The iconic Italian circuit Imola will host the opening lap of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe 2022 season, the 14th edition of the single-brand GT championship and the first appearance of the all-new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2. Thirty-seven cars are ready to battle on the Grand Prix course in all four categories, with lots of action guaranteed.
Three-time motorcycle world champion Dani Pedrosa will make his motor racing debut at Imola for the Rexal FFF Racing Team. The Spaniard will partner with former LMP2 driver Antonin Borga for three rounds this year, along with Misano and Portimão on the program. “It’s a new experience for me. My main goal is to have fun and experience racing adrenaline. This opportunity was made possible by Lamborghini and with the help of the FFF Racing team. [C’est une] With the support of my teammate Antonin Borga, who has motor racing experience, I had the opportunity to participate in the championship partially, so I hope to learn from him and the team and benefit from the experience. »said Pedrosa.
When Imola hosted the final round and fifth edition of the World Finals in 2017, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo featured only once on the European calendar. This season, thirty-seven teams are expected to be on the grid for the Ace season. The Oregon team that won last year’s championships is back to defend their crown with a new pair of Pro riders. Alessandro Tarabini and Filippo Berto take charge of the team led by Jerry Canevisio and Giorgio Testa, and Berto makes his debut in the Super Trofeo. Meanwhile, Bonaldi Motorsport will recruit a pair of veteran drivers through Loris Spinelli and Max Weering. The duo is a proven combination, taking both victories at the Nürburgring last season, helping Dutchman Weering finish second in the championship points standings last year.
A number of rookies in the Pro class will also be present, along with VS Racing’s French duo Jean-Luc D’Auria and Stéphane Tribaudini. At Leipert Motorsport, Romanian driver David-Mihai Serban will race solo in his first season, while the all-American team of Jean-François Brunot and Kerong Li will join forces. Belgian singles champion Amaury Bonduel moves on to GT racing with the BDR Competition. Milan Teekens will play his second season at Super Trofeo Europe, but this time he will play alongside rookie Marzio Moretti at Target Racing.
The Pro-Am class is expected to be one of the most competitive classes in years, with 10 participants preparing to take part in the opening round. Damian Ciosek and Magnus Gustavsen will race together for Team Lamborghini Rome, ex-Blancpain GT Series and GP3 Series driver Lewis Williamson makes his debut for Team Oregon alongside Massimo Ciglia. Imola will mark the return of two drivers to Super Trofeo Europe: San Marino’s Emanuele Zonzini will team up with VS Racing’s Emanuel Colombini, while Italy’s Pietro Perolini and Argentina’s Paolo Biglieri will complete Bonaldi’s team. Bronislav Formanek and Josef Zaruba continue their partnership with the all-Czech team Micanek Motorsport as they try to win the classification title for the first time. Leipert Motorsport’s push is reinforced by the arrival of veteran New Zealander Brendon Leitch and American Gerhard Watzinger, who are running a combined campaign at GT World Challenge Europe. Senior Jürgen Krebs and Tim Torsten Müller occupy the second Leipert car. Former Leipert Motorsport duo Dan Wells and Oscar Lee will continue their partnership this year, but Rexal will move to the FFF Racing Team, while Dmitry Gvazava will stay at Target Racing, which has partnered with newcomer Milan Petelet. Finally, GT3 Poland will compete with compatriots Grzegorz Moczulski and Rafal Mikrut.
The Am category is also packed with many new features for 2022. Frenchman Stéphan Guérin will race alone with Arkadia Racing in his first season in the championship. Boutsen Ginion will move into four vehicles for 2022, where Claude-Yves Gosselin and Marc Rostan continued their collaboration from last year. Elie Dubelly teams up with Pierre Feligioni, while Feligioni’s 2021 teammate Daniel Waszczinski forms a new partnership with Regis Rego De Sebes. The list was completed by Belgian François Grimm, who attended the International GT Open last year.
Andrzej Lewandowski will retain last year’s Pro-Am title in the new environment of GT3 Poland, which will drive another car for Holger Harmsen. Veteran campaigner Oliver Freymuth returns with the AKF Motorsport team, while Enrico Bettera makes his debut with Team Oregon. Gabriel Rindone remained at Leipert Motorsport, Raffaele remained at Giannoni Automobile Tricolore.
Two-time Lamborghini Cup champion Hans Fabri is back for a new season with Imperiale Racing. The trio will face off against champion Gerard van der Horst (2016, 2017 and 2018 champions) and 2019 champions brothers Benoît and François Semoulin (Semspeed). Second place in 2021, father-son duo Luciano and Donovan Privitelio will aim for the championship with the Rexal FFF Racing Team, which will also enter a second car in the LB Cup category for Kumar Prabakaran. Sandro Mur will go solo for Bonaldi Motorsport.
Imola weekend kicks off with a couple of free practice sessions this Friday before qualifying for Saturday morning at 10:40 am. Then, the season will start with a 50-minute pit stop race that will start at 16:05 today. The second race will be held at 11:50 on Sunday morning. The English live broadcast will be broadcast at: Lamborghini Squadra Corse YouTube channelSky owns the broadcast rights in Italy and Germany.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe – Calendar 2022
Round 1: Imola (Italy), 1-3 April
Round 2: Le Castellet (France), 3-5 June
Round 3: Misano (Italy), 1-3 July
Round 4: Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 29-30 July
Round 5: Barcelona (Spain) September 30-October 2
Round 6: Portimão (Portugal), 3-4 November
Grand Final: Portimão (Portugal), 5-6 November