PRESS RELEASE: 29th October 2021
EUROPEAN SEASON ENDS WITH DöRRBECKER, MICHELOTTO, BASZ AND LEWANDOWSKI ALL ON THE MISANO PODIUM
Oct 29, 2021
European Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Round 6 - Misano
The 2021 season continued successfully for VSR in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Finals. The team’s three cars ran with unchanged driver line-ups for the final two races of the European Championship with Dörrbecker and Michelotto once again pairing up in Pro, newly crowned Pro-Am Champion Lewandowski racing with Basz and Prabakaran returning in LB Cup.
Basz took a front row start and Pro-Am class pole for Friday’s first race and Michelotto lined up just behind him in fourth. Prabakaran completed the grid qualifying sixth in LB Cup. At the start Michelotto slipped down to sixth and spent his entire stint battling to pass Oosten. Up front Basz held second and in LB Cup Prabakaran gained a spot, passing Muczulski. The driver change window opened on lap thirteen and Prabakaran was amongst the first to enter the pit lane for the obligatory stop. Three laps later Michelotto pitted and Dörrbecker took over the car. On lap eighteen Basz pitted and gave the Pro-Am leading car to Lewandowski. The Pole held off the Pro cars battling over the top spots for several laps before Guzman, Pijl and Teekens got the better of him. Dörrbecker was running in sixth and was one of the fastest men on track when a technical issue forced him to pit with just a handful of laps left. On lap twenty-six Weering pitted from the race lead with a puncture and then damage to Guzman’s car handed Lewandowski another place leaving the VSR driver third overall at the flag and comfortably the victor in Pro-Am. Prabakaran took the chequered flag fourth in LB Cup, narrowly missing out on a podium.
Qualifying for the final race of the season was red-flagged at the halfway point and the delay meant the session finished in the dark. In the tricky conditions Dörrbecker qualified on row seven, Lewandowski on row nine and Prabakaran on the seventeenth row. Both Dörrbecker and Lewandowski gained some places in the first few laps and by the time the pit window opened on lap thirteen Lewandowski was fourth in Pro-Am and thirteenth overall. Basz took over the car as soon as the window opened and two laps later Michelotto replaced Dörrbecker behind the wheel of the number 6 car. Prabakaran was the last to stop, pitting just before the pit window closed. The Safety Car was then called out to neutralise the race while Gvazava was pulled from the gravel. The track went green with ten minutes of racing left. Basz effortlessly passed the Pro-Am cars ahead of him to take the class lead and settled in behind Michelotto as the pair relentlessly caught the leading group. With three minutes left they both passed Rossel and then Galbiati and where in the perfect position to take advantage of the leading cars tripping over each other on the final lap. With incidents for Van Berlo and Morris as well as Spinelli and Giraldoni the VSR cars took the flag in second and third overall. Prabakaran finished sixth in LB Cup.
The racing continues this weekend with the World Finals event in which VSR will field a Pro car for Basz and Michelotto, an Am car for Lewandowski and an LB Cup for Prabakaran.