Leonardo Pulcini and Arthur Rougier have been granted support from the Lamborghini factory racing department in GT3 next year after standing out in a recent shootout for the manufacturer’s Young Driver and GT3 Junior program members.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe champion Pulcini will receive official backing during the 2022 International GT Open season when he suits up to drive a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo run by Oregon Team, which is moving up from single-make competition.
Rougier, meanwhile, is due to receive the same level of support in ADAC GT Masters with Emil Frey Racing, which is joining the German championship after spending the last two years in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.
Rougier drove for Emil Frey Racing full-time in GTWC Europe Endurance Cup this year and won the affiliated Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series with the Swiss team.
Lamborghini recently held a shootout at Vallelunga for the members of its Young Driver and GT3 Junior initiatives who stood out during the 2021 season.
The assessment included trials behind the wheel of Lamborghini’s GT3 model and the new Huracan Super Trofeo EVO 2, as well as teamwork and engineering tasks.
“Once again this year the level of the participants in our young talent programs was extremely high,” said Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini Head of Motorsport.
“It wasn’t easy for Raffaele [Giammaria, Young Driver and GT3 program coordinator] to choose the best drivers. Leo and Arthur showed that they don’t just have a talent for driving, but also the right mindset and determination to pursue a professional career.
“Our aim is to give them the tools to be competitive and help them as much as possible on their development path, both on and off the track.”
The aim of the Lamborghini Young Driver and GT3 Junior programs is to identify potential future factory drivers, however no members of the current 2021 crop have been announced as such after the Vallelunga shootout.
Lamborghini has yet to announce its updated factory driver lineup for next year.
The young driver initiatives involved a mid-season workshop at Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, for physical evaluations, cryochamber sessions and psychometric tests.
In addition to awarding official support to Pulcini and Rougier, Lamborghini commended the shootout performance of Lamborghini Super Trofeo world champion Mattia Michelotto who is confirmed to drive for Vincenzo Sospiri Racing in Italian GT.