LAMBORGHINI SHOWS MUSCLE IN BELGIAN ENDURANCE RACE Lamborghini-equipped Argo Racing claimed a fifth-place finish in the 33-strong field of the BELCAR Endurance Championship at the world-class Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, on 19 September...
LAMBORGHINI SHOWS MUSCLE IN BELGIAN ENDURANCE RACE
Lamborghini-equipped Argo Racing claimed a fifth-place finish in the 33-strong field of the BELCAR Endurance Championship at the world-class Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, on 19 September 2010. Niels Lagrange and Danny De Laet contested round four of the season, racing in the highly competitive pack to secure 13 championship points in the #15 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.
Lagrange, a 19-year-old Belgian Lamborghini driver, recorded the sixth fastest lap time of 2:21.551 on Saturday, beating Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin pilots to line up on the third row in Sunday's four-hour race. Lagrange got off to a good start, moving up three places to third. The Argo Racing pilot defended well in the strong field before handing over the #15 Lamborghini to team-mate De Laet, who crossed the finish line fifth after completing 93 laps at the demanding Spa circuit.
"The car is fantastic, I am very happy with it," said Argo Racing Team Manager Wolfgang Koepp. "The engineering team is doing a good job too and we are receiving great technical assistance. I am aiming for fourth or fifth place in the BELCAR championship and also to continue our challenge in the FIA GT3 European Championship."
Meanwhile, round seven of the FIA GT1 World Championship took place over the same weekend in Portimao, Portugal, featuring a four-car Lamborghini line-up. The quartet got off to a rough start in the Mediterranean heat but improved throughout the three-day event. The All-Inkl.com Muennich Motorsport duo of Nicky Pastorelli and Dominik Schwager finished qualifying as the highest Lamborghini entry with the sixth fastest lap time of 1:43.537.
In Sunday's Championship Race, it was the Reiter Engineering team that shined, with the #24 and #25 Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV cars improving several positions to finish seventh and eighth, from 12th and 14th on the grid respectively. Peter Kox got behind the wheel of the #24 Reiter Engineering car first and gained a place at the start, with Frank Kechele in the #25 car jumping up two places to arrive right behind the sister Lamborghini. The pair continued to make up places, with Kox handing over to Christopher Haase in ninth, while Kechele was running tenth before passing the #25 to team-mate Jos Menten. Haase and Menten made up more places to eventually secure seventh and eighth places respectively, scoring 14 points for the Reiter Engineering team, reinforcing the German outfit's second place in the FIA GT1 Teams' World Championship.
Round eight of the FIA GT1 World Championship will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 5-7 November, while round seven of the BELCAR Endurance Championship will be held in Zolder, Belgium, on 8-10 October.