Leimer eyes back-to-back championships
With just four remaining scoring opportunities in the 2013 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo European series remaining, competitors head to Spa Francorchamps with a renewed sense of focus as the drivers’ and team’s championships begin to tighten to a captivating conclusion.
- Cédric Leimer leads the PRO-AM series with 74 points ahead of Zaugg/De Nora with 54, with Leonardo Geraci holding 52 points and Andrea Amici 51. 60 points are available in the remaining races
- Laurent Jenny holds a 17 point advantage in the Amateur championship
- Three of the four leading PRO-AM drivers (Leimer, Zaugg & Amici) visited the podium at Spa last year
- 20 cars will take the start grid in Belgium
The Swiss driver and defending PRO-AM champion, Cédric Leimer takes a considerable 20 point lead to Spa, which he will be looking to defend from three main protagonists – the South African ace and former Red Bull Junior driver, Adrian Zaugg, who habitually leads the first stint of each race before passing over to his rapidly-improving amateur team-mate, Federico de Nora. Zaugg looked on course for a Spa win last year before mechanical problems intervened. Leimer’s other main contender is the hard-charging Imperiale driver, Andrea Amici, who claimed one of the race wins in Belgium last year and will arrive in Belgium brimming with confidence having won the last race contested at Silverstone. And consistently in the mix is last year’s amateur title-holder, Leonardo Geraci.
So Leimer’s crack outfit, Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter, head the team’s tables ahead of Autocarrozzeria Imperiale and Bonaldi Motorsport, but not just due to reigning champion’s efforts. In the Amateur category, Leimer’s team-mate Laurent Jenny has enjoyed a matchless season, finishing every race on the podium and frequently finding himself in overall podium positions ahead of his PRO-AM colleagues, thereby catapulting Autovitesse Garage R. Affolter to the top of both teams’ championships.
While the title contenders in each championship will be focused on their bid for honours, there are any number of other drivers who may well mix up the results based on strong recent form. Composit Motorsport’s entries seem on the cusp of the podium, with Checco Malavasi & Flavio Pierleoni having progressively performed more competitively, notably with a fifth place at Silverstone, while their team-mates Enrico Dell Onte & Andrea Gagliardini promised much with a strong qualifying performance at Paul Ricard. Another glimpse of real form was also shown in France by series newcomer, Fran Bugliotti and the Emmebi Motorsport squad. Another team that have had a busy three weeks is the Gravity Charouz Team, occupied with race car repairs, but their commitment sees both Achim Winter & Richard Chlad making the grid in Belgium this weekend.
The race will also mark the first occasion the European Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo community has come together following the fatal accident suffered by Andrea Mamé at Paul Ricard. A number of tributes will be paid to the Italian driver over the race weekend.
A 24hr Spectacle
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo pair of races in Belgium form part of the schedule for the 24 Hours of Spa, one of the classics on the European endurance racing calendar that will see over 70 GT3 cars contesting the epic challenges of the Ardennes circuit. Key among the huge field are the entries of the two Blancpain Racing Lamborghinis piloted by Stefan Rossina/Albert von thurn und Taxis in the PRO Cup, and in the #24 sister car in the PRO-AM Cup classification, Marc A. Hayek/Peter Kox/Jos Menten/Kristian Poulsen. A third Lamborghini entry in the PRO-AM category is the GRT Grasser-Racing Team from Austria with Gottfried Grasser/Gerhard Tweraser/Hari Proczyk.
The 24hr race starts at 1630hrs on Saturday following a parade of cars through the town of Spa and the anticipated 60-70,000 race fans will also entertained by live music and a range of events through the night.