20.07.2020 – A good team-performance allowed Imperiale Racing to take the third place in the opening round of the Italian GT Endurance Series 2020 held this past weekend at the International Circuit of Mugello.
The Italian team fielded the #32 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo driven by 2020 official lineup Kikko Galbiati (ITA), Vito Postiglione (ITA) and Giovanni Venturini (ITA), that showed on track all their value in a tricky weekend.
Free practice on Friday produced mixed data, as the first session was on the wet and the second on the dry. The important data collected in testing has been very important to confirm the setup of the car and to find a good feeling both on the single lap and in the race pace. Drivers exchanged behind the wheel in the three qualifying sessions and the overall sum of the respective best times earned Imperiale Racing the fourth place on the starting grid with a combined time of 5’24.454s.
Imperiale Racing’s drivers put all their grit and resolution on track in the race aiming to the podium.
Postiglione started the race and installed himself in P3 early on attacking for P2 at the end of the first hour, but decided not to risk the overtaking move when the pit-stop window opened.
The great timing allowed Galbiati to rejoin in second place. The Italian driver kept the position wisely posting very interesting lap times in his first race in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo ran by Imperiale Racing.
Air and track temperatures changed in the last stint, and this did not help Venturini to fend off the attack of the BMW M6 GT3 of Alexander Sims (GBR) for P2. The driver of the Mirandola-based team continued with a great pace and posted the fastest time of the race for the #32 car crossing the finish line in P3, achieving, therefore, the target set ahead at the eve of the race.
Luca Del Grosso (Imperiale Racing – Team Manager):
“I am proud of this team. We completed a solid race getting the most of every phase. We understood that we lacked a bit of speed in qualifying, especially in some specific conditions and this was confirmed during the race. The work done during the tests has been fundamental and allowed us to get on track knowing our margin and potential, which has hugely contributed to our successful approach. We worked to get the podium, did our best and we have to be happy with this season opener. The return of Giovanni has helped us to get great feedback for the performance of the car, Vito drove in his own great style using all his experience and Kikko drove a fantastic stint: we are working for his growth in GT3 and the results are visible. We will keep working to get to Imola ready to be again among the front-runners”.
Campionato Italiano Gran Turismo Endurance | 2020 calendar
17-19 July| Mugello
28-30 August| Imola
18-20 September | Vallelunga
6-8 November | Monza