03.06.2021 – The Italian GT Sprint 2021 Championship is gearing up for the second round of the season that will get underway this coming weekend at the Misano World Circuit and Imperiale Racing announced the pairings that will get on track in the Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evos after the great start in Monza. In the #63 Alex Frassineti (ITA) and Luca Ghiotto (ITA) will continue their quest for the PRO title, while Mateo Llarena (GTM) will share driving duties with Stuart Middleton (GB), who will make his debut in the Sprint series, in Pro-Am’s #19 challenger.
After the third place in Monza’s race one and the two podiums just missed in Pro-Am, the Mirandola-based team has very high expectations ahead of the round in Misano that will stage a slower challenge on a more technical circuit where a perfectly balanced car is needed to allow drivers to get the most of the potential of their Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 Evo. The 4.226 meters of the Misano World Circuit are dedicated to the memory of Marco Simoncelli and its layout features several slow but also some fast corners that break the rhythm and provide overtaking chances. The Variante del Parco, right after the start is one of such points, but also the Rio corner, the Carro and Misano promise spectacle, while engines will be full throttle in the mid part of the lap from the Tramonto to the Carro corners.
Alex Frassineti and Luca Ghiotto will get back on track in the #63 aiming to be the protagonists after the great start to the season. Frassineti does not need introductions and he won with Imperiale Racing the Endurance race in Misano back in 2019. Ghiotto will be at his maiden race with a GT3 on this circuit, that he already knows as he competed here at the beginning of his career taking several wins on Formula cars.
In the #19 car, the young Llarena will try and keep the momentum he had in Monza, where he surprised a lot of people with his precise and effective driving despite his very young age. The driver from Guatemala has been busy with an intense session at the simulator yesterday to prepare for the weekend, and will join forces with Stuart Middleton (GB), who is debuting in the Italian GT Sprint with Imperiale Racing after the great performance put in in the endurance race in Pergusa.
Due to the high number of cars on track, the schedule has been slightly revised. Free practice on Friday will take place at local 11:05 and 15:55, while qualifying will be shared by GT3 and GT4-GTCup. Imperiale Racing’s pairings will battle for the pole position with all the other GT3 cars at 10:00 (Q1) and at 10:35 (Q2). Race one will follow on Saturday afternoon at 18:20, while race two will be on Sunday at 15:10.
The races will be shown live by ACI Sport TV (CH 228 SKY), www.acisport.it/CIGT and on the Facebook @cigranturismo and @acisporttv pages. These will be shared also by @imperialeracing. RAI Sport (CH 58 FreeView) will also cover the event following a schedule that will be announced shortly on the website of the championship.
Luca Del Grosso (Team Manager):
“We need a good weekend and we are confident we have what it takes to get good points with both cars. We have two strong pairings and we start from a good baseline thanks to the data collected in Monza and in the test run here. We, therefore, are quite positive and ready for the weekend in Misano. The circuit is a technical one and we will need a great setup to get on track and fight for the pole position. Qualifying is going to be very important as a lot of cars will get on track and starting higher up the field will provide an advantage in the race. Our guys are motivated, I welcome Stuart to the Italian GT Sprint. He already competed in the Lamborghini Trofeo Europe in Misano and I believe he will find himself at ease since the beginning”.