08.06.2021 – Imperiale Racing had a challenging but very exciting weekend at the Misano World Circuit at the second round of the Italian GT Sprint 2021 Championship.

The Mirandola-based team confirmed the motivation shown in Monza with both cars sliding in the fight for the top of the overall and Pro-Am classifications. Alex Frassineti (ITA) and Luca Ghiotto (ITA) shared driving duties in the #63 Lamborghini Huracàn, as did Mateo Llarena (GUA) and Stuart Middleton (GB) in the #19 challenger in Pro-Am.

Qualifying sessions have been very tight with very short gaps. Frassineti drove the #63 to the eighth place in Q1 with his best lap completed in 1’32.278s, while Ghiotto was ninth in Q2 posting a best lap of 1’32.611s. Middleton was third in Pro-Am and eleventh overall in Q1 (1’32.820s), while the very young Llarena posted his best time in the second session in 1’33.795s, which was seventeenth overall and sixth of Pro-Am.

Race one was completely dry and very intense. Frassineti started pushing hard and recovered several places in his stint with a positive progression. Ghiotto – at his second race on a Lamborghini car – managed to interpret at best a circuit in which he only competed on formula cars at the restart after the safety car. The pairing ended their effort at the feet of the podium in fourth place.

Race two saw again the two Imperiale Racing’s drivers completing an exciting recovery. Ghiotto drove through the first stint on humid tarmac, and showed all his class. He started climbing up and Frassineti kept the momentum engaging, after the safety car, in a duel with Cecotto (Lamborghini) and Crestani (Ferrari), eventually ending fourth again.

In Pro-Am, the #19 challenger had a difficult race with Middleton and Llarena exchanging behind the wheels in the order. The pairing managed to avoid all the contacts that could have complicated their race and ended in twelfth place, which was the fifth of Pro-Am.

Race two was definitely different and Llarena and Middleton put in exciting performances. The young driver from Guatemala drove the car during a difficult first stint on the tarmac that was getting wetter and wetter, showing driving skills and grit at his second race on a GT3 car. Middleton completed a solid recovery race thanks also to the perfect pit strategy and extraordinary lap times. The pairing finished sixth overall and third in Pro-Am.

Luca Del Grosso (Team Manager):
“This weekend has been unpredictable at times, especially in race two which required a lot of focus both in the car and pits. Honestly we had the potential to get the podium in both races with the #63 car, therefore I am a bit disappointed for not getting it. The guys did a great job, Luca and Alex fought well in both races, Mateo and Stuart had a good feeling from the beginning and they were very quick. Classification-wise, we will need to capitalize all the chances we are going to get in the next two races because the classification is quite compact and discarded results will be the key. We managed well the pressure connected to taking decisions in a few seconds, we have been competitive on the wet and on the dry, which gives us great motivation for the remainder of the season”.

CIGT Sprint | Drivers Standings
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 Standings
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