Squadra Corse Announces 2016 Young Drivers Program
Sant’Agata Bolognese/May 24, 2016.
The Young Drivers Program, one of Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s four talent programs for youngsters, is starting its third year. For the 2016 season, thirteen drivers aged 26 and under have been selected as the most deserving, distinguishing themselves in the three continental series of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, Europe, Asia and North America. Here is the list of the drivers participating in the Young Drivers Program 2016:
As in past editions, the aim of the Young Drivers Program is to train youngsters and accompany them along a growth path to become motorsport professionals; not only on track, but also outside the cockpit of a racing car. The mission is to provide them with the necessary tools to become complete professionals, from developing their driving skills alongside the factory drivers, to improvement of other aspects that Lamborghini Squadra Corse considers crucial to becoming a professional driver.
“After three years of the Young Drivers Program,” said Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, “and thanks to the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, in 2016 we are proud to see twenty drivers competing in the most important GT championships supported by Lamborghini Squadra Corse. In the wake of this success we have selected, and in some cases confirmed, the young motorsport talents of the 2016 season. They come from different countries and continents because we’re looking for drivers who can represent us, in the future, also in new emerging markets. We have further improved the driver training program and we are confident we will help identify the future protagonists of GT championships.”
To achieve these goals, the members of the Young Drivers Program are involved in a program that includes a number of activities carried out in close contact with the motorsport department of Automobili Lamborghini.
The program starts with track activities, involving young drivers in the technical development of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. With test sessions on track; driver coaching with Lamborghini factory drivers; telemetry analysis with engineers; and transfer of their feedback to technicians, all these skills are fundamental to the growth of a professional driver, learning how to work with a precise methodology within a racing team.
Athletic practice, another central pillar of a racing driver’s training, will also be included in Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s 2016 program, with a more structured program than that of previous years to include a variety of physical training sessions, complete medical checks and sports nutrition concepts.
Additionally, the values and principles of the Lamborghini brand are transferred to members of the Young Drivers Program. Visits to the factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, communication and product training sessions, participation in the Lamborghini Accademia driving courses as instructors: these are the other steps that complete the personal growth curriculum for members of the Young Drivers Program in order to climb the pyramid of Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
After the Young Drivers Program comes the GT3 Junior Program which, this year, has doubled the number of participants compared to 2015. Currently, there are 20 GT3 Junior Drivers behind the wheels of Huracán GT3s, competing in the most important GT championships around the world and already achieving important results. The best of them will become the future GT champions of Lamborghini Squadra Corse.