Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia returns to China for double header season kick-off at the Shanghai International Circuit
Shanghai, China. (May 17, 2016) – Racing season is set to kick off for Lamborghini in Asia as drivers and teams prepare for the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series, starting May 21 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.
The world famous 5.45km Shanghai International Circuit is a repeat stop in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asian series, with the upcoming race weekend marking the eighth time the championship has visited the track since its 2011 debut. A feature of Formula One and MotoGP series, the SIC is renowned for its mix of long challenging curves, wide exits and the longest straight the current F1 circuit lineup, measuring in at 1.17km.
The Asia series, now in its fifth season, continues to grow year on year, with last year’s introduction of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo spurning fresh interest among both veteran and new racers. Along with repeat series contenders, the competition sees a number of new entries this year, including three new drivers from China. With 22 cars set to line up on the grid in Shanghai, drivers from eight nations across Asia will compete for the championship lead in a thrilling launch to the season.
The year marks a number of firsts for the championship; it is the first time the Huracán, Lamborghini’s newest purpose-built race car, will line up solo on the grid. In addition, two new tracks have been added to the Asia series roster, with a race at Suzuka in Japan on June 11-12 and Buriram in Thailand on July 23-24.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo adopts the same V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 horsepower. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics.
Racing in the series is divided into separate podiums, recognizing the breadth of talent in the Super Trofeo field. After each race, there is a podium for the top three finishers in Overall, Pro-Am and Amateur classes. The championship provides exciting action for professional and aspiring professional drivers alike.
There will be two 50-minute sprint races at the SIC. Round 1 will start at 11:35 am (CST) Sunday, May 22, with Round 2 the same day at 16:55 pm. Qualifying begins at 13:45 pm on Saturday May 21.
The 2016 Asia series features 12 rounds spread over six race weekends, all at iconic circuits. The first five events will showcase some of the best tracks in Asia. The sixth event and final two rounds of the season will be at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, where following the conclusion of the Asian races, the Super Trofeo Asia, Europe and North America series will converge in a world final to battle for the right claim a spot on the global podium.
Lamborghini and dealers entertain VIP guests at every stop of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series, with premier hospitality and fine Italian dining.