25.08.2020 – Engines of the Italian GT Endurance 2020 Championship are about to switch on again and Imperiale Racing is ready to get on track at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit of Imola for the second round of the season.
The Mirandola-based team will field a new drivers’ lineup behind the wheel of the #32 Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evo: Kikko Galbiati (ITA) and Giovanni Venturini (ITA) will share driving duties with Alex Frassineti (ITA), who will wear Imperiale Racing’s colors again after last year’s participation in the Italian GT Endurance championship. The experienced Frassineti won the Italian Championship in 2017 and has been competing on GT cars since 2007. Over the years he refined his driving technique taking some victories in the most prestigious International competitions.
After the summer break, the race in Imola will mark the halfway point of the season for the Endurance series that has already seen Imperiale Racing getting on the podium in Mugello. Summer temperatures will be a crucial factor also on the Santerno’s benches in one of the most beautiful and complete circuits in Italy.
Measuring 4.909 meters, the circuit in Imola will be hosting Formula 1 again this year. The long start/finish straight virtually starts at the exit of the Rivazza corner. The first sector includes the Tamburello and Villeneuve corners, but the first braking point is actually at the Tosa left-hander. The fast Piratella has a blind exit in the downhill section leading to the Acque Minerali chicane, which is the most technical part of the lap. The narrow Variante Alta breaks the rhythm before the legendary Rivazza that is split in two.
The challenge will kick off with two free practice sessions on Friday at 12:10 and 17:30. The closing free practice session will take place on Saturday at 12:00, while the three qualifying sessions will be at 18:30 (Q1), 18:55 (Q2) and 19:20 (Q3). The race will get green lights on Sunday at 15:50.
The race and qualifying will be available in live streaming from www.acisport.it/CIGT, Facebook @CIGranTurismo and will be shared by the official page @ImperialeRacing. TV broadcasts will be managed by RAI Sport (CH 58 Freeview) and MS Motor TV (CH 228 SKY).
Luca Del Grosso (Imperiale Racing – Team Manager):
“Imola is a stunning circuit and the challenge will be quite hard. We competed here a few weeks ago in the GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS, which has been a positive experience that allowed us to gather some data for the setup therefore we are positive to be among the protagonists also in this second round of the Endurance series. With four races in the calendar the margin for error is quite small, therefore our goal is to complete a high-level performance on all aspects: performance, strategy and race pace. I am happy to welcome Alex back to our team. I am sure he will find a great feeling with Kikko and Giovanni”.