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Nov 15, 2020
BASZ AND LEWANDOWSKI FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING SEASON WITH DOUBLE VICTORY AT PAUL RICARD For the final round of the 2020 European Super Trofeo Championship Andrzej Lewandowski and Karol Basz, already crowned Pro-Am Champions, were joined by Alessio Deledda making his GT debut. Changeable weather left the track dry for the first practice session and damp for second practice session as well as for qualifying, which took place in the dark. 

Basz lined up for the start of Saturday’s race on row four with Deledda one row back in tenth. On the first lap Basz made up two places, passing Weering and Balthasar to run in fifth whilst Deledda became immediately involved in a tight dice with Formanek. By lap three Basz was backing up a three-way dice for third place with Pavlovic and Cecotto which lasted until the pit window opened on lap ten. Deledda, having caught and passed Leimer, pitted immediately and rejoined the track just behind Zaruba. Basz pitted right at the end of the pit window and handed a healthy 45 second Pro-Am lead to team-mate Lewandowski. Whilst Lewandowski continued to mix it with the Pro drivers Deledda broke back into the top ten with a great pass on Zaruba on lap seventeen. Running in clean air until the end of the race Deledda showed good pace to lap as quickly as the leaders in the final laps and took the flag in ninth place. Lewandowski and Basz claimed yet another Pro-Am win and finished seventh overall. 

The final race of the season took place early on Sunday morning and the VSR cars lined up together on row six. Deledda made a flying start, gaining several places before a spin dropped him right to the back of the field. Lewandowski ran comfortably in tenth, third in Pro-Am, for his stint as Deledda pushed hard to rejoin the back of the field and on lap five began passing the slower cars. On lap ten the pit window opened and Lewandowski pitted straightaway so Basz could take over the Pro-Am car. Deledda came in a lap later whilst the leading Pro-Am cars waited until  just before the pit window closed before making their obligatory stops. Basz was quickly up to speed and his pace during the pit window allowed him to jump into the Pro-Am lead which he held easily until the end of the race, taking the chequered flag in seventh overall. Deledda’s march back through the field bought him as far as thirteenth place.

Basz and Lewandowski’s win was their eighth of the season and left them with an insurmountable lead of 44 points in the Pro-Am championship.  

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