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Jul 03, 2022

Double Am class win and an overall podium for VSR at Misano

European Lamborghini Super Trofeo - Round 3, Misano 

VSR added a third Super Trofeo for their home race this weekend at Misano, fielding an Am entry for the reigning Pro-Am Champion Andrzej Lewandowski. The team’s two other Lamborghinis were driven by unchanged crews with D’Auria and Tribaudini pairing up in Pro and Colombini and Zonzini sharing the Pro-Am entry. All three cars showed promising pace in Friday’s free practice sessions, conducted in a torrid heat which continued throughout the weekend.

Qualifying for Saturday evening’s race saw Tribaudini, Lewandowski and Zonzini battle for space on the track crowded with thirty-five Huracáns. Two red flags disrupted the twenty minute session in which Zonzini claimed the Pro-Am pole and was fourth quickest overall. Tribaudini set the sixth fastest time just before the chequered flag fell and Lewandowski was the quickest Am. At the start Zonzini and Tribaudini maintained their starting places whilst Lewandowski was squeezed down to sixteenth. By lap three the Polish VSR driver was back in command of the Am class having passed Giannoni. As Spinelli pulled out a gap up front the next three runners were covered by just one and a half seconds with Pro-Am leader Zonzini running in fourth. Three seconds back Tribaudini was fighting for fifth with Teekens. The pit window opened on lap twelve and Tribaudini was the first to stop, handing the Pro car over to D’Auria. Three laps later Lewandowski pitted and Zonzini came in for Colombini just before the window closed. Colombini was running third, just ahead of D’Auria, and holding the Pro-Am lead when the Safety Car was called on to track. At the restart there were just seven minutes left of the race. Moretti started fast and managed to jump ahead of both D’Auria and Colombini. A lap later the two VSR cars swapped positions but in the final minutes of the race contact with a backmarker for Colombini left the San Marino driver stranded on track with a puncture. D’Auria took the flag in fourth overall, narrowly missing out on a podium and Lewandowski cruised to the Am class win.

D’Auria claimed a front row start for race two and Lewandowski once more took the Am pole, his best lap good enough for ninth fastest overall. Colombini qualified in thirteenth and was fourth quickest in Pro-Am. A three car crash at the first corner resulted in the Safety Car neutralising the race before one lap had been completed. The track went green after ten minutes and for the rest of his stint D’Auria battled to hold off Bonduel whilst staying in contact with leader Kodric. In eighth Lewandowski was attacking Pro points leader Weering whilst Colombini enjoyed a fierce battle with Gustavsen, Berlo and Lee. On lap ten the pit window opened and Colombini was the first to box. Zonzini took over the Pro-Am car and two laps later Lewandowski pitted. D’Auria stayed out until the end of the window and when Tribaudini got behind the wheel of the Pro car he was quickly able to take the lead of the race from Mur. The French VSR driver was several seconds clear of Spinelli in second when the Safety Car was called out again. Racing resumed with just under ten minutes left but with the field packed up Tribaudini’s advantage was lost. He held off Spinelli for a lap and then Bonduel sneaked past just before a multiple car crash called the Safety Car out for the third and final time. The red flagged race was not resumed and the final classification saw D’Auria and Tribaudini in third. Their third podium of the season leaves them third in class, just four points behind Bonduel. Lewandowski blitzed the Am field, finishing eighth overall and moving into the lead of the Am class Championship thanks to his perfect weekend of two pole positions and two victories. Zonzini took the line third in Pro-Am after a hard-fought fight back to the front after a drive through penalty for a pit-stop infringement knocked him down the order. A post-race penalty for a Safety Car procedure infringement robbed the San Marino car of a class podium but a points finish nevertheless leaves them fourth in class as the first half of the season draws to a close.

The next Lamborghini Super Trofeo race will be at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of July.