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Bonduel Completes Weekend Sweep on Home Soil

Amaury Bonduel wins twice in front of home crowd; half points awarded for red-flagged second race…

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Amaury Bonduel grabbed the championship lead in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe by sweeping the weekend and winning twice on home soil at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Belgian driver delivered a pair of race wins in his No. 28 BDR Competition by Grupo Prom Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 as the Italian manufacturer’s one-make series formed part of the support bill of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

After already storming to victory at the second race of the season at Imola last month, Bonduel added to his win tally with a last-lap pass to take victory during the first of two races on Friday evening.

Bonduel started from pole position but had to fend off a challenge from the No 6. Vincenzo Sospiri Racing machine of Mattia Michelotto.

Michelotto’s bid for the lead appeared to come to an end when he skated across the fringes of the gravel trap and dropped back after attempting to pass Bonduel at Les Combes, only to be aided by the emergence of the safety car.

The timing of the safety car allowed Michelotto’s newly installed co-driver Gilles Stadsbader to leapfrog Bonduel in the pits, only for both to be jumped by the No. 15 Real Villorba Corse Lamborghini of Benedetto Strignano.

After Bonduel got by Stadsbader, another safety car set up a last-lap duel for the win that concluded with Bonduel passing Strignano around the outside at Bruxelles.

Strignano and Alberto di Folco finished second, while Jesse Salmenautio passed Stadsbader to secure the final podium spot for himself and Iron Lynx teammate Giorgio Amati.

Stadsbader, meanwhile, got caught up in a late-race incident with Egor Orudzhev and Edgar Maloigne that allowed the Target Racing duo of Largim Ali and Oliver Soederstroem to vault up three places to finish fourth.

Boutsen VDS duo Roee Meyuhas and Renaud Kuppens took victory from pole position in Pro-Am, with the Am and LB Cup victories going the way of Stephane Tribaudini and Piergiacomo Randazzo and GT3 Poland’s Holger Harmsen, respectively.

The second race on Sunday was then curtailed as the result of a mid-race red flag that resulted in only half points being awarded.

An incident between the the No. 54 Brutal Fish Racing Team Lamborghini of Charlie Martin and ASR’s Alessio Ruffini initially led to a safety car, after which the call was made to stop the race due to safety reasons.

Because the race clock could not be stopped during the red flag period, organizers did not have sufficient time to reform the full grid for the restart.

As a result, Bonduel was declared the overall winner with half points awarded, while the Vincenzo Sospiri Racing pairing of Andrea Frassineti and Ignazio Zanon won Pro-Am.

Schumacher CLRT driver Stephan Guerin was named the winner in the Am class, while the No. 32 ASR Lamborghini of Paolo Biglieri and Petar Matic picked up the LB Cup win.

The third round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe season will take place as part of the support package for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the series will celebrate the 200th race in championship history.

RESULTS: Race 1/Race 2

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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