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LGTRS: Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy Monza preview

Close racing action, thrills and spills, and sheer full-blooded horsepower signal the return of the Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy to the race tracks of Europe, when the Diablos take to the grid at Monza in Italy on April 22 for the second round of...

Close racing action, thrills and spills, and sheer full-blooded horsepower signal the return of the Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy to the race tracks of Europe, when the Diablos take to the grid at Monza in Italy on April 22 for the second round of the seven race series following their Australian 2001 debut.

The V12 Lamborghini's bring their own flavour of racing to Monza, when professional racers face opposition from their non-professional rivals, the Gentlemen Drivers. The Gianni's, Micele and Pietro (Mig Power) from Italy, lead the overall tables after a maximum score in the first Melbourne race was backed-up by a podium place in the other race, leaving the Philippe Charriol (Riverside) second, six points adrift despite winning the second Melbourne race in March - but he has a secret weapon for Monza in the form of co-driver, Jean Marc Gounon.

The Gentleman Driver table is led by Frenchman Patrick Spadacini (Classic Car), winner of the first race in Melbourne, chased hard by compatriot Stephane Lang Willar ((Riverside) who took podium places in both races in Australia. Spadacini teams up with Germany's Micheal Eschmann for the two Monza races, hoping to improve on the pair of second places won on their previous visit to Monza

While the battle for points continues for the first time on European ground since last September's race at Monza, a pair of famous names joins the fray - Michele Alboreto and Gerard Larrousse.

Alboreto, now 44 years old and the veteran of 194 Formula One GP starts, visits the scene of a former relationship with Lamborghini power and with former double Le Mans winner, Larrousse. Alboreto raced a Lamborghini powered Lola chassis at Monza in the 1989 Italian GP, the team managed at the time by Larrousse.

Action begins on Friday with Free Practice, followed by Qualifying the first race on Saturday, with the second race on Sunday directly before the 1000Kms Sportscar race. The races are scheduled as 1 hour duration, but due to the high speed nature of Monza, as a full-throttle circuit, the races will be cut to 50 minutes duration for reasons of fuel consumption.

-LGTRS

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Series GT
Drivers Michele Alboreto , Jean-Marc Gounon , Gerard Larrousse , Philippe Charriol