A NEW MILESTONE IN LAMBORGHINI MOTORSPORT HISTORY
Italian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini and title sponsor Blancpain celebrated the debut of the Asia Series of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend. Already in its fourth year in Europe, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Asia will now provide an exclusive platform for gentlemen drivers, entering individually or in teams of two, to compete at the wheel of the bespoke Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car in one of the world’s fastest one-make series. With 18 teams from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, the opening weekend of the Asia Series saw the brand’s extreme, uncompromising and quintessentially Italian super race cars showcased at their best in two fiercely competitive races.
Crowds of spectators watched the Super Trofeo teams follow the format of a 50-minute practice session providing precious time to get accustomed to the track, before a 35-minute qualifying session and two official races each 50 minutes long. A compulsory driver change window of ten minutes in both races adds to the excitement.
This year’s Asia Series complements the European Lamborghini Blancpain SuperTrofeo series, now in its fourth season. In Asia, the series visits some of Asia’s highest-standard international circuits including Sepang, Fuji, Ordos, Zhuhai, Penbay and concluding in Shanghai for November’s grand finale.
“The Super Trofeo Asia Series is an important milestone for our company,” said Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “Lamborghini is already well-known in the region for its iconic supercars, and now we are also sharing our passion for motorsports with other enthusiasts across Asia. We are also delighted to be joined by such an international group of gentleman drivers, and we look forward to following them throughout the series as they experience Lamborghini in its most extreme form.”
More than a motorsport event, the Super Trofeo Championship is also the ultimate lifestyle experience for those who dare to ride Lamborghini’s most extreme bull. As a luxury brand and advocate of expert craftsmanship, Lamborghini is honored to partner with Blancpain, the prestigious Swiss watchmaker and the European series’ title sponsor, for its first series in Asia.
Mr. Delamuraz, Vice President and Head of Marketing of Blancpain said: “Over the past several years, Blancpain has been increasing its presence in Asia. We are really excited to launch a Super Trofeo series in Asia this year. This new concept, similar to the Super Trofeo in Europe, will allow passionate motorsport lovers to race on Asia’s most prestigious racetracks! For Blancpain and Lamborghini, this project is the result of mature reflection, based on a three-year partnership in Europe as well as on our knowledge of our local client’s expectations.”
The series’ debut in Sepang was held alongside the Malaysian Super Series. Other major race events will partner the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in subsequent race meetings such as Formula Nippon in Japan, the Audi Pandelta Race in Zhuhai, and culminating in a big season finale in Shanghai in November with a Group final: Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, Audi R8 LMS Cup, VW Scirocco Cup Asia and Porsche Cup Asia.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race Car
A lightweight version of the road-going Gallardo LP 560-4, the Super Trofeo race car comes complete with a reworked chassis and a power output of 419 kW from its V10 engine. The race car features Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel drive and comes equipped with leading safety features, including an FIA FT-3 fuel cell, a full roll cage, a new Brembo Racing brake system and compatibility with HANS safety devices.
Typical of Lamborghini, the Super Trofeo’s bodyshell is not only extremely light but also exceptionally safe. Boasting tremendous torsional stiffness, the Super Trofeo maintains outstanding handling. Carbon-fibre composite features heavily in the bodyshell’s construction, forming the front skirt, splitter, rear bonnet, front compartment cover, side skirts, diffuser, rear skirt and large rear wing. The rear wing can also be repositioned to suit the requirements of different race tracks and environments, while all the race car’s windscreens and windows are made from Makrolon lightweight hi-tech polycarbonate.
Complementing its carbon-fibre black Alcantara panels, the Super Trofeo comes equipped with one low-mounted racing bucket seat, produced in light and stiff Kevlar carbon-fibre composite, providing perfect ergonomic support to the driver, who is then secured into position by a six-point racing harness.Results
Race 11. Liu / Rizzo (#37), China2. Wiser (#66), China3. Charlz (#99), Singapore4. Shigeru / Hideto (#10), Japan5. Chan / Tse (#88), Hong Kong6. Chou / Chen (#6), China7. Chen (#3), China8. Choi / Lau (#8), Hong Kong9. Henry / Se (#22), China10. Motoaki (#12), Japan11. Cheng / Lok (#2), China12. Wong / Hui (#23), Thailand13. Chao / Lin (#38), Taiwan14. Kai / Dong (#7), China15. Ramli (#9), Malaysia16. Lu (#36), Taiwan17. Yeo (#11), China18. Lu (#1), China
1. Liu / Rizzo (#37), China2. Charlz (#99), Singapore3. Wiser (#66), China4. Chan / Tse (#88), Hong Kong5. Shigeru / Hideto (#10), Japan6. Xu / Zhang (#7), China7. Chou / Chen (#6), China8. Chen (#3), China9. Motoaki (#12), Japan10. Wong / Hui (#24), Thailand11. Chao / Lin (#38), Taiwan12. Henry / Se (#22), China13. Cheng / Lok (#2), China14. Choi / Lau (#8), Hong Kong15. Lu (#36), Taiwan16. Yeo (#11), China17. Ramli (#9), Malaysia18. Lu (#1), China