05.07.2021 – An important win rewarded Imperiale Racing’s efforts at the International Circuit of Mugello last weekend on the occasion of the second round of the Italian GT Endurance 2021 Championship.

After the third place scored in Pergusa, Andrea Amici (ITA), Alberto Di Folco (ITA) and Stuart Middleton (GB) reached the Tuscan circuit resolute to get another important result behind the wheel of the #63 Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evo in the Italian Endurance Championship that is very exciting and competitive this year.

During the three free practice sessions the team worked on the race pace and tyres management, which is a key aspect on this demanding circuit. In qualifying the drivers managed to get the most of the new tyres and Amici was eleventh in Q1 with a best lap of 1’47.894s, while Di Folco was the fastest of Q2 in 1’46.749s. The combination of the two times allowed Middleton to complete a strong qualifying in Q3 posting the seventh fastest time (1’47.092s), which earned Imperiale Racing the second place on the starting grid with the combined time of 5’21.735s.

Middleton started the race and found his way past the two Audi R8 LMS at the San Donato corner taking the lead. The British driver kept it also after the safety car neutralization period defending his position all the way to the pit-stop. The central part of the race, after the 5s handicap time served due to the podium scored in Pergusa, saw Amici recovering from P11 up to P4 thanks to several spectacular overtaking moves in poor grip conditions, as he was using slick tyres despite the falling rain. Di Folco resumed the race from P5 after the final pit-stop and managed the low grip conditions very well, recovering some further ground as the circuit was getting wetter. The Italian crossed the finish line in second place behind the #14 Audi R8 LMS, which was later on handed a penalty that allowed Imperiale Racing’s lineup to get an amazing win.

Luca Del Grosso:
“I am really very satisfied. We proved that grit and determination produce great results as a team. The whole team did a great job despite the handicap time we had to serve. We managed the most delicate moments of the race very well and made the right choices. Endurance races are always unpredictable but the guys on track drove very well and I believe this result rewards us for our efforts and motivates us for the remainder of the season. I want to congratulate our rivals as they put on a great fight today”.

The next appointment with the CIGT Endurance will be next September 17th – 19th at the Piero Taruffi Circuit of Vallelunga.