05.09.2022 – A victory and two AM podiums are the hauls of Imperiale Racing’s weekend at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit of Imola. The team confirmed its value in relaunching its presence in the fight for the Italian GT Sprint 2022 Championship.

The Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evo #6 and #9 respectively driven by Alberto di Folco (ITA), Stuart Middleton (GB) in PRO and Paul August (LTU) in AM displayed great competitiveness and have been pushed by the grit of the whole team and by the drivers’ performance as they were resolute to leave the circuit of the Santerno with a strong result.

Following a fruitful double session of free practice in which the team has refined the setup of the cars, Middleton posted the third fastest time in 1’41.578s in Q1, while Di Folco completed his best lap after 1’41.133s, earning the second spot on the starting grid.

August also put in a strong performance ending Q1 in fourth place of AM (1’45.561s) before sensibly improving his time in Q2 when a 1’44.208s qualified the car in third place of AM, which was just outside the overall top ten.

In race one Middleton got the most of all his chances taking P2 early into the race in the #6 car. A safety car right before the opening of the pit window then voided all the gaps and allowed Imperiale Racing’s driver to close in on the leader. Di Folco rejoined the track in the lead and managed well the advantage securing the second win of the season after that taken in Monza. He also set the fastest lap of the race at the penultimate lap.

August’s performance was remarkable and his recovery deserved a round of applause. Started from P4 in AM, P21 overall, the driver from Lithuania always kept a good pace and recovered up to overall P11, which was P3 in AM. This result allowed him to finally take a deserved podium that he just missed on three occasions in Monza and Misano.

The second race of the #6 car has been quite tricky due to the 15s time handicap following the victory in race one. Di Folco kept himself in a podium position until the pit stop when cards have obviously been reshuffled. Middleton managed well his way through the lapped cars in the second stint avoiding all the risks and ending fourth, close to the podium and scoring important points that allow his co-equiper to stay in the drivers’ title fight when only the closing race has to be run.

August put in another strong performance himself in the #9 car. He kept improving his pace and growing in his maiden season in the Italian GT. The driver from Lithuania ended again on the podium in P2 of his class, which was P14 overall.

Luca Del Grosso (Team Manager)
“This has been a nearly perfect weekend. The whole team and drivers gave their best and we completed a very solid performance. Our main goal was to stay in the title fight with the #6 car and we did exactly that thanks to the great races of Alberto and Stuart. The classification is short, considering the mandatory discards, and we will head to Mugello well aware that we have what it takes and we will try until the last lap. I am very happy about Paul’s growth: he is in the first season in this championship and has displayed constant improvements race after race. This double podium shows that he is on the right path. We will get on track with the Endurance lineups in the next few days as we aim to continue our crescendo of results there too”.

The closing round of the Italian GT Sprint Championship will be in Mugello next October 20-23.

Drivers’ classification | Round 3 of 4
1. Guidetti-Moncini pt. 69
2. Di Amato-Urcera pt. 64
3. Glock-Klingmann pt. 63
4. Galbiati pt. 61
5. Di Folco pt. 55

2022 Calendar
Round 1: Monza – April 21-24
Round 2: Misano – June 2-5
Round 3: Imola – September 1-4
Round 4: Mugello – October 20-23