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Bortolotti Among Grasser Drivers as Team Finalizes Quartet

Grasser Racing Team unveils full DTM lineup with Bortolotti, Ineichan, Deledda joining…

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Grasser Racing Team has finalized its four-man driver lineup for the 2022 DTM season including Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory ace Mirko Bortolotti.

Rolf Ineichen, Alessio Deledda and the previously announced Clemens Schmid will also drive for the Austrian team as it fields a quartet of Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos.

Bortolotti made a one-off appearance with T3 Motorsport at Assen last season and claimed Lamborghini’s first-ever DTM podium in the opening race of the weekend.

The Italian is now set for his first full season in the German series, driving for the team with which he sealed the 2017 Blancpain GT Series title and represented in ADAC GT Masters last year.

The other three members of the Grasser driving squad are completely new to the DTM, although Ineichen and Schmid both have experience in Lamborghini machinery.

Deledda, meanwhile, is new to GT racing altogether as a single-seater graduate from the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The 27-year-old Italian, who started his racing career in motorcycles, has been signed as an official Squadra Corse junior ahead of his first campaign in sports cars.

“I’m extremely delighted to confirm our line-up for the 2022 DTM season,” commented GRT team principal Gottfried Grasser.

“It will be an exciting year for us as a team and I’m really proud to have Mirko and Rolf on board. They have been an integral part of our crew for many years and have been instrumental to some of our biggest successes.

“I’m proud of what we have achieved together and I can’t wait for what’s to come in the DTM.

“Alessio, on the other hand, is new to our team and we are just as much looking forward to see him grow and evolve as a driver in one of our cars. He is very committed and the DTM certainly is the right step for his career.

“With Clemens having been signed early on, we have a very competitive lineup at our disposal. We want to fight for podiums as soon as possible and I’m confident that we have everything in place to achieve this goal.”

It is understood that Lamborghini is set to be represented by two teams in the DTM, with T3 Motorsport expected to continue alongside the arriving Grasser squad.

Ahead of its DTM debut, Grasser appointed former series driver and race winner Manuel Reuter to a sporting director and team manager role.

“We are really looking forward to the upcoming season and working hard with GRT to start in the best way possible,” commented Lamborghini’s head of motorsport, Giorgio Sanna.

“DTM is a very popular and prestigious championship that involves the best automotive brands, high-level teams and very strong
drivers, and we are determined to fight for the top positions thanks to our winning Huracans, an experienced team like GRT and a talented driver lineup.”

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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