GT Cup Open Europe, Round 1
LEWANDOWSKI DOMINATES GT CUP OPEN EUROPE SEASON OPENER
May 16, 2021
VSR entered one of their Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo cars in the opening round of the GT Cup Open Europe which took place this weekend at Paul Ricard. Poland’s Andrzej Lewandowski raced the car alone in the Am class.
Qualifying for Saturday’s race took place on Friday evening and Lewandowski set the fourth fastest time overall and took the Am class pole. He held fourth at the start of the race but was quickly put under pressure by the Porsches of Navarete and Pisani behind him. On lap four Navarete found a way past and and for the next five laps Lewandowski battled with Pisani as the two caught up to Blazek in fourth. On lap ten the pit window opened and on his in lap Lewandowski was passed by Pisani before pulling off an audacious move to re-pass Pisani and overtake Blazek. He pitted from fourth and when the pit window closed was leading the Am class with three Pro-Am cars ahead of him. A lap later Klingelnberg spun out of the lead of the race and an error dropped Dametko down the field leaving Lewandowski in second overall. By lap eighteen he was the fastest man on track and when the chequered flag came out had closed the gap to the leading Porsche of Liswoski to just five seconds.
On a damp and slippery track Lewandowski qualified second fastest for Sunday’s race, once more the fastest Am driver and out-qualifying all but one of the Pro drivers. At the start he lost out to Lisowski but held the Am class lead and ran comfortably in third until the pit window opened on lap twelve. A lap later he pitted for his obligatory stop and, despite a ten second success handicap from Saturday’s Am class victory, managed to move into second place overall during the pit window. On lap twenty he passed Gillion for the overall lead and easily pulled out a safe margin to the rest of the field taking the chequered flag sixteen seconds ahead of the Aston Martin.
Lewandowski will be back in action at Paul Ricard in two week’s time for round two of the European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship.