GETTING TO KNOW…
Giacomo Altoè has grown up around motorsport. It’s hard not to when your parents own and run the Adria Raceway! Having started in go-karting before making the switch to touring cars, Giacomo then began his adventure with Lamborghini Squadra Corse in 2018, winning the Super Trofeo Europe series and World Finals.
Now, he’s an established GT racer with another international to his name. The ultimate goal? To continue winning of course…
HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME ASSOCIATED WITH LAMBORGHINI?
GA: “My career with Lamborghini started in 2018 with Antonelli Motorsport. I already knew Marco Antonelli [the Team Boss] before, and at that time I was going in two different ways in my career: I was doing TCR International Series as well as GT racing and I had some contacts in TCR to continue with that. But after meeting with Marco, I decided to change to GTs because it is my favourite category and I always wanted to be there.
TALK THROUGH YOUR 2018 SEASON, BECAUSE IT WAS QUITE A SPECIAL ONE WASN’T IT?
“Yes! We decided to do both Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and Italian GT in 2018, still with Antonelli Motorsport and sharing the car with [Daniel] Zampieri, so for me it was perfect because I was getting a lot of experience in my first year of racing in GT. Daniel was teaching me a lot so I was kind of growing up very quickly. So that year, we won more or less everything: we won the Italian GT Championship, Super Trofeo Europe and the Super Trofeo World Finals, so it was a great, great year.
From there, we started to talk between Lamborghini, Giorgio Sanna and to work on a real programme. They put me in International GT Open with Emil Frey Racing and with [fellow Lamborghini Factory Driver] Albert Costa and that worked out really well for us.”
LAST YEAR YOU WON THE INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN TITLE IN THE LAST RACE. HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE?
“It was really tough because we were fighting for the championship for the whole season, so to lose it in the last round would have been a disaster, so we put every effort into winning it and it worked out. It was the first championship title for Emil Frey Racing and also their first year with Lamborghini so it was a great weekend. I was really happy and really proud of the efforts from the team all season long because the McLaren of Teo Martin Racing was very strong as well. Another reason why it was so special was that we won it in Italy at Monza as well, so personally, having my family and my friends there to celebrate with us was very nice too.”
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALBERT LIKE?
“It’s amazing, it really is. We are like brothers and we get on so well as team-mates as well. We are always joking and we’re serious when the work starts; we’re really professional and we’re always finding the right way to work together for the benefit of the team. This really helps, to have the same ideas as each other, because you are sharing the car at the end of the day. It makes it easier, because we are happy with each other and if we need some more driving time, he is giving me this and I’m doing the same with him.”
DO YOU HAVE A SIMILAR DRIVING STYLE? ARE YOU ABLE TO ADAPT TO THE OTHER EASILY?
“Yes, they are quite similar, he is a little bit more aggressive let’s say and I am a bit more conservative and not pushing 100% the whole time. But yeah, we are quite similar and are adapting the set-up for ourselves.”
EXPECTATIONS AHEAD OF THIS YEAR IN GTWCE
“It is a bit too early to say how things will go this year already, but for sure it will be challenging as we are competing in the best GT championship in the world. For us, moving to Pirelli tyres will mean that we have to adapt our driving style in the car a bit more. But we are ready for the challenge and we have the right mindset as drivers and as a team. I have two great team-mate, Albert and Franck [Perera] and we are already working perfectly with them, I feel confident and happy with them so I think we can do a good job. Let’s see!”
BEING A LAMBORGHINI FACTORY DRIVER, HOW IS IT FOR YOU?
“It’s a dream of a lifetime for me, I always wanted to become a factory driver since I was about 10 or 12 years old. So, it’s a job done but it’s also a new start for me and I am really happy to share the car with Albert again this year. Because last year, we were like brothers and we had a great season together, and I think this season we can work and do an even better job together.
Born: 5 October in Pordenone, Italy
Age: 19 years-old
Titles: International GT Open (2019), Italian GT Championship (2018), Super Trofeo Europe (2018), Super Trofeo World Finals (2018)
2020 Programme: GT World Challenge Europe with Emil Frey Racing alongside Albert Costa and Franck Perera