As a season of record grids, compelling racing, growing media coverage, extensive social media engagement of over 4 million followers and a burgeoning new series in Asia, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series heads to a dramatic finale at the Circuito de Navarra this weekend.
The Championship Decider
Following the high drama witnessed at the Nürburgring three weeks ago, the all eyes turn to Los Arcos in the Navarre region of Northern Spain for the culmination of seven months of compelling racing that will resolve with the award of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo titles for the amateur and PRO- AM series this weekend.
With a tightly contested series going into the penultimate races in Germany, a turn one collision between the leading amateur car of Roberto Tanca/Leonardo Geraci and the second-placed PRO-AM contestants, Bernard Delhez/Dimitri Enjalbert has provided the title leader, Cédric Leimer of AutoVitesse Garage R. Affolter, with a solid 19 point advantage, with a maximum thirty points available for races eleven and twelve this weekend.
Considering the challenge ahead of him this weekend in Spain, Touring Auto 2000 SRL’s Bernard Delhez reflected,"Dimitri and I are the fastest in the series, of that I have no doubt, but if Leimer has a clean run in Spain, it will be almost impossible for us to win the championship as we are 19 points behind. Our only chance to win the championship is if Leimer has a problem, and I don’t think it is sporting to wish that upon your opponents. Realistically, we have a very small chance of the title, but all I can focus on is winning the two races in Navarra."
For his part, Cédric Leimer has reunited with his young protégé, Julien Piguet, who showed not just considerable pace, but also a measured and balanced approach to maintaining his team-mate’s bid for the title. The young Frenchman – a sometime stunt driver featuring in Hollywood movies including filming sequences for the Bourne Identity to the Bond franchise - will see if he can assist Leimer to the title, as well as promoting the interests of AutoVitesse Garage R. Affolter who currently hold a very slender two point advantage in the PRO-AM teams’ classification over Autocarrozzeria Imperiale SRL.
In the amateur series, the championship leader, Leonardo Geraci was rather more fortunate that his series lead was not as compromised by the race ten incident as his PRO-AM colleagues and what was a 34 point lead going into the brace of German races remains unchanged, assuring the Italian Autocarrozzeria Imperiale driver of the amateur series title.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2013
At 1145hrs on Sunday October 14, Automobili Lamborghini’s President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann will unveil the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 race car to the attending press corps and VIP guests in conjunction with the series sponsor, Blancpain, as a prelude to the anticipated growth of both the European and Asian series. Race Director Maurizio Reggiani says, “We will reveal all the details of the 2013 series and the new car this weekend, but as we have achieved growth and success in 2012, it is fitting that we constantly evolve and improve what we are offering to our drivers, customers and spectators every year.”
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo programme of invitation VIP drivers will be closed out by Italian Paolo Necchi, journalist and racing driver who writes for Motormedia magazine and will pilot the #1 car.
Competition on the 3.993km Navarra circuit commences with qualifying on Saturday October 13th at 1520hrs, with the first race at 0900hrs on Sunday October 14 and the final race of the season taking place at 1520hrs, with championship awards to be presented later that day.
Opened in June 2010, the Circuito de Navarra is a new addition to the international roster of Grade 2 FIA accredited race circuits, hosting racing from GT1 to Formula One testing. With 15 corners and a variety of layouts, the track is well regarded as a spectator-friendly design that enables extensive viewing from a fixed location.