Luca Ghiotto is set to make his Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup debut this weekend, standing in for his former FIA Formula 2 rival Jack Aitken at Emil Frey Racing.
Emil Frey has confirmed that Ghiotto is joining Konsta Lappalainen and Arthur Rougier in the No. 114 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo for the fourth round of the Endurance Cup season at the Nürburgring.
The Italian replaces Aitken who is continuing his recovery from injuries sustained in a major accident at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa one month ago.
Ghiotto finished 10th in last year’s F2 standings, four positions ahead of Aitken, while the pair finished the 2019 campaign in third and fifth.
Both drivers embarked on full-season sports car programs for the first time this year, with Ghiotto joining Lamborghini team Imperiale Racing in the Italian GT Championship.
Aitken opted to focus on dual GTWC Europe Endurance and Sprint Cup programs with fellow Huracan GT3 Evo operator Emil Frey.
Ghiotto made his sports car race debut in the 2019 Fuji 6 Hours, driving an LMP1-class Team LNT Ginetta. He was also slated to contest last year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour but his crew’s R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 crashed out in qualifying.
Ghiotto was signed up with R-Motorsport for the 2020 Endurance Cup season but did not take part in any races due to the Swiss team putting its racing activities on pause.
The 26-year-old’s GTWC Europe call-up means that he will miss this weekend’s third round of the Italian GT Sprint Championship at Imola.
Imperiale has confirmed that Alberto di Folco will take the Lamborghini GT3 Junior driver’s place for the Imola meeting.
The No. 114 Emil Frey Lamborghini will continue to compete in the Endurance Cup Pro class following Ghiotto’s inclusion. Rougier joined Lappalainen as Aitken’s replacement for the recent Brands Hatch Sprint round, causing the car to be allocated to Silver Cup.