25.10.2023 – Imperiale Racing will hit the track next weekend in Imola with the goal of fighting for victory in the Pro-Am and Am classes of the 2023 Italian GT Sprint Championship.
The Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evo #54, driven by Dmitri Gvazava (KGZ) and Philippe Denes (USA), currently holds the second position in the standings. They will aim to accumulate as many points as possible to mount a comeback for the title. Closer to clinching the title in the AM class is the Lamborghini #16, to be driven by Massimo Ciglia (IT) and Giuseppe Fascicolo (IT). Simply finishing second in class in the first race would secure the title, as they were denied a victory due to a post-race penalty in the previous Mugello round.
The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, with its 4,909 meters, is one of Italy’s circuits with a rich history. It was inaugurated in 1953 and constructed on the banks of the Santerno river. It hosted the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and the San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006. Formula 1 returned to Imola in 2020, where the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is still held. Starting from the next year, the circuit will once again host the World Endurance Championship with the 6 Hours of Imola. The track is known for its predominantly fast corners and a relatively narrow strip of asphalt, making overtaking a challenging task.
Luca Del Grosso (Team Manager):
“We are heading to Imola to compete for both championships: the PRO-AM and the AM. We want to fight with all our determination to achieve a goal we have been pursuing since the beginning of the season, but we are aware it will not be easy. It is a pity we could not celebrate the AM class victory with a race to spare; we were so close, but a post-race penalty in Mugello postponed everything to the final round in Imola. We have good chances with both crews, but the number of competitors still in the running and the scoring system makes the outcome more unpredictable. We will do our best to make the result a reality on the track”.
Friday, October 27 > Free practice 11:00; Free practice 15:40
Saturday, October 28 > Qualifying 10:50; Qualifying 11:20; Race 1 at 16:20
Sunday, October 29 > Race 2 at 14:20
Pro-Am Drivers’ Classification | Round 3 of 4
1. Castro-Nurmi pt. 85
2. Denes-Gvazava pt. 73
3. Kelstrup-Sandrucci pt. 71
4. De Luca-Tamburini pt. 70
5. Mazzola-Coluccio pt. 57
AM Drivers’ Classification | Round 3 of 4
1. Ciglia-Fascicolo pt. 110
2. Magnoni-Bodellini pt. 80
3. Antonelli pt. 30
4. Acosta-Negri pt. 24
5. Pulcini pt. 12
Round 1: Misano, May 5-7
Round 2: Monza, June 23-25
Round 3: Mugello, September 29- October 1
Round 4: Imola, October 27-29