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Lamborghini Set for Sebring GTD Pro Entry with TR3

Lamborghini motorsport boss confirms plans for second outing in GTD Pro class…

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Lamborghini is poised to be represented on the GTD Pro grid at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with a single factory-driven entry for Florida-based TR3 Racing.

The Head of Motorsport at Lamborghini, Giorgio Sanna, confirmed to Sportscar365 that TR3 will tackle the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season in mid-March off the back of its Rolex 24 at Daytona debut last weekend.

Andrea Caldarelli, Mirko Bortolotti and Marco Mapelli will form the driver lineup, bringing back three of the four members of TR3 Racing’s Rolex 24 operation.

It also replicates the lineup fielded by FFF Racing Team in last year’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, as part of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup season.

When its Daytona debut was announced last December, TR3 was previously only confirmed to enter the Rolex 24 but Sanna has outlined plans to extend the involvement by one race.

There is also interest to form a partial season program by contesting the other two Michelin Endurance Cup races at Watkins Glen and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

“In Pro we are looking to do Daytona and Sebring,” Sanna told Sportscar365.

“Those for us are the two most interesting and strategic races. Then we will evaluate if it will be possible to continue for Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans.

“But of course we have four other cars on the [Daytona] grid [in GTD] where a few of them will continue full-season or in the Endurance Cup.

“So the Pro car is just confirmed for Daytona and Sebring.”

GTD Pro outings in the shorter WeatherTech Championship races appear unlikely, however an Endurance Cup program could be initiated depending on schedules.

“Of course we have to evaluate many things and many commitments around the world,” said Sanna.

“We have to look to see if it will be possible from a drivers’ perspective, with all the clashes that we are to face, and all the programs that we have put in place.

“But if there will be the chance, it is something we will discuss in the next few months. For sure, we would take the opportunity to attend Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. We will see.”

Sanna described GTD Pro as “very interesting” for Lamborghini, which was unable to enter IMSA’s top GT category until this year because it did not have a car developed to the GTE regulations that were used by the now-retired GT Le Mans class.

“Since the first discussions with IMSA one year ago to create this new GTD Pro category, we were absolutely in favor because we are in favor of having a single GT category worldwide,” he said.

“Wherever you decide to race, we are happy to have only one GT category.

“Starting from this premises, we have a world card and I have to thank TR3 in America because were able to put in place together this program for Daytona and Sebring.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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