Imperiale Racing have confirmed the signing of Andrea Amici, Alberto Di Folco, and Stuart Middleton for this year’s 19th edition of the Italian GT championship. This marks Di Folco and Amici’s return to the national series after both being absent for over half a decade, meanwhile Middleton is set for his championship debut.
27-year-old Amici joins the team after claiming third place in the Pro-Am class during last year’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series and has vast experience with the Sant’Agata Bolognese brand in which he has been racing with since 2012.
“I am really happy to be back with Imperiale Racing for the 2021 season in the Italian GT Endurance season and I’m looking forward in working with Alberto Di Folco and Stuart Middleton,” said Amici.
“I had a great season with the team in 2013, winning my first title in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe category. We will work hard to achieve a great result. I cannot wait to start!”
24-year-old Di Folco also makes his return to Imperiale Racing, having won the 2014 Pro-Am class with the team in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe Series. His skills behind the wheel make him one of the most prominent Lamborghini drivers, having been representing the brand continuously for the past seven years.
Throughout his career Di Folco has achieved impressive results such as placing third in the Pro class during the 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series and achieving a second-place finish in the Am class during the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa back in 2018. The Roman driver has also been seen participating in other racing series such as GT World Challenge Europe and the International GT Open championship.
Di Folco’s last appearance in the Italian GT championship dates back to 2016, a year in which he took two wins and two podium finishes.
“I am extremely happy to be back on track not only with a team but with a family,” commented Di Folco.
“Imperiale Racing was my first team and with them I got my first important victory, claiming the Lamborghini ST European Pro-Am championship with just two races left during that season. It’s an incredible team and a super competitive car!
“I’m sure that together with Andrea Amici and Stuart Middleton we will be able to repeat what we have done in the past. I can’t wait to get started!”
21-year-old Stuart Middleton, the youngest of the trio, joins Imperiale Racing for the first time and is set to make his GT3 debut.
The young British driver began his racing career in 2015, winning the Ginetta Junior Winter Series and placing second in the Ginetta Junior Championship the following year.
2017 was an important year for Middleton, claiming the British GT GT4 class championship in an HHC Motorsport-prepped Ginetta G55 GT4. In 2018 he took second place in the GT4 European Series Silver Cup class.
2019 saw Middleton make his Lamborghini debut, finishing third in the Super Trofeo Europe Pro class, while last year he came close to a podium championship finish in the Super Trofeo North American Series with Prestige Performance WTR.
“I’m thrilled to join the Imperiale Racing team for the 2021 Italian GT Endurance Championship. It will be an important step for me to move to the highly competitive GT3 category, continuing at the wheel of a Lamborghini.
“I am very grateful to the team and Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to start working with everyone. As a team I believe we can do great things this year. I know how competitive Imperiale Racing is given my experience in Super Trofeo in 2019 and having Andrea and Alberto as teammates is also perfect. They both really know how to drive! Let the season begin!”
The 2021 Italian GT season is set to kick off at Monza with its Sprint series rounds from 30 April-2 May.
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