31.08.2021 – Imperiale Racing is about to resume its competitive activity on track after the summer break on the occasion of the Italian GT Sprint Championship that will run its round at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit of Imola this coming weekend.

The Italian team will field the two Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evo with a slightly revised drivers’ lineup compared to the first two rounds. The #63 car will be driven by Alex Frassineti (ITA) and Alberto di Folco (ITA), who will fill in for Luca Ghiotto as the latter will be busy on the track at Nürburgring for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS with Emil Frey Racing. The Pro-Am pairing of the #19 car has been confirmed instead and Mateo Llarena (GTM) will share driving duties with Stuart Middleton (GB) after the great podium of their category taken in Misano last June.

Three months after its latest round, the Sprint series will face the legendary circuit of Imola and its 4.909 meters that wrote epic pages in the history of motorsport since its opening in 1953. The current layout features the long straight leading from Rivazza all the way to the Tamburello chicane. This straight is not really straight though as it is slightly bending rightwards in what used to be the Variante Bassa and then leftwards after the pit exit. The Villeneuve chicane proceeds the Tosa up-hill left-hander that is followed by the tricky Piratella that has a blind exit and the very nice Acque Minerali complex, which is the most technical part of the circuit. The Variante Alta leads to the final down-hill section that proceeds another historic corner: the Rivazza.

The program will officially start on Friday with the two one-hour-long free practice sessions at local 12:00 and 16:10. Qualifying will be on Saturday and GT3 cars will get on track at 10:25 (Q1) and 11:15 (Q2). The two sessions will be run without GT Cup and GT4 cars on track and this should grant less traffic. Race one will get underway on Saturday afternoon at 18:00, while race two will be on Sunday at 15:00.

ACI Sport will show both races live on SKY’s channel 228 and in streaming on Facebook @acisporttv and @cigranturismo – these feeds will also be shared by @imperialeracing. RAI Sport (CH 58 FreeView) will show the racing event on Freeview with a schedule that will be published shortly on www.acisport.it/CIGT

Luca Del Grosso (Team Manager):
“This is going to be an exciting weekend and a crucial round for the championship. We are very happy that Alberto Di Folco joined Alex, Stuart, and Mateo within our Sprint team. We took the victory in the Super Trofeo with Alberto and Lamborghini Geneve in Monza at the beginning of the season, the third place in Pergusa and the nice victory in Mugello in the Endurance followed therefore I am pretty sure that also with Alex he will have the right feeling to aim to a strong result and to the title. I send my best of luck wishes to Luca Ghiotto who will be on track for this important chance in the GT World Challenge waiting to have him back for the closing round of the Sprint series in Mugello. I cannot deny that we expectations are growing for the #19 following the results in Misano and the tests done on the track and at the simulator”.

CIGT Sprint | Drivers classification
1. Crestani-Greco pt. 42; 2. Agostini-Ferrari pt. 34; 3. Mancinelli-Postiglione pt. 33; 3. Frassineti-Ghiotto pt. 33; 3. Bar-Segù pt. 33; 4. Cecotto-Perolini pt. 29

CIGT Sprint | Pro-Am Drivers classification
1. Cecotto-Perolini pt. 62; 2. Segù-Bar pt. 42; 3. Mann-Vilander pt. 39; 4. De Luca-Guidetti pt. 38; 5. Llarena pt. 32