Lamborghini Squadra Corse has confirmed its continuing commitment to supporting promising youngsters in motorsport, with its 2016 GT3 Junior Program.
Launched in 2015, it is the official program of Lamborghini’s racing department, with the aim of supporting young drivers along a development path to experience the main GT races worldwide.
The 2016 edition of the GT3 Junior Program has developed to include 19 drivers (eight in 2015), 13 of whom come from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, thus taking the leap from the wheel of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo to the Lamborghini Huracán GT3.
All drivers will take part in major 2016 GT championships with the Huracán GT3, a car which enjoying successful sales and has given Lamborghini Squadra Corse the opportunity of increasing its GT3 Junior Program squad.
Drivers selected by Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the year 2016:
Patrick Kujala FIN 20 Adac GT Master
Florian Spengler DE 28 Adac GT Master
Michele Beretta ITA 22 Blancpain GT Series
Jeroen Mul NL 26 Blancpain GT Series/Italiano GT
Patric Niederhauser CH 25 Blancpain GT Series
Nici Pohler DE 22 Blancpain GT Series
Max Van Splunteren NL 20 Blancpain GT Series
Luca Stolz DE 22 Blancpain GT Series
Daniel Zampieri ITA 26 Blancpain GT Series
Riccardo Agostini ITA 22 Campionato Italiano GT
Alberto Di Folco ITA 20 Campionato Italiano GT
Alex Frassineti ITA 29 Campionato Italiano GT
Andrea Amici ITA 23 GT Asia Series
Edoardo Liberati ITA 24 GT Asia Series
Richard Antinucci USA 35 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Corey Lewis USA 24 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Edoardo Piscopo ITA 28 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli MC 27 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Key Cozzolino JP 29 Super GT/GT300 (TBC)
Besides participating in competitions, the GT3 Junior Program drivers are committed to taking part in the Huracán GT3’s development, contributing to its constant technical improvement. Test sessions during 2016 in Vallelunga will allow young drivers the opportunity to work closely with Squadra Corse staff, ranging from technicians to GT3 factory drivers whose list includes Fabio Babini, Mirko Bortolotti, Giovanni Venturini and Adrian Zaugg.
The GT3 Junior Program is the next step to Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s Young Drivers’ Program, for drivers under 26 wanting to develop in motorsport. The shortlist of names for the year 2016 will be announced in May.
Youth programs are a source of pride for Lamborghini Squadra Corse, as Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport, is keen to stress:
“As Lamborghini Squadra Corse we have a strong commi tment to supporting young promise in the world of Gran Turismo. The suc cessful sales we have been experiencing with the Huracán GT3 this year have gi ven us the opportunity to support a larger number of drivers. We are very pr oud that we have 13 drivers from our 2015 Super Trofeo series who are going to participate in the world’s most important GT championships supported by Squadr a Corse, which means our youth program is working exactly the way we wanted.”
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