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Nov 19, 2023

Am class joy as Anapoli and Randazzo take second at World Final

European Lamborghini Super Trofeo – World Final, Vallelunga

VSR’s season concluded with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final at Vallelunga. The fields were separated with the Pro and Pro-Am cars running together and the Am and LB Cups in a separate group.

Anapoli qualified on the second row for the first of the Am races and fell back to fifth at the start. After a short Safety Car at the start of the race he got involved in a battle with Hoffman and was then busy holding off Biglieri until her pitted on lap fifteen for Randazzo. After another Safety Car Randazzo was running fourth having passed Slimp. After a third Safety Car racing resumed with two laps to go. Randazzo swapped places several times with Slimp before getting the better of the American and taking the flag in third place.

With forty-four cars on track the Pro qualifying session was all about traffic. Petrov was the best of the VSR cars in Q1, earning himself a place on the fourth row. Michelotto was back on row seven and Lewandowski was the tenth fastest Pro-Am car. Chaos ruled at the start and Michelotto was spun around and dropped back to the rear of the field as Petrov gained two places and Lewandowski dropped back thirteenth in class. Michelotto began his charge through the field, setting fastest lap along the way until the Safety Car was called out just before the pit window opened. It remained out throughout the window and Michelotto was the first to stop, handing over to Stadsbader who exited the pits just as the Race Director decided to close the exit, an action which would result in a Drive Through penalty. Everyone else pitted the lap after and with an over crowded pit lane both VSR cars lost time. Petrov fell out of the Pro points and Spinelli took over the 16 car in thirty-second place. By the time the flag fell he had managed to fifteenth, fourth in Pro-Am.

Randazzo started the second Am race from row three and maintained his place despite pressure from Madsen. On lap thirteen the pit window opened and Randazzo came in for Anapoli. Passing Kwon and Moczulski Anapoli ran third until an off from Rindone moved him up into second. A Safety Car then closed up the field but Anapoli hung on to second place to claim second in the World Final for himself and Randazzo.

For the final race of the Vallelunga event Spinelli claimed a front row spot, beaten to the pole by Schandorff whose best lap was just 0.024 seconds quicker than the VSR’s driver’s time. Petrov qualified well once again, lining up on row four with Stadsbader on row thirteen. After a Safety Car right at the start racing resumed with eight minutes to go before the pit window opened. Spinelli ran second behind Schandorff and Petrov had moved up to sixth passing Leitch. The first VSR car to stop was Petrov, followed by Stadsbader for Michelotto and then Spinelli who gave the 16 to Lewandowski. When the window closed it was Au and Lewandowski up front. The two Am’s kept their advantage until another Safety Car closed up the field. At the restart there were three laps to go. On the penultimate lap the Pro cars caught up to Au and Lewandowski and started passing them. In the final lap melee Lewandowski was tapped into a spin by Michelotto who had recovered to sixth during his stint. Petrov took the flag in fourth place, the best placed VSR car.