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Scholze, Wlazik Win Am World Final; Van der Horst Crowned Cup Champion

Philipp Wlazik and Florian Scholze claimed the Lamborghini World Final Am title at Imola…

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A fourth place run in Race 2 for Doerr Motorsport drivers Philipp Wlazik and Florian Scholze was enough to claim the Lamborghini World Final Am class championship, while Gerard Van der Host won the title in the Cup category.

Wlazik and Scholze won a wild Race 1 on Saturday and survived the mayhem of Race 2, earning enough points to beat ARC Bratislava driver Matej Konopka to the class title.

The race ended six minutes early due do a heavy crash involving Lamborghini Cup competitors Ryan Hardwick and JC Perez, who appeared to run wide in the second Rivazza then shot back across the track straight in to the unfortunate Hardwick.

The Race 2 polesitter had put in a masterful recovery drive back into the top ten overall after being spun in the first corner of the race and dropping to the back of the field, only to be caught up in the race-ending tangle.

The heavy accident prompted an immediate red flag, and the stewards promptly decided that the cleanup was too extensive to restart the race.

As a result, the running order reverted to the previous completed lap which promoted Perez back to the Cup class lead and win.

A fourth-place class finish by Van der Horst, paired with his Race 1 win, was enough to secure the championship.

Massimo Mantovani scored the overall win at Imola in the truncated race, while the pairing of Jenny Laurent and and Cyril Leimer are credited with second.

Sri Lankan television star Dilantha Malagamuwa completed the podium, followed by the championship pairing of Wlazik and Scholze, and World Final Am class runner-up Matej Konopka in fifth.

Hardwick was credited with second place in the Cup class, while Cameron Cassels finished third.

RESULTS: Race 2 (Am/LB Cup)

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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