Amici returns to the scene of a double victory
Amici returns to the scene of a double victory
Defending champion Leimer will look to fend off pretenders
As the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo arrives in the dry heat of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur for round four of the series at Paul Ricard, the defending champion, Cédric Leimer will be only too aware that despite a good showing in Silverstone with a win and a second place, Andrea Amici stole the last win of the weekend in the UK and arrives at the scene of his double victory last year.
- Series leader Cédric Leimer confesses to not ‘liking the heat in Ricard much’
- The Swiss driver holds a 20 point margin over his nearest rivals, Bonaldi’s Adrian Zaugg & Federico de Nora
- Amateur Autovitesse stablemate Laurent Jenny has a 17 point margin over his nearest rival, Andrea Mamé and Mirko Zanardini
- The Ricard lap distance is 5.809km and features 14 turns, but can be configured in 167 different variations
- The circuit is notable for its striking tungsten & asphalt blue & red coloured run off zones
The palpable sense of rivalry as the series starts the run down to its final few rounds could not be more apparent; not only is the battle for honours between the consistency of Autovitesse’s Leimer and the devil-may-care bullishness of Imperiale’s Amici a fascinating one, but they are not the only drivers in play. Adrian Zaugg dominates the first stint of every race with his blistering pace and his team-mate Federico de Nora is growing in his capability to sustain the advantages Zaugg brings to the pit window. And closing out the top echelons of the PRO-AM points table is the consistently quick Leonardo Geraci.
Since amateur drivers elbowed their way to the top in Misano, there has been no lack of respect for their speed this season. The metronomic consistency of Laurent Jenny, who has been on the podium for every race has taken Autovitesse to the top of the amateur as well as the PRO-AM standings. Both his and Leimer’s efforts will be complemented by a third Autovitesse entry for the experienced Porsche driver and Le Mans veteran, Roland Berville, in the #64 car. Meanwhile professional ice hockey player Tomás Král makes a welcome return to the series in the #88 Gravity Charouz car alongside countryman Richard Chlad.
An All-Action Sunday
The weekend schedule for Paul Ricard sees no track activity on Friday, resulting in a compressed programme for Saturday, which will see three Super Trofeo track sessions including two one hour practice sessions and an evening qualifying session that starts at 1720hrs. Sunday thus plays host to two races, one an early start at 0920hrs and the weekend concluder, shortly after lunch at 1320hrs.
Squadra Corse takes Super Trofeo Global
As the European Squadra Corse takes to the track under the Marseille sun of southern France, so further east, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Asia will be racing at the Sepang GP circuit in Malaysia for round two of their series. And a short week later, as part of the American Le Mans Series North East Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the first of a five race series running alongside GRAND-AM, ALMS & IndyCar.
As each series focuses on its native competition, there will be an eye to another first under the Squadra Corse banner this year – the prospects of the very best drivers from the three continental series crossing swords in the very first World Final in November this year.
Meet the Drivers – Adrian Zaugg
One of the consistent features of the 2014 race season has been the dominant pace displayed by Adrian Zaugg, who opts to drive the #3 Bonaldi Motorsport car in the first stint of each race, to build up as much of a cushion as possible, in order to hand over a decent advantage to his amateur team-mate, Federico de Nora. Zaugg’s unmatched pace has been remarkable, and as the season has progressed, Federico’s ability to defend the lead he has taken into the second stint has grown in stature, making the pairing a potent combination.
A one-time Swiss resident, born in Singapore and a South African national, Zaugg is a cosmopolitan world citizen and has an equally rich racing career to match. The former Red Bull Junior driver has contested most of the keenly contested single seat formulae including Formula BMW, Formula Renault Cup, Renault World Series, GP2 and A1GP before joining the ranks of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series exactly a year ago as the championship arrived in France.
Adrian’s debut race gave the Lamborghini community a taste of his customary speed, but a brake failure precipitated an accident when he was leading and forced him into retirement. However, since this time, he has become a dependable front-runner and an odds-on favourite to post the fastest lap time in every race.
Away from the track, his Facebook page reveals that he is a fan of dog sledging, Canadian fly-fishing, the NFL and the Simpsons.
Adrian blogs about his Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing at http://www.carmagblog.co.za/author/adrian-zaugg/
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe Round 4: Paul Ricard
Saturday June 29
10:10 – 11:10 Free Practice 1
14:30 – 15:30 Free Practice 2
17:20 – 18:00 Qualifying
Sunday July 01
09:20 – 10:10 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Race 1
13:20 – 14:10 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Race 2