Nurburgring: Lamborghini preview

LAMBORGHINI TAKES ON NUERBURGRING AFTER SERIES OF VICTORIES Following a streak of wins in the past weeks, the raging bulls are on their way to the historic Nuerburgring, Germany, for the next rounds of the FIA GT1 World Championship and the ADAC...

LAMBORGHINI TAKES ON NUERBURGRING AFTER SERIES OF VICTORIES

Following a streak of wins in the past weeks, the raging bulls are on their way to the historic Nuerburgring, Germany, for the next rounds of the FIA GT1 World Championship and the ADAC GT Masters on 26-29 August. Former Formula One driver Ricardo Zonta and Frank Kechele will get back behind the wheel of the #25 Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV after securing the GT1 victory in Spa-Francorchamps three weeks ago. Meanwhile, Peter Kox and Albert von Thurn und Taxis are looking to extend their lead in the ADAC GT Masters Drivers' Championship after claiming a double victory at the Lausitzring in the #24 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

The Reiter Engineering duo of Kechele and Zonta charged to Lamborghini's first victory in the FIA GT1 World Championship in a thrilling race at Spa, elevating them to fourth and sixth respectively in the Drivers' Championship. The Lamborghini drivers will again compete against the likes of Maserati, Corvette and Aston Martin for GT1 honours, when the series travels to the Nuerburgring for round six of the championship.

"I haven't raced in Europe since I was involved with Formula One, so to be winning races again after just three weekends is a fantastic feeling," said Zonta. "The Reiter Engineering team were all very excited and the victory was really motivational for the team. We will definitely be more determined for the next race weekend and I think that we can improve the car even further to give us an even greater chance of repeating the result."

The second Reiter Engineering car, the #24 Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV, will be driven by former 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Peter Kox and FIA GT3 European Champion Christopher Haase. After the Spa round Kox and Haase travelled to Malaysia, where they raced their Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 to victory in the 12-hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) in Sepang. Now, the pair are back in Europe and are as eager as ever to get back to World Championship action.

The other Lamborghini team in the FIA GT1 World Championship, All-Inkl.com Muennich Motorsport, will also field a double entry for the event, with Nicky Pastorelli and Dominik Schwager racing the #37 Murcielago, while Marc Basseng and Christophe Bouchut will pilot the #38 entry.

Also taking place at the Nuerburgring are rounds 11 and 12 of the ADAC GT Masters series, where Kox and team-mate Albert von Thurn und Taxis are leading the Drivers' Championship following their dominant performance at the latest event. The Reiter Engineering pair claimed the top spot in every session and secured a double victory at the Lausitzring. Kox and von Thurn und Taxis will have to push their Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 to the limit to extend their lead in the Drivers' Championship as they will carry the maximum success ballast of 50 kg at the Nuerburgring. Meanwhile Reiter Engineering is hoping to cement its top position in the Teams' Championship, which it currently shares with Abt Sportline.

Round six of the FIA GT1 World Championship will begin at 15:15 (CET) on Sunday 29 August, while rounds 11 and 12 of the ADAC GT Masters will take place at 12:00 (CET) on Saturday 28 August and 12:00 (CET) on Sunday 29 August.

-source: lamborghini

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Ricardo Zonta , Peter Kox , Christophe Bouchut , Dominik Schwager , Nicky Pastorelli , Marc Basseng , Christopher Haase , Albert von Thurn und Taxis , Frank Kechele
Teams Reiter Engineering