The picturesque coastal circuit of Misano Adriatico plays host to the third round of the 2022 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe championship, with points leaders Max Weering and Loris Spinelli aiming to maintain their 100% winning streak at the start of the season this weekend.
Misano has long been a Super Trofeo favourite, having made its first appearance back in 2013. Since then, it has held a round for the last four years, including twice last year as part of the regular calendar and the season-ending World Finals. This season, Misano Adriatico celebrates its 50th anniversary as a racing venue, therefore adding additional significance.
As well as the increasingly competitive title battles outside the Pro class, this weekend will also mark the return to the championship for ex-MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa. The Grand Prix race winner will be making his second appearance in the Rexal FFF Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2, having contested his first-ever car race at Imola in April.
Leading the way in the overall Pro standings is Weering and Spinelli, who have proved utterly dominant this season so far with four wins from four, at Imola and Paul Ricard. As a result of their perfect start to the year, the Bonaldi Motorsport duo will be hot favourites to take another maximum points at Misano, especially as they seek to avenge the final round of 2021 where they missed out on the European title in the final race.
Second in the points and the first of a long line of drivers looking to take their first win of the season is Imperiale Racing’s Manuel Bejarano. The young Spanish driver is a model of consistency in 2022, after taking his third Pro class podium of the year in the second Paul Ricard race. Close behind in the standings but a crew desperately out of luck this year is Target Racing’s Milan Teekens and Marzio Moretti, who will no doubt be keen to take the fight to Weering and Spinelli in Italy. Two crews who impressed last time out at Paul Ricard are BDR Competition’s Amaury Bonduel and Arkadia Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet and Johan Boris Scheier. Bonduel finished third in the first race before a drivethrough penalty in the second prevented a double top three result.
While the Pro class title battle is something of a one-horse race, the same cannot be said about the other categories heading into the Misano weekend. It’s all to play for in Pro-Am, Am and Lamborghini Cup after an exciting two races in France.
Oregon Team’s Massimo Ciglia and Lewis Williamson lead the Pro-Am standings with 51 points, but are only three points clear of their rivals Oscar Lee and Dan Wells (Rexal FFF Racing Team). Target Racing’s Milan Petelet and Dmitry Gvazava are not out of the hunt either, as they lie third with 36 points, only two ahead of Imperiale Racing’s Emanuel Colombini and Emanuele Zonzini.
In the Am category, Leipert Motorsprt’s Gabriel Rindone holds a 11-point margin at the top of the standings, with Andrzej Lewandowski (VSR) in second and Stéphan Guerin (Arkadia Racing) in third. Further back, Raffaele Giannoni is fourth for Automobile Tricolore.
Just 13 points split the top four crews in the Lamborghini Cup standings heading into the Misano round, as triple class champion Gerard van der Horst leads the way with 47 points. Following their double win at Paul Ricard, Rexal FFF Racing Teams’ Donovan and Luciano Privitelio are just five points back in second but only four ahead of Imperiale Racing’s Hans Fabri. Boutsen Racing’s François Grimm is fourth, with 34 points.
The weekend’s action kicks off with free practice on Friday 1st July, with the first session scheduled to begin at 12:50 CEST, and the second at 20:10 CEST. Then it’s on to qualifying on Saturday 2nd July, which will start at 12:20 CEST. Race 1 will begin in the evening with a start time of 20:00 CEST. The second 50-minute race will take place on Sunday morning at 09:50 CEST. Race 1 and 2 will be live streamed on Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s YouTube channel.