All-Wheel-Drive Racing Hits Birmingham

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The World’s Fastest One-Make Series; that’s the exciting, bold truth about the new Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race series. With the first race taking place on UK soil at Silverstone in May, racing fans and prospective drivers will get an exclusive UK-preview of the series at Autosport International, held on 8-11 January at the NEC, Birmingham.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is a new concept in racing; pitching up to 30 identical 570-horsepower, four-wheel drive Gallardos, a world’s first, against each other on some of Europe’s best-known circuits including Spa-Francorchamps and Paul Ricard. The series will support prestigious racing championships like the FIA GT Championship and DTM, running over six weekends during the year.

Lamborghini Brand Director Manfred Fitzgerald said: “The Super Trofeo is definitely going to be something very special in the world of motorsport, combining speed with exclusivity. As the world’s fastest one-make series, we will be aiming to put on a memorable show, and we are delighted that people will be able to see our car first at Autosport International, where the 2009 racing season really begins.”

The car recently tested at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy, confirming all of its pre-season potential. Combining dramatic looks with stunning performance, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is designed to appeal to both professional and gentlemen drivers alike. At the heart of the Super Trofeo concept is the Lamborghini Village: a home-from-home hospitality centre at each circuit.

“Sportscar and endurance racing is going through an extremely exciting period, and as one-make series have long been a stepping-stone for aspiring drivers, another path to the top of the sport is always welcome,” said Haymarket Exhibitions Show Director Ian France. “The 2009 show is going to be a bumper one for new series, not just the Super Trofeo, but also the KTM X-Bow Super Sport Cup, Striker Challenge and ORECA’s Formula Le Mans.” 

Notes to editorsThe 2008 Autosport International Show attracted over 84,000 visitors, including 28,000 trade buyers. Over 1,000 media representatives were present throughout the event, covering the show’s numerous live displays and 850 exhibitors.

Autosport International will be open to the public on Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 January 2009. Adult tickets start at £29 per day, with children’s tickets costing £19, and include a 34-page souvenir brochure. To book, visit or call 0044 (0) 844 579 3188 .

Paddock passes are available for £35 per adult and £25 for children. In addition to standard admission, visitors will have access to the Driver Signing Area as well as fast-track entry to the Live Action Arena and a great viewing position at the centre of the grandstands.

A Platinum Club pass, at £100, includes all the benefits of the Paddock Pass plus exclusive access to the VIP enclosure at the very top of the Live Action Arena grandstand, complete with champagne and canapés. You will also receive complimentary parking, cloakroom at the NEC plus a goodie bag.

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