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Sep 05, 2021

The penultimate round of the European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship was held at the Nurburgring this weekend and VSR were present with two cars – Pro car number 6 and Pro-Am car number 16. At the wheel of the Pro car were Michael Dörrbecker and Mattia Michelotto whilst for this round Andrzej Lewandowski was joined by Edoardo Liberati in the Pro-Am car.

Dörrbecker started Saturday’s race from row six but a torrid qualifying session for the Pro-Am car saw Liberati line up at the back of the grid in thirtieth place. A super-charged opening lap saw him gain eleven places and as the race continued the Italian picked up on average one place every lap until he caught up to the battle of the front-running Pro-Am cars. Dörrbecker picked up two spots at the start and then ran comfortably in tenth until the pit window opened on lap ten. He pitted immediately to hand over to Michelotto whilst Liberati stayed out. His pace during the pit window was such that when Lewandowski took over the Pro-Am car on lap fourteen he rejoined in ninth place, second in Pro-Am. Behind him was Michelotto, holding off Zaruba and Pujeu. On lap twenty-two Zaruba found a way past Michelotto but Lewandowski had just enough speed to stay ahead and extend his Championship lead by a further two points.  

Qualifying for Sunday’s race was marred by a red flag halfway through the session and severe front end damage to the Pro-Am car. Lewandowski was able to complete the session and secured himself a spot on row ten whilst Michelotto qualified further up the field after setting the ninth fastest lap. A clean start saw Michelotto settle into eighth whilst Lewandowski picked up two places. The demise of Guzman on lap two with a puncture promoted both VSR cars up one place and on lap three Lewandowski passed Huilin for fifteenth. Michelotto scrapped with Pavlovic and Oostens before getting the better of the Dutch man and then pulling out a comfortable gap to Weering behind. On lap ten the pit window opened and Lewandowski was the first Pro-Am car to stop, handing over to Liberati. Three laps later Michelotto pitted and Dörrbecker took over the number 6 Huracán. On lap sixteen Liberati passed Leib and Sylvest to move into thirteenth and set about closing the gap on the rest of the Pro-Am field, twenty seconds further up the track. As the race moved into the final ten minutes he closed the gap to the battle for fourth in Pro-Am and was quick to pass both Matic and Formanek. A lap later and he was able to pass Lee for third in class meaning Lewandowski would celebrate his third European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro-Am title with a podium finish. Dörrbecker had a trouble free stint to bring the Pro car home in seventh overall.

Lewandowski now leads the Pro-Am standings by thirty-seven points giving him the title with one round left to go at Misano next month.