Andrea Amici is crowned Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Champion
In a thrilling conclusion to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe, Andrea Amici was crowned PRO-AM series champion. Cédric Leimer’s bid for a third title faltered at the final hurdle, when his mid-race pitstop was adjudged to have fallen short of the minimum time and he incurred a drive-through penalty that saw him end the season as runner-up. His Autovitesse team-mate, Laurent Jenny provided some compensation by claiming the Amateur title.
With the championship at stake, the early morning race started with four cars running abreast into turn one, with Adrian Zaugg who started on the second row emerging with the race lead. In a repeat of yesterday’s race, the South African set out to open a gap from the field, while Andrea Amici in second position was intent on consolidating his championship position. Behind this pair, an intense and highly competitive battle raged for the duration of the whole race between Alberto Viberti, Mirko Zanardini and Matteo Zucchi.
Further back in the traffic, Cédric Leimer needed to progress through the field aware that if the race followed a similar course to events on Saturday, Amici would challenge for the lead after the pitstops. By the time the pit window opened, Leimer had made up two places and was running in fifth. Zaugg meanwhile handed his team-mate Federico De Nora a 17s lead to take back on track, the Autocarrozzeria Imperiale driver had nullified the advantage and on lap 19, Amici took the race lead.
Leimer now had a significant job to do to preserve his title hopes. Pegged behind Richard Chlad, his hopes seemed to be faltering, but on unlucky lap 13, the race officials handed the Swiss driver a drive-through penalty for a pitstop that fell 0.2s short of the mandatory time. Once Leimer had served his penalty, he had lost two places on track and fallen back to eighth overall, a position he could not improve upon before the flag fell and with it went his bid for a third title.
With the Amateur title confirmed on Saturday, those not directly involved in the championship hunt had their own battles to win, and the three-way fight between Viberti, Zanardini and Zucchi captivated to the final lap, but the 18 year old Alberto Viberti, yesterday’s Amateur winner, went two places better and finished in second place behind Amici, followed by Mirko Zanardini to close out the podium.
In a tight teams’ battle, Amici’s success promoted Autocarrozzeria Imperiale SRL to the top of the PRO-AM Championship, while Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter claimed the Teams’ Amateur title.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final – Vallelunga, November 23/24
Following the championship presentations in the Lamborghini Village in the Nürburgring paddock, Maurizio Reggiani, Automobili Lamborghini’s Board Member for Research & Development announced that the World Final would take place at Vallelunga in November.
Further details concerning the format of the event and other details will be communicated shortly.
P1 Andrea Amici #54, Autocarrozzeria Imperiale
“It is such an incredible feeling to win the championship. We had a bit of difficulty at the very beginning of the season, but things have got better and better as the season progressed. We won six races, and today was fantastic.”
P2 (1st Amateur) Alberto Viberti #47, Composit Motorsport
“What can I say other than I'm extremely happy. It's a shame I only made the overall podium in the last race of the championship, but it was only the second race I have run on my own and I feel like I've grown a lot in the last couple of races.”
P3 Mirko Zanardini #34, Bonaldi Motorsport
“This is a blessed podium, the one I absolutely wanted at any cost, to be able to dedicate it - and this whole season - to my best friend who we all lost – Andrea Mamé. I know he definitely helped me out there today as there were times towards the end of the race when I struggled but I never gave up, I just fought until the very last metre to do this for for him. Today means so much for Andrea and I to be awarded second place in the championship together.”
P15, Laurent Jenny #19, Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter (Amateur Champion)
I'm thrilled to have won the championship - I would like to thank my friend Cédric Leimer, without whom I wouldn't be here. He's the one who introduced me to the series and I must say a big thank you to Michel Duvernay as well, who has done some exceptional work throughout this season to provide me with a magnificent car.”