LAMBORGHINI UNBEATABLE AT ITALIAN GT CUP FINALE Lamborghini drivers Giorgio Sanna and Davide Stancheris dominated the GT Cup class of the Italian GT Championship at the season finale in Monza, Italy, by claiming both pole positions and winning...
LAMBORGHINI UNBEATABLE AT ITALIAN GT CUP FINALE
Lamborghini drivers Giorgio Sanna and Davide Stancheris dominated the GT Cup class of the Italian GT Championship at the season finale in Monza, Italy, by claiming both pole positions and winning both of the weekend's races on 23-24 October 2010. The MIK Corse drivers crushed the opposition behind the wheel of the #123 Lamborghini Super Trofeo and finished the season second in the Drivers' Championship.
Official Automobili Lamborghini test driver Sanna and team-mate Stancheris topped the GT Cup class time-sheets in every session of the weekend, finishing both free practices on top, and then claiming the fastest laps in qualifying. Lamborghini locked out the front row for race one, with Sanna setting the best time of 1:51.852, while Giovanni Berton in the sister #149 MIK Corse Lamborghini Super Trofeo secured the second fastest lap time of 1:51.900 ahead of their Ferrari and Porsche competitors. Stancheris continued the team's strong performance, coming first in the second qualifying session.
Sanna started race one in the #123 Lamborghini but slipped back to second at the start as he avoided traffic from the GT2 and GT3 runners. Berton in the #149 Lamborghini took the lead, which he held until handing over to team-mate Adriano Baso. Sanna passed the #123 to Stancheris in second place. Despite a 15-second success penalty from a race win at Vallelunga, Stancheris claimed the lead in his stint and crossed the line first with a commanding gap of 26 seconds from the second-placed Porsche.
Stancheris took to the track first for race two but lost positions when the lights went green after making contact with the Ferrari of Marco Mapelli. He then charged through the field to reclaim as many places as he could before the mandatory pit-stop and driver change. The pair faced another success penalty of 30 seconds in the pits, given after the morning's victory. After the stop, Sanna re-emerged sixth and fought his way through the field to first, with Berton in the #149 following suit right behind him. The streak of overtaking manoeuvres in the closing stages brought a brilliant one-two finish for the Lamborghini pilots, with Sanna and Stancheris securing their fifth victory of the season, more than any other competing driver duo. The pair managed to close in on the championship leaders, finishing their season only eight points behind in second place.
"We have become the first team to take a victory with a 30-second success penalty," said Sanna. "It was a great weekend: we made no mistakes and the Monza track really suited the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, especially its powerful engine. Our goal for this season was to demonstrate the potential of the Super Trofeo race car and to develop it throughout the season. We have absolutely achieved this.
"We had a difficult start to the season, as we were given a lot of performance equalising ballast that caused problems with tyre wear. Without these weaker results at the beginning of the year there is a strong chance that we could have taken the title, so I'm hoping that next season Lamborghini will go one better in the standings," added Sanna.
"It was a truly fantastic weekend for Lamborghini, with our drivers dominating both the Italian GT Cup and the FIA GT1 World Championship," said Automobili Lamborghini Director of Brand and Design Manfred Fitzgerald. "The 570 hp four-wheel drive Lamborghini Super Trofeo has proven itself a highly successful race car, taking five victories in its first Italian GT season and also showing top performance in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo."