The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the Adriatic coast of Italy will play host to the traditional season-ending Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals, as well as the final round of both the European and North American championships. Following a year on the sidelines – the 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid-19 – the World Finals returns with feverish anticipation, with the overall Pro and other class titles still very much up for grabs over the course of the weekend.
More than 60 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo cars will grace the Misano Adriatico circuit across the World Finals weekend, with a special event taking place as well dedicated to the brand-new Super Trofeo EVO2, debuting as a private preview on Lamborghini’s virtual championship The Real Race powered by powered by Assetto Corsa Competizione.
All to play for in Europe
In the European championship, the situation is still incredibly open in the Pro class standings, with Oregon Team’s Kevin Gilardoni and Leonardo Pulcini leading the way on 107 points, just Johan Kraan Motorsports’ Max Weering just eight points back following his impressive double victory at the Nüburgring – algonside Loris Spinelli. Weering will run as a solo entry for the Misano weekend, while last year’s vice champion Gilardoni will again be partnered by former single seater racer Pulcini. Leipert Motorsport’s Sebastian Balthasar is third in the standings, 24 points adrift of Gilardoni/Pulcini and is the outside bet for the championship. Glenn van Berlo and Raúl Guzman are still mathematically in contention to tie for the top spot but cannot win the title as they have yet to win a race this year, while Gilardoni/Pulcini sit on four victories.
In the Pro-Am category, VS Racing’s Andrzej Lewandowski is all but assured of the title, given his 22-point lead over season-long team-mate Karol Basz. Lewandowski will again team up with Nürburgring partner Edoardo Liberati and holds an unassailable margin over third-placed Bromek Formanek/Josef Zaruba (Micanek Motorsport ACCR). In stark contrast, the Am class is hotly contested and no fewer than five crews can pick up the crown in Misano. Claude-Yves Gosselin currently leads the way on 90 points, but just 20 separate the Frenchman and Oliver Freymuth, with a total of 32 points available over the weekend. In the Lamborghini Cup, it is realistically a battle between Imperiale Racing’s Hans Fabri and the Boutsen Ginion pairing of Pierre Feligioni and Daniel Waszkzinski, with a mere three points splitting the two crews. Fabri has more wins than Feligioni/Waszkzinski (four to three) but all that could change in the final two races of the year.
North America title battle heats up
Dream Racing’s Richard Antinucci remains in control of the North America Pro title race, taking a 13-point advantage over Change Racing’s Stevan McAleer into the final two races of the season. Both Antinucci and McAleer will be gunning for the championship themselves, though McAleer will benefit from once again being partnered by the experienced Dutchman Jeroen Mul.
Having dropped points in the previous round at Laguna Seca, O’Gara Motorsports/US RaceTronics duo Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson lie third in the standings on 96 points, just three ahead of Danny Formal and Kyle Marcelli (Wayne Taylor Racing). In the Pro-Am class, it’s almost a deal done for Precision Performance Motorsports’ Bryan Ortiz and Brandon Gdovic who need only to outscore their closest rival Victor Gomez IV (Change Racing) to be assured of the championship crown.
It’s a similar story in the Am category, where Luke Berkeley (Dream Racing) holds a 17-point cushion over Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ashton Harrison heading into the weekend. Berkeley has taken four victories this season so far to Harrison’s two, but the Misano circuit is one which neither driver has visited so it will all come down to who hits the ground running fastest in Italy. As for the Lamborghini Cup, just one points separates leader Change Racing’s Matt Dicken and the Precision Performance Motorsports duo of Mark Kvamme and Terry Olson, testimony of the to-and-fro title battle the two crews have endured throughout the year.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals in numbers
7 editions of the World Finals have taken place, with the inaugural race held at Vallelunga outside Rome
>17,000 laps have been completed across these seven editions. That’s more than 2 million kilometres!
47 nationalities have been represented in the World Finals since its inception, with Mexico and Luxembourg being added to the list this year
6 out 7 World Finals – Shota Abkhazava and Andrea Amici are the drivers who have contested the most World Finals, with Amici also completing the highest number of laps in history (246)