Meet the Leimers
Motor racing has an established family tradition of transferring passion and skill between the generations – look no further than Keke & Nico Rosberg, or the Hill or McRae dynasty. But the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series at Spa Francorchamps this weekend boasts its own remarkable family story.
While Cédric Leimer has all his attention focused on maintaining - if not extending - his lead in the PRO-AM series in order to claim successive titles, his brother Hervè is a competitive Amateur driver. The family’s long relationship with Lamborghini includes a brief interlude when Cédric & Hervè’s father, René, took on a substantial shareholding in Automobili Lamborghini in the mid-1970s.
However, with the brothers’ focus on racing, another remarkable connection with the Bolognese car company took on another fascinating turn this weekend as cousin Cyril joined the Autovitesse R.Affolter team to race in the Belgian round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. Cyril’s addition to the Swiss squad means that no less than three Leimers will line up on the grid this weekend.
However, it will not all be family squabbles out on the track as Cyril has opted to partner Hervè in the #64 Autovitesse car. Working as a co-director with Hervè at Fila Groupe SA, a multi-franchise automotive business, Cyril from Yverdon-les-Bains in Switzerland has clearly been tempted to join his cousins in stamping another Leimer chapter of history on the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. Hervè’s son, Julien, who works for Autovitesse, makes it a quartet of family members involved with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.
Cyril said, “Obviously it is an important weekend for Cédric as he is again focusing on winning another championship and Spa is a critical race for him to achieve this goal. For my part, I come to Spa with far less experience than him or Hervè, so my aim is to enjoy myself and to do my best to support my co-pilot.”