Mateo Llarena has been named a GT3 Junior factory driver by Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the 2021 season.
The renowned Italian brand, Lamborghini, has unveiled its list of GT3 Junior Factory drivers including the 17-year-old Llarena. An invitation to the program is reserved for the most outstanding drivers competing in a GT3 championship with Lamborghini. The drivers that are selected are given unfettered access to the Automobili Lamborghini Motorsport department as well as the option to work with the staff throughout the season. Guidance is provided by Squadra Corse driving coaches who monitor their results and performances. The drivers are trained to become well-rounded professionals through on-track support, physical training, and media exercises.
In conjunction with his newfound GT3 Junior factory driver duties, Llarena will contest a full season of the Italian Gran Turismo championship onboard one of Imperiale Racings’ Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO.
The invitation to compete with Imperiale Racing is not one to be taken for granted. By accepting, Llarena is assigned to one of the oldest and most well-established Lamborghini teams in Europe. Imperiale Racing has been a key player in Lamborghini Squadra Corse´s conception working for more than a decade and remains closely linked through Imperiale Group Consortium to the manufacturing and painting of Lamborghini streetcars, particularly custom orders and limited editions.
The redesigned machine was released for use in the 2020 race season with a focus on upgraded aerodynamics and suspension. It won almost all of its debut races across the globe marking it as the car to have for 2021.
The countdown is now on for Llarena, Imperiale Racing, and its must-have stead. The Italian Gran Turismo Championship is one of the most competitive in the world featuring eight races at Italies top tracks. Each weekend consists of two 50-minute sprint races following a single-driver format.
Next up is Italian Gran Turismo Sprint Round 3 at Imola, September 5. Llarena enters the weekend riding the momentum of his pro-am class podium at Misano World Circuit. With factory support and training, the 17-year-old is set to once more make a splash on the international stage.
Llarena will also continue to partake in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup with Performance Tech Motorsports in the No. 38 Ligier JS P320. He and the team have already completed two of the four events with the next round taking place at Watkins Glen International Raceway, June 24-27