The Best of Both Worlds:
Andrea Amici is still just 26-years-old but can already be considered a Lamborghini Super Trofeo veteran, such has been his meteoric rise to the top of the one-make GT series. The Roman, who has GT3 firmly in his sights, is also a key player in the road car development of Automobili Lamborghini. Put simply, Amici lives and breathes the Lamborghini brand.
A product of the Italian karting scene, Amici made his first foray into GT racing in 2011 at the tender age of 17 in the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia championship. Competing against future Lamborghini drivers such as Vito Postiglione, Marco Mapelli, Raffaele Giannoni and Stefano Constantini, Amici plied his trade before switching to Super Trofeo Europe the following year.
And it was there that Amici started to make his mark, finishing third in the Pro-Am standings despite missing the opening round of the season at Monza.
“I didn’t have the budget for the full season so I missed the first round,” Amici says.
“But from the first year though, I was close to achieving the title and finished third, even though I missed one round, which gave me a lot of confidence.”
Amici won the Pro-Am Europe title in 2013 and then runner-up in the Pro category 12 months later. A GT3 debut in 2015 preceded his first top class title, in GT Asia [driving an Huracán GT3 ] which gave him all the experience required to win the Super Trofeo Asia series in 2018.
“Winning the Asia championship was amazing, and I think I would not have been as fast there if I did not do the GT Asia season the year before [in the Audi R8]. When I did Super Trofeo Asia, I already knew the tracks so it was a bit easier for me.”
Third in last year’s Super Trofeo North America campaign [for Wayne Taylor Racing alongside Sandy Mitchell] and second in the World Finals to Frederik Schandorff has proved Amici’s credentials even further.
But that’s only part of what makes Amici tick. As of last year, the Italian is also a key cog in the research and development of Lamborghini’s road car division.
“This is something I am very proud of!” he explains.
“As a young Italian driver, to be part of the Lamborghini road car development is amazing. I am a driving instructor and also working with the engineering department, giving my insight into what will make the cars better.
It’s a far cry from his racing programme, but Amici applies the same principal towards his work, even if the approach varies between race and road divisions.
“The approach [to the road cars] is different from racing, because in racing you are always looking for performance and this is the only goal,” Amici says.
“With road cars you have to take into account driveability, comfort and the technology that goes into making it a nice experience for drivers.
“One thing for sure is that I am learning a lot more about the road cars, each time I go to the factory. It’s a different world but also very similar to my world, especially as the race cars are built on the same production line as the road versions, which is very unique.”
When racing eventually resumes, Amici will concentrate his efforts on securing the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America title alongside the up-and-coming Ashton Harrison in the #25 WTR/Prestige Performance Racing Huracán.