Month: April 2017

The Italian job, Pt.II

It was all about Lamborghini and Ferrari at the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup season premiere at Monza. On their homesoil, the Italian brands battled for victory, but it soon became clear that it would be Lamborghini taking the win. Bentley, for a short time, seemed like the only one able to mix it up with the Italians, until the British squad was penalized and then black flagged for its involvement in the enormous start crash. Photos by Miguel Bosch, Daniele Paglino and Davide...

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Mirko Bortolotti: Aiming high

For Mirko Bortolotti, his homeland victory in Monza was more than a sentimental win: It was the accumulation of years of dedication, the confirmation that the team is on the right track. Two seasons have gone by in which the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 often looked like the perfect racing machine, but never sustained the power at display over the long haul. Bortolotti has been part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse since its foray into GT3 territory and believes the time is now for the manufacturer to double down on its Monza win. “This win feels amazing,” a jubilant yet thoughtful Mirko Bortolotti says....

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Shattered dreams, Pt.II

The final preparation race before the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring was won by Phoenix Racing. The Meuspather team inherited the lead when the Traum-Motorsport SCG003C crashed out with a brake failure in the final hour. Audi’s customer team held off two Audi works teams and the Falken Porsche for its first win on 2017. Photos by Julian Schmidt and JP...

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Shattered dreams

The preparation race for the upcoming 24 Hours of the Nürburgring was held last weekend at the foot of the famous Nürburg. Two days of race action was given to the teams to test their cars one last time before the season highlight in May. Some rain, fog and cold temperatures on Saturday combined with cold weather and even some sun on Sunday made a perfect mix for one last rehearsal. With nearly hundred entries and a bunch of more 30 GT3 spec cars, everything was set for an interesting race. Becoming the first surprise of the weekend was the Scuderia Cameron...

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The Italian job

One quick pit stop was all Lamborghini needed to win the first race of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup season. As Mirko Bortolotti helped strap Andrea Caldarelli into the Lamborghini Huracán GT3, the Grasser Racing pit crew performed at the top of its game to service the green thoroughbred and sent it on its way out of the pits well in front of the SMP Racing Ferrari 488 GT3. Once the speed set in, no one could match the Austrian Lamborghini works squad at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Not even Italian compatriots Ferrari. Italian cars have always felt right at home in...

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