Philipp Wlazik and Florian Scholze survived a wild Lamborghini World Final Am/LC Race 1 to pick up a hard-earned win for Doerr Motorsport at Imola.
The German pairing inherited the lead in the No. 69 Lamborghini Huracan after contact between Yuki Harata and Andrej Lewandowski eliminated the top-two cars from the race with twelve minutes remaining.
Harata led the bulk of the race from pole, but the series-mandated longer pit stop for solo drivers dropped him behind Lewandowski on the road after the Italian took over for co-driver Teodor Myszkowski.
Harata quickly tracked down Lewandowski but his overtaking attempt went wrong.
Contact between the two leaders eliminated Lewandowski’s VS Racing entry on the spot, and his stranded car brought out the third safety car period of the race.
Harata, meanwhile, was forced to retire a few minutes later due to an apparent puncture caused by the contact.
Scholze jumped to the top spot and held on for the final six minutes following the last restart of the race to earn the overall win.
ARC Bratislava’s Matej Konopka finished second, while Mario Cordoni completed the overall podium for GDL Racing.
Lamborghini Cup honors went to Gerard Van der Horst.
The race was marred by three safety car periods, including a five-car incident on the opening lap.
Race 2 for the Am and Lamborghini Cup competitors is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. local time Sunday morning.
RESULTS: AM/LC Race 1