Target Racing's Kevin Rossel and Alberto di Folco drove a calculated race to claim their first Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe victory in the second race of the weekend at the Nürburgring. Starting third on the grid after Friday's second qualifying session, di Folco made a superb start to take second place ahead of Oregon Team's Dorian Boccolacci as the field crossed Turn 1 for the first time.
Kevin Rossel (Target Racing) said: “It was a really good race, but also quite difficult. The tires were pretty much done at the end, so it was about managing them and the gap we had for second place. We had a strategy for the start of the race, which was basically to take second place at the first corner. Alberto did a very good pass, which prepared us well for my stint. "
His teammate Alberto di Folco added: “Our car was very fast. We had a perfect strategy, and in my stint I tried to keep the gap on my pursuers. After the pit stop Kevin did a great job. "
Poleman Loris Spinelli (Van der Horst Motorsport) led the initial stages, gaining a five-second advantage over di Folco before the pitstop window opened 20 minutes after the start of the 50-minute race.
As di Folco progressed at the start, Leipert Motorsport’s Marcus Påverud fell one position to fifth in the first lap, edging out Target Racing’s Miloš Pavlović. After an eventful opening round, the pitch settled into its own rhythm as Spinelli led di Folco, Boccolacci, Pavlović and Påverud. Vincent Schwartz of Konrad Motorsport finished fifth after overtaking Patrick Liddy (GSM Racing).
Påverud was the first in the top group to make his mandatory pitstop when the window opened, as were Liddy and Andrzej Lewandowski of VS Racing. Despite a 1.041s penalty after the race for a pit stop violation, Rossel – who had succeeded di Folco as the three remaining leaders waited until the last minute from the pit window – had enough margin to claim a first Super Trofeo Victory.
Indeed, the main battle on the track was for second place, with Pavlović's teammate Raul Guzman successfully chasing Kevin Gilardoni. After trading with Boccolacci, Gilardoni couldn't quite match Rossel's pace up front but held firm against Guzman's pressure waves behind to stay second at the flag. It was Boccolacci and Gilardoni's first Super Trofeo podium, while Guzman and Pavlović scored even more valuable points for their championship assault.
Van der Horst returned to normal after the pit stop cycle was over, and the Dutchman pulled the car back to eighth, behind a Bonaldi Motorsport duo of Dean Stoneman and Kikko Galbiati. The winners of Race 1 started from the back of the grid following a driveshaft problem in qualifying, but Galbiati advanced early in the race, jumping seven places to finish 15th. Stoneman continued his good work and finished seventh overall and sixth in the Pro category.
VS Racing's Karol Basz claimed victory again in the Pro-Am class after a solid stint from Lewandowski. The Polish duo were 10th before the fastest Basz set the timesheets on fire with a typical second stint charge en route to sixth.
Massimo Mantovani supported his victory in the Race 1 category in the Am category with another in Race 2. The Target Racing driver also wanted to mix it up with those of the other categories and finished a sensational 12th overall, ahead of the 'Pro entry by Olli Kangas (VS Racing). Kangas finished a tough solo first weekend in the second VS Racing Huracán with two positive results. The Finn suffered an accident during Friday’s practice, causing bruises to his right ankle. Kangas crossed the pain barrier admirably, gaining more experience in Super Trofeo.
Unfortunately, due to problems in the opening race, the Micanek Motorsport ACCR car driven by Kurt Wagner and Libor Dvoracek failed to start race 2, meaning only two cars competed. the LB Cup. Martin Lechman and Emir Keserovic took the class victory for Konrad Motorsport ahead of Hans Fabri.
In the Pro standings, Pavlović and Guzman lead with 49 points, while Stoneman is just nine points behind in second. Di Folco and Rossel with their victory are only a point further from third place.
The next round of the championship will take place in Barcelona on the weekend of October 9-11, 2020.