PRESS RELEASE: 31st October 2021
PERFECT WEEKEND FOR BASZ AND MICHELOTTO WHO TAKE LAMBORGHINI WORLD TITLE
Oct 31, 2021
VSR dominates – Basz & Michelotto World Champions
European Lamborghini Super Trofeo, World Final - Misano
Misano hosted the season finale of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship this weekend. VSR fielded a Pro car for Karol Basz and Mattia Michelotto whilst Andrzej Lewandowski, this season’s Pro-Am Champion, raced alone in Am and Prabakaran ran in LB Cup.
Michelotto took his first pole of the season and lined up on the front row for Saturday’s Pro and Pro-Am race. A perfect start saw him retain the lead and he immediately pulled away from the field, establishing a two second gap to Kroes and Antinucci as they squabbled over second. Ten minutes into the race the gap was doubled to four seconds and when the pit window opened on lap fourteen Michelotto had a five second advantage. A lap later Michelotto pitted and Basz took over the lead of the race. Setting fastest lap along the way Basz cruised to an easy victory.
Lewandowski started the first Am and LB Cup race from the first row and Prabakaran from row thirteen. At the start Lewandowski slipped back to third which soon became second when Missig speared off the circuit. The crash called the Safety Car out for four laps and Lewandowski ran in Ciglia’s wheel tracks until the pit window opened. Prabakaran pitted first and then Lewandowski followed him in. He exited just behind Gomez and ahead of Harrison and became embroiled in a battle with the American which would last until the chequered flag. A penalty for contact put Lewandowski done in fifth in the final classification whilst Prabakaran scored points in LB Cup, finishing eighth in class.
The fastest time in the Pro and Pro-Am Q2 for Basz meant that VSR started from the pole for both races. A perfect getaway by Basz quickly became a two second lead but when Gilardo and Weering collided the Safety Car was called out and he had to do it all again. After losing eleven minutes of racing the field was freed again on lap six and Basz was immediately on it, setting fastest lap of the race on his way to building up a four second lead over Antinucci by the time the pit window opened. He pitted at the half way point and Michelotto took over the race lead. A faultless drive saw him extend his lead to eleven seconds as he romped to victory and the World Championship for himself Basz and the VSR team.
In a super-close final qualifying session for the Am and LB Cup cars Lewandowski set the third fastest time, missing out on pole by just 0.096 seconds. When the lights went green he got ahead of Rindone but the Italian ran wide, cutting the corner to retain the lead. Prabakaran started from row thirteen and gained two places on the opening lap. After five minutes Lewandowski had resumed the battle with Gomez started in race one but a technical problem with the car forced him to retire. After a brief safety car the track went green again just before the pit window opened. Prabakaran came straight in and ran a trouble free stint to the chequered flag, setting his fastest lap of the weekend along the way and finishing sixth out of ten LB Cup runners.