at Paul Ricard with a better performance in Belgium in order to consolidate his slender eight point lead over Touring Auto 2000 S.R.L’s Bernard Delhez (BEL) and Dimitri Enjalbert (FRA), who will be relishing racing on home turf.
Tucked up a few points behind car #69 is the double winner from Paul Ricard, Andrea Amici (ITA). With the perfect storm of being the form driver and the points potential on offer, will consider that Spa offers an opportunity to advance from third in the standings.
The crack Czech outfit, Heico-Gravity Charouz Team is fielding no less than five entries, with series regulars Autocarozzerria Imperiale S.R.L also supporting an impressive five car field. Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter, besides running Leimer and Jenny, have entered a third car for the amateur pairing of Jérome Lhoste (FRA) & Philippe Barou (FRA). Bonaldi Motorsport’s Adrian Zaugg returns to action after the attrition in France a fortnight ago and the team also an amateur entry for Andrea Mamé (ITA) & Mirko Zanardini (ITA).
Rejoining the series after their entry at the Silverstone round is Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team UK who will campaign a PRO-AM/AM car for Mike Edmonds (UK) and Nima Kandan-Nia (UK). Aside from the factory entry, G2 Racing make up the grid for the German pairing of Louis Wagner & Oliver Mayer in the amateur class.
The #1 VIP car will be occupied by a local legend, Belgian sportscar driver, Jean-Michel Martin. Jean-Michel has a long history of racing Group C sports car as a one-time Mazda factory driver, as well as racing for Joest Porsche, Spice and Lola de Cadenet. Having burst onto the Le Mans scene in 1980 with a podium on his debut at the 24hr race with the Belga Jean Rondeau entry, Jean-Michel went on to contest seven consecutive Le Mans races before turning his attention to the Belgian Procar Series and and GT2. Now an occasional racer, he guides the burgeoning career of his son, Maxime Martin, who races with the Valmon Racing Team Russia in the GT1 World Championship and who also has two Le Mans finishes to his credit, following in his father’s footsteps.
Racing action in Spa starts on Thursday July 26, with two 60 minute practice sessions, with qualifying and race 1 on Friday and race 2 on Saturday. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series forms part of a race weekend that includes the Blancpain Endurance Series Total 24hrs of Spa, ensuring a full bill of compelling racing and a traditionally large spectator attendance, all adding to the unique atmosphere at one of racing’s premier citadels.
The 2012 series will be shown on major broadcaster, Eurosport. This agreement allows the series to reach all 59 countries, including Italy, covered by Eurosport, with its reach of 129 million households.
The Eurosport coverage includes a one-minute teaser shown on the Sunday of each race weekend on “Motorsport Weekend” magazine, followed by a 26-minute summary, highlights and interviews aired on the following Tuesday evening.
A 1 minute highlights edit of the races at Spa will be broadcast Saturday July 28 at 00.00hrs CET on Eurosport 2, while the 26 minute highlights will be shown on Tuesday July 31, at 23.30hrs CET on Eurosport 2 (repeated Wednesday August 1, 8.00hrs CET on Eurosport 2).