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Jun 20, 2021

Basz & Lewandowski extend Pro-Am Championship lead

European Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Round 3

Zandvoort hosted the third round of the 2021 European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship this weekend and VSR took an unchanged driver line-up to The Netherlands. The Pro car bearing the number 6 was driven by Michael Dörrbecker and Mattia Michelotto, the number 16 Pro-Am car by Karol Basz and Andrzej Lewandowski and Kumar Prabakaran piloted the number 23 LB Cup Huracán.

After mixed weather for Friday’s free practice sessions it was dry on Saturday morning for Qualifying. Basz, Michelotto and Prabakaran headed out for the first session which was interrupted by two Full Course Yellow periods. Basz once again took the Pro-Am pole setting a time good enough for fourth fastest overall. Michelotto earned himself a place on row four and Prabakaran was fourth fastest in LB Cup. A scrappy start saw Basz slip to fifth with Michelotto and Prabakaran holding station. The status quo continued for eight laps until the Safety Car was deployed on lap nine to recover Pijl’s car from the gravel. The track went green again just as the pit window opened. Prabakaran made his stop immediately and two laps later Michelotto pitted to hand the Pro car over to Dörrbecker. Basz remained out until just before the window closed allowing Lewandowski to take over the Pro-Am class lead with twenty minutes left on the clock. A technical issue forced the Pole to pit again as the race entered the final minutes and as a result he took the flag fourth in class. Dorrbecker finished sixth, just over a second behind Van Berlo and having held off a late race charge from Galbiati. Prabakaran finished fourth in LB Cup. 

The second qualifying session was marred by a lengthy Full Course Yellow which ended with just four minutes of track time left. Dorrbecker managed to jump up to sixth quickest just as the chequered flag came out while Lewandowski qualified fifth in Pro-Am and Prabakaran was fourth fastest in LB Cup once more. A drive through penalty for Galbiati at the start of the race bumped all the VSR drivers up one place as the field ran without significant variation for the first stint. The pit window opened on lap thirteen and Lewandowski was the first car to stop, pitting from sixth in class for Basz to take over. A lap later Dörrbecker spun out of fifth and was unable to get out of the sand. The Safety Car was called out and the rest of the field, including Prabakaran, pitted to the disadvantage of Basz who fell down to eighteenth overall, seventh in Pro-Am. Racing resumed as the pit window closed and Basz immediately set about the herculean task of moving through the field. On the first green flag lap he claimed four places and by lap twenty was running in twelfth. A lap later and he was up to ninth, second in Pro-Am with a three second gap to Formanek holding the class lead. It took the VSR driver a further two laps to close up and pass the Micanek car and he took the flag in eighth overall having charged to the front of the Pro-Am field and extended the Championship lead for himself and Lewandowski to fourteen points. Prabakaran just missed out on an LB Cup podium finishing fourth in class. 

The Super Trofeo Championship now takes a break until the end of July when the Spa-Francorchamps circuit will host the fourth round of the series.