2001 Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy
Preview - Round 7 - Valencia (E) - October 27/28
Spanish Showdown for Lamborghinis
World Superbike Star, Troy Corser To Drive VIP Car
The heat is on this weekend, October 27/28, as up to forty drivers and twenty magnificent Lamborghini Diablo GTRs head for the Spanish circuit of Valencia for the seventh and final round of the Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy.
Famed for the awesome power of its 6-litre V12 Diablo GTR, it seems only fitting that the House of the Bull should take its stunning machines to Spain, the home of bull fighting and matadors. And with no less than eight teams capable of taking the 2001 GTR Supertrophy this weekend, spectators are in for a real treat. Also not to be missed is a special guest appearance by World Superbike star, Troy Corser, in the Lamborghini VIP car.
This year, the battle for the GTR Supertrophy has been as intense as ever with no one team managing to pull out a clear lead. As the final round looms, the points standings reflect the incredibly hard fought battles that have been raging on circuits from Melbourne (AUS) in March of this year to Monza (I), Spa-Francorchamps (B), Magny-Cours (F), Donington (UK) and the famous Nurburgring (D).
Heading the points standings with 80 points each are the Italian pairings of Vincenzo Tirella and Vittorio Zoboli and brothers, Michele and Pietro Gianni. It is worth noting that both joint leaders are competing in identically prepared Team Mig Power Diablo GTRs. Snapping at their heels, also on equal points (74), is GTR Supertrophy newcomer and Lamborghini UK technician, Lee Cunningham (Riverside) and the third Mig Power pairing of Raoul Meyer and Fabio Santaniello.
Hoping to spoil Mig Power's stranglehold on the standings are two more Riverside teams with Philippe Charriol and his famous sportscar partner, Emmanuel Clérico on 68 points and French businessman, Stephane Lang-Willar following closely behind on 61 points. They won't have an easy time of it though, Lamborghini dealer, Frank Kremer and his teammate, Wido Roessler (Auto Kremer) have been consistent front runners this season, as have Leaseplan Manager, David Velay and Alexandre Frei (Autovitesse).
Not to be outdone, the Gentlemen drivers are having a heated battle of their own, not least between current leader, Lee Cunningham and staunch rival, Stephane Lang-Willar. The pair have been nose to tail all season and with just ten points separating the two solo drivers, they have just two more races to settle the score. Lang-Willar, however, had a nerve-wracking moment last time out at the Nurburgring and he will need to keep his nerves intact if he is to beat the determined Englishman. The battling duo should keep their eyes peeled though, any mistakes and they could fall prey to the pairings of Gérard Larrousse/Patrick Brisset and Michael Eschmann/Patrick Spadacini or even Belgian duo, Luc DeWinter and Cedric Lorent.
There is no doubt that this weekend is going to be a thrilling climax to a thrilling season.