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Bumper Grid for Super Trofeo Europe Season Opener

More than 50 cars set to assemble as Super Trofeo Europe joins FIA WEC support package for the first time…

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A bumper grid of more than 50 entries is set to assemble when Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe joins the FIA World Endurance Championship support package for the first time at Imola this weekend.

The pair of races will kick off the 16th season for the Italian marque’s European single-make championship, returning to Imola after a one-year absence.

It coincides with the the European debut of the Lamborghini SC63 LMDh car, which will compete in the WEC’s Hypercar class during the six-hour race on Sunday.

While last year’s champion Brendon Leitch has stepped up to GT3 racing and will not defend his crown, the Pro field is headlined by the runner-up duo of Mattia Michelotto and Gilles Stadsbader.

The Italo-Belgian pairing returns with Vincenzo Sospiri Racing, while Leipert Motorsport has enlisted a returning Sebastian Balthasar and Jacob Riegel.

Other notable names in the class include last year’s World Finals winner Amaury Bonduel, returning as a solo entry with BDR Competition with GrupoProm, as well as Hampus Ericsson – brother of Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus.

Ericsson will race with Target Racing as a solo entrant, with the team’s second car driven by Largim Ali and Oliver Soederstroem.

Iron Lynx, in addition to its duties in the 6 Hours of Imola, will field three Pro entries as part of a five-car Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 fleet.

Pavel Lefterov and Stefan Bostandjiev form an all-Bulgarian lineup aboard the No. 41 car, with Jesse Salmenautio and Giorgio Amati teaming up aboard the No. 42 machine. Edgar Maloigne and Georgi Dimitrov, meanwhile, share the No. 43 Lamborghini.

Series stalwarts Oregon Team also returns, with a pair of cars for Paul Levet and Laszlo Toth and Leonardo Caligioni and Enzo Geraci, respectively.

In the Pro-Am class, defending champion Andrzej Lewandowski willl team up with son Adrian but will face competition from Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS racer Roee Meyuhas, who shares a Boutsen VDS-entered Lamborghini with Renaud Kuppens.

A fourth Iron Lynx entry, meanwhile, will see Claude-Yves Gosselin team up with teenager Joran Leneutre.

The Am-class field is notably headlined by the American duo of Anthony McIntosh and Glenn McGee, who share a Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini.

The pairing will dovetail their title defense in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, where they compete with Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, with a full season in Europe.

Reigning LB Cup champions Donovan and Luciano Privitelio have moved to Rexal Villorba Corse for their title defense, while Iron Lynx has recruited British racer John Seale in a solo entry.

The championship has implemented a change in qualifying format for the opening round in order to ease traffic on track, grouping Pro and Pro-Am and Am and LB Cup together in a pair of separate, 10-minute sessions.

The opening race of the weekend is set to start Saturday at 5:40 p.m. CEST (11:40 a.m. EDT), with a second race set for Sunday at 9:45 a.m. CEST (3:45 a.m. EDT).

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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