Lamborghini Squadra Corse has unveiled the latest intake of drivers into its Young Driver and GT3 Junior programs for the 2021 season.
A total of 19 Young Drivers and 15 GT3 Junior Drivers has been announced, making it the most comprehensive development program in GT racing.
The Young Drivers Program is dedicated to drivers under 26 engaged in Lamborghini Super Trofeo championships; the GT3 Junior Program is the next step, reserved to drivers racing in the GT championships worldwide behind the wheel of the Huracán GT3 Evo.
A key element of the racing division of Automobili Lamborghini, the brand’s youngster programs have provided up-and-coming drivers a tangible career path not only into the world of GT racing since 2014, but also as Lamborghini works drivers and instructors.
Led by Raffaele Giammaria, the youngsters programs offers a complete package for young talent, from media management to on-track instruction: the project supports drivers in professional and personal growth, through the program, young drivers are taught how to increase their technical knowledge, both on the track and off it without neglecting physical preparation.
The most impressive drivers within the programs will be invited to participate in a final selection shoot-out held at the end of the year in Italy: the drivers will be evaluated in a two-day full-immersion session featuring physical training, attitude and driving skills including a kart training with the partnership of DR Racing Kart.
The drivers of each program who impress the selection panel the most during the evaluation will go on to receive official support from Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the 2021 season.
Winner of the Lamborghini Young Drivers Assessment in 2020, Raúl Guzman cements his place in the Young Driver Program again this season as the talented Mexican targets title success in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe with Target Racing.
This year’s YDP intake features drivers from the European and North American Super Trofeo championships, following the temporary amalgamation of the Asian championship into the China GT Championship this season. Super Trofeo Europe accounts for 13 of the 19 drivers in the program, with a further six coming from North America.
Divided into two parts, the Young Driver Program members are selected by Giammaria and observed throughout the season by their respective Lamborghini championships before being assessed at the end of the year.
International GT Open drivers Yuki Nemoto Michele Beretta and Baptiste Moulin are part of the GT3 Junior Driver program this season, alongside Super Trofeo graduates Kikko Galbiati, Andrea Amici and Taylor Proto. Lamborghini newcomers Luca Ghiotto and Arthur Rougier join up-and-coming GT3 drivers Stuart Middleton, Frederik Schandorff and Jonathan Cecotto.
Also making the list are 24H Series drivers Brendon Leitch and Tyler Cooke, while ADAC GT Masters teammates Tim Zimmermann and Steijn Schothorst return for another year in the program
The GT3 Juniors will also be monitored throughout the season and assessed at the end of the year, with the possibility of moving up to the Lamborghini factory driver program, following the same path of Giacomo Altoè and Sandy Mitchell who both completed the journey from Young Driver to factory driver, successfully competing in the Super Trofeo and winning championships like International GT Open and British GT.
2021 Lamborghini Young Driver Program
Steven Agakhani (USA)
Sebastian Balthasar (Germany)
Luke Berkeley (USA)
Glenn van Berlo (The Netherands)
Andrea Cola (Italy)
Jacob Eidson (USA)
Raul Guzman (Mexico)
Danny Formal (USA)
Ashton Harrison (USA)
Mattia Michelotto (Italy)
Maxime Oosten (The Netherlands)
Daan Pijl (The Netherlands)
Guillem Pujeu (Spain)
Leonardo Pulcini (Italy)
Kevin Rossel (Denmark)
Giano Taurino (USA)
Milan Teekens (The Netherlands)
Noha Watt (Denmark)
Max Weering (The Netherlands)
2021 Lamborghini GT3 Junior Program
Andrea Amici (Italy) — Italian GT
Michele Beretta (Italy) — International GT Open
Jonathan Cecotto (Venezuela) — Italian GT
Tyler Cooke (USA) — 24H Series
Kikko Galbiati (Italy) — GTWC Europe
Luca Ghiotto (Italy) — Italian GT
Brendon Leitch (New Zealand) — 24H Series
Mateo Llarena (Guatemala) — Italian GT
Stuart Middleton (UK) — Italian GT
Baptiste Moulin (Belgium) — International GT Open
Yuki Nemoto (Japan) — International GT Open
Arthur Rougier (France) — GTWC Europe
Frederik Schandorff (Denmark) — International GT Open
Steijn Schothorst (The Netherlands) — ADAC GT Masters
Tim Zimmermann (Germany) — ADAC GT Masters