The young drivers Rik Breukers and Axcil Jefferies have had a rewarding weekend, with brilliant results during all sessions, except for Race 1 where they went faultlessly out of the race due to a contact at the first corner. Race 2, which took place on Saturday, February 11th at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, saw the triumph of the crew of the Huracan Super Trofeo # 7 fielded by GDL Racing. Both PRO drivers managed to score the victory thanks to a very fast race pace and a perfect conduct.
After starting from the pole position thanks to the best time set during qualifying, the eighteen-year-old Rik Breukers, member of the Lamborghini Young Drivers Program, had immediately to hand over the first position to Marco Antonelli, author of a calibrated overtaking at the first corner and winner of Race 1 on Friday. But after six laps at a qualifying pace for both drivers, Breukers made his way and regained the lead.
When the pit-lane was opened for the driver change, the Huracan #7 of GDL Racing got in immediately and Axcil Jefferies took over the wheel from Rik Breukers, while Marco Antonelli exploited the entire time window to try and leave the car to David Roda in an optimal position.
After the driver change, the twenty-two-year-old driver coming from the GP2 Series, Axcil Jefferies, continued leading the race, with a very fast and steady pace. Davide Roda managed to keep the second position until the end of the race, thus stemming the comeback of the Huracan # 27 of Bertuzzi and Farmer (GDL Racing, PRO-AM), who finished in third position.
The PRO class saw the victory of the duo of GDL Racing Breukers-Jefferies and behind them, in second and third position respectively (5th and 7th overall), the two crews of FFF Racing Team by ACM: the first one was formed by the American Richard Goddard and the nineteen-year-old German female driver Carrie Schreiner; the second crew consisted of the English Jack Bartholomew (author of the fastest lap) and the Indian Parth Ghorpade, all at their first experience in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo.
In the PRO-AM class, Costantino Bertuzzi and Nigel Farmer scored their second win after that obtained in Race 1 on Friday, thanks to a fast and steady pace maintained throughout the weekend. Behind them are Paul Scheuschner and Hendrik Still (Konrad Motorsport), already in P2 in Race 1, and the duo of GT3 Poland, Mikrut and Moczulski.
The AM class saw another success of Antonelli and Roda, constantly on the podium, while in second position there are Andrew Haryanto (GDL Racing) and Lewandowski-Myszkowski (GT3 Poland).
In the Lamborghini Cup category, the Italian Gabriele Murroni (Petri Corse), at his debut on the track, scored a double victory during the weekend.
Rik Breukers – GDL Racing n. 7 (first overall and first in PRO class): “At the start, I preferred to take no risks and leave the P1 to Antonelli. But after a few laps, during which I had been keeping his pace, I managed to find a gap to regain the first position.”
Axcil Jefferies – GDL Racing n. 7 (first overall and first in PRO class): “Yesterday was definetely not a good day, after the contact at the first corner, but today we are very happy. Rik did an amazing stint and I tried to keep a steady and fast pace, which allowed us to win.”
Nigel Farmer – GDL Racing n. 27 (first in the PRO-AM class with Costantino Bertuzzi): “Fantastic! Two victories during my first weekend of the Super Trofeo Middle East! Costantino was fantastic and I enjoyed the race very much. The Huracan is incredible and high-performing and the whole atmosphere is also very friendly. ”
Davide Roda – Antonelli Motorsport n. 72 (first in the AM class with Marco Antonelli): “The race went very well today, since we started from the first row. Marco did a great stint and gave me the car in a great position. It was hard to keep the pace of Breukers and Jefferies, but I think I managed the race well and so we got another podium. ”
After the inaugural race at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, the second round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East will take place at the Dubai Autodrome on February 16-18.