Q&A WITH SUPER TROFEO WORLD CHAMPION
Current Lamborghini Super Trofeo world champion Frederik Schandorff is just one of the many promising up-and-coming Danish GT3 drivers. Along with his victory in the World Finals in 2019, the 23-year-old is also the Super Trofeo Middle East champion and was confirmed as the Pro-Am champion in International GT Open at the beginning of 2020.
Like many of his compatriots, Schandorff made the switch from single seaters to sportscars and it is a decision which is paying dividends as he embarks on his first GT3 season in the Pro category.
We caught up with Frederik to get his thoughts ahead of the 2020 racing season:
HOW DO YOU REFLECT ON THE 2019 SEASON?
“It was amazing, honestly. The only reason I did the World Finals at the end of the year was because I won the Middle East championship in February, and that was just a pre-season for my GT3 programme because last year was my first year in GT3. So, it was not really the intention to do the World Finals, it just happened. I got a call from Target Racing the Sunday before the weekend in Jerez asking me if I could join them, so I of course said yes and after that everything went unbelievably well.
“And then on top of that, I did two Pro-Am campaigns in GT3, with Vincenzo Sospiri Racing in GT World Challenge Asia and International GT Open. So, last year was very busy for me but very successful also as I won three titles and am now driving as a Pro in GT World Challenge Asia and Europe in the Endurance Cup and in the Italian Sprint series.”
HOW BIG WAS WINNING THE WORLD FINALS FOR YOU?
“I certainly got a lot more attention from sponsors from winning that I must say. And it’s been a big help in getting my programmes in place for this year, especially driving in the Pro category. It’s also helped get the attention of Giorgio [Sanna] which is the main thing if I want to become a Lamborghini Factory Driver in the future.
“Without the World Finals win, I don’t think this year’s programme would have been possible, definitely not in the Pro category anyway because the World Finals was the most important win in my career so far. I think it’s also shown all the Lamborghini people that I am ready to be a part of their team, which is my main goal.”
LOOKING BACK ON YOUR RISE UP THE RANKS, YOU MADE THE SWITCH FROM SINGLE SEATERS TO GT EARLY. A GOOD DECISION THEN?
“First of all, when I was a little kid, I of course dreamt of racing in Formula 1 like everyone else. I drove in Formula Ford in Denmark and became Danish champion in 2014. The in 2015, I got an offer from a German F4 team whereby I could drive for free because Bentley were building up a junior team for the Factory GT3 teams, so they started with Formula 4. But two weeks before the first race they called me and told me they needed the full budget because Mick Schumacher was arriving on the scene. And I didn’t have any kind of budget so I needed to recalculate what I wanted and that is why I changed into the Danish Thundercar series because that was the biggest one in Denmark. So that is how I started in GT racing.”
DOES BEING PART OF THE LAMBORGHINI FAMILY GIVE YOU A FIRM CAREER PATH IN MOTORSPORT NOW?
“I would say that it is a lot easier being associated with a manufacturer in GT3. It’s not easy of course, but it is easier than say in single seaters. We’re lucky that I made the switch to GT3 early on in my career because I have a chance to learn everything quickly and the Lamborghini Junior Programme is an amazing opportunity for me to progress and hopefully find a career in motorsport.
“They are supportive of me and are helping me choose the right programme for me. They also help improve my driving skills as well, so it is very nice to be part of such a great family. To be a Lamborghini Junior is also great for finding sponsors and getting a foothold in motorsport.”
WHAT IS YOU OVERALL AIM FOR THE 2020 SEASON?
“To do a good job in the programmes I am driving in and become a Lamborghini Factory Driver. Hopefully at the end of this year but of not, next year for sure. If I can show Lamborghini my talent and what I am capable of, then I have a good feeling about the future.”