06.06.2019 – An exciting challenge is ahead for Imperiale Racing that will be busy on track at the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps for the third round of International GT Open 2019 this coming weekend.
The Italian team will return to the championship in which it has been the protagonist of the past two editions taking two teams’ titles in a row in 2017 and 2018 and the drivers’ title in 2017. In this occasion, Imperiale Racing will field the #34 Lamborghini Hurac├án GT3 driven, for the first time, by Adrian Amstutz (CH) and Patrick Kujala (FIN) in Pro-Am, that has already been a successful pairing on Lamborghini.
Adrian Amstutz, class 1973, started his sporting career in 2012 shining in two important endurance races like the 24 Hours of Barcelona and the 24 Hours of Dubai where he won A6-Pro in 2014. The debut on Lamborghini happened in 2015 with a great third place in Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Pro-Am. Besides the results obtained with Kujala, the Swiss driver ended the past season with a splendid win in Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Am, series in which this year he already claimed two wins and a second place in the initial three races.
The 23 years old Patrick Kujala made his debut on Lamborghini in 2015 in what was his first experience on closed wheels after the successful years of karting and formulas. The Finn driver won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo PRO at the debut, while in 2017 he was third in the Lamborghini World Finals and second in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Pro-Am. In this season he will also compete in Porsche Carrera Cup Italia, series in which he already took two wins and one pole position.
Amstutz and Kujala have already shared driving duties on several occasions achieving important results. In 2016 they won, in fact, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Pro-Am and last year the Total 24 Hours of Spa in AM Cup. This year they raced together in the 24H Series European Championship class A6 taking P2 at Mugello.
In this important occasion, Imperiale Racing will run again on the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. These 7.004 meters are full of motorsport’s history and passion. The start will take place, as in the case of Formula One, in the short straight proceeding the La Source hairpin. The descent leading to the Eau Rouge and Radillon is legendary and is followed by the long Kemmel Straight and the Les Combes chicane. The mid sector is more technical up to the Stavelot corner that opens the closing sector that includes the long and fast Blanchimont and the closing chicane.
Two free practice sessions will open the weekend on Friday at 11:00 and 14:55 (GMT+2). Q1 will define the starting order of race one on Saturday at 11:20, while the race will get underway at 16:45 and will last 70 minutes. Q2 will be on Sunday at 10:35, while the second race – this time 60 minutes long – will start at 15:05.
The two races will be available through the live streaming feed with English or Italian commentary from www.gtopen.net, while the social pages of Imperiale Racing (@imperialeracing) will follow the performance of the #34 pairing.