Lime Rock Park, CT, Thursday 4th July 2013. With an established presence in Europe and Asia, Automobili Lamborghini introduces the eagerly awaited Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series to North America at the AMLS North Eastern Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park this week.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is a single make series that is perfectly placed as a stepping stone for drivers aspiring to graduate to professional GT racing. The philosophy of enabling enthusiasts through to seasoned race drivers to progress their driving ambition is part of Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse program.
The series is built around the established racing pedigree of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo which features 570hp, all-wheel drive and variable aerodynamics that enable drivers to achieve a downforce range from 282lbs (128kg) to 352lbs (160kg). The net result is on-track performance just shy of GT3 standards, and with sporting and technical regulations that ensure close competition, Super Trofeo allows drivers to master high-level sports car racing competition while measuring themselves against their peers.
The other distinctive aspect to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series is the high standard of off-track hospitality that creates a genuine sense of esprit de corps among competitors while providing the perfect premium environment for hosting guests and sponsors in a fashion that is consistent with Lamborghini’s supercar status.
COO of Automobili Lamborghini America Michael Lock said, “The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series in North America. It is a bold statement in our commitment towards motorsport. With such passionate and knowledgeable racing fans in the US, we look forward to showcasing a successful and well contested series ahead.”
Randy Hembrey, Race Director for IMSA added, “We are excited to be able to welcome Lamborghini to the IMSA portfolio. This is an historic moment for sports car racing in the North America and we are proud to be representing the brand. The cars are look and perform incredibly well, are highly competitive and will put on an exciting show for the fans.”
The inaugural grid at Lime Rock will feature teams from across the US including Miami, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Dallas, New Jersey and the Carolinas.
Notable entries for this weekend include Change Racing with NASCAR Super Sprint Rookie of the Year 2010, Kevin Conway and local Lime Rock Resident, Dean DiGiacomo along with Lamborghini factory driver Richard Antinucci.
The Racing Format – Fast Facts
- Light weight LP 570-4 Gallardo
- 5.2 liter V10s all wheel drive
- 2 x 50 Minute Races
- Mandatory pitstop between minutes 20 & 30 to allow for driver change
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Round 1: Lime Rock Park, CT
Friday May 03
10:45 – 11:45 Free Practice 1
14:15 – 15:15 Free Practice 2
Saturday May 04
10:10 – 10:50 Qualifying
15:35 – 16:25 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Race 1
18:00 Media update distributed – summary, quotes, results
Sunday May 05
11:30 – 12:20 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Race 2
17:00 Media update distributed – summary, quotes, results
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American series will feature five races run in partnership with North America’s most established racing promoters including GRAND-AM, ALMS, IMSA and IndyCar and at some of the most prestigious circuits in the US and Canada.
The racing calendar for this season is:-
- Lime Rock Park, CT (ALMS) 05/06 July
- Kansas Speedway GRAND-AM 17/18 August
- Calabogie, Canada IMSA 07/08 September
- Virginia International Raceway AMLS 05/06 October
- Fontana, California 18/19 October
The series provides the opportunity for top placed teams and drivers to contest a World Series featuring leading drivers from the European and Asian series in Rome, Italy in November
Vallelunga (ITA) 23/24 November (Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final)