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Oct 02, 2022

Class victory keeps Lewandowski in title race

European Lamborghini Super Trofeo - Round 5, Barcelona

After a two month break the European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship returned to the track for the penultimate round of the 2023 season at Barcelona. Friday’s free practice sessions were followed by two sessions of qualifying on Saturday morning. Both sessions were marred by red flags, FCY periods and multiple lap time deletions for track limits infringements. Top of the VSR drivers in the first session was Tribaudini who secured a place on the third row. He lined up just ahead of Zonzini who was the third quickest Pro-Am car. Lewandowski qualified eighteenth and was fourth in the Am class.

At the start Tribaudini made up one place and Lewandowski gained five to grab the lead of the Am class. A safety car on lap two stopped racing until just twelve minutes before the pit window was due to open. Tribaudini and Zonzini diced with Keilwitz for the remainder of their stints whilst Lewandowski swapped places with Wagner several times at the front of the Am field. On lap twelve Tribaudini pitted and D’Auria took over. He was followed in by Lewandowski and two laps later by Zonzini who handed the Eccentrica livered Pro-Am car to Colombini. As soon as the pit window closed the safety car was once more back on track, this time for a lengthy intervention that left the drivers with only two green laps before the chequered flag. D’Auria finished fourth, narrowly missing out on an overall podium whilst Lewandowski took his fourth Am class victory of the year and jumped back to the top of the standings. Heartbreak for Colombini saw the San Marino driver squeezed into a spin half a lap from the chequered flag when a Pro-Am podium looked a certainty.

For Sunday’s race D’Auria started from the fourth row, Colombini from row eleven and Lewandowski one row further back. At the start D’Auria was hit from behind and lost a place whilst both Colombini and Lewandowski gained places. The safety car came out on lap two and racing resumed after just under ten minutes. A technical problem caused by the first lap hit halted D’Auria at the restart and on lap ten the pit window opened and Colombini boxed for Zonzini. A lap later Lewandowski pitted and the closing of the pit window was immediately followed by a FCY period which led to the Safety Car coming back on to track. There were eight minutes left of the race when the green flag waved and Zonzini was quick to pass Ryba and claim second in Pro-Am. He went on to battle for the class lead with Basz but a post-race penalty demoted the San Marino pair to sixth in class in the final classification. Lewandowski jumped from third in Am to first during the final minutes of the race but his tussle with Leimer on the penultimate lap earned him a penalty which dropped him back to fourth place. He goes to the final round just one point behind the Am class leader Rindone.

VSR now heads to Portimao for the final round of the season and this year’s Grand Final.