• 14-MAY-2018

  • SOURCE: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Squadra Corse Announces Drivers of 2018 Youngster Programs

Lamborghini Youngster Drivers
Lamborghini Squadra Corse is continuing to invest in Motorsport promises with the fifth edition of youth programs. The Young Drivers Program and the GT3 Junior Program, established in 2014, have enabled many talented drivers to pursue a professional career in Motorsport. Some of them, after racing in the Super Trofeo one-make series, have fulfilled their dream of becoming Lamborghini Squadra Corse Factory Drivers, while others have managed to win the 24 Hours of Daytona.
 
In the 2018 season, Lamborghini Squadra Corse will offer this opportunity to 46 drivers, divided as follows: 21 participants in the Young Drivers Program (for drivers under 26 competing in the Super Trofeo one-make series) and 25 members of the GT3 Junior Program (for youngsters racing in GT championships with the Huracán GT3), the latter program is becoming increasingly extensive because of the growing number of Lamborghinis competing in the various GT3 series worldwide.
 
The young drivers will have the opportunity to access the heart of the Motorsport department of Automobili Lamborghini, thanks to a constant collaboration and interaction with the Lamborghini Squadra Corse staff.
 
The participants in the Young Drivers Program, many of whom are at their first experience in the world of competitions, will be involved in a specific training that includes testing and development activities with the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo, athletic preparation with the supervision of professional trainers, theoretical lessons on Lamborghini products and communication.
 
Starting from this year, the members of the GT3 Junior Program, on the other hand, will be significantly more involved in the development of racing cars. Their participation in the tests conducted by Lamborghini Squadra Corse is fundamental both for the drivers, in order to increase their experience, and for the technical department, which is thus able to gather a greater amount of useful information to improve the car components. In addition, this year a sophisticated driving simulator will be installed in the R&D department of Lamborghini Squadra Corse and also in this case the GT3 Junior Drivers will gain virtual experience to be then transferred into the reality of races.
 
Last but not least, the most deserving participants in the youth programs of Lamborghini Squadra Corse will be offered an additional opportunity, that is, to become instructors for Accademia, the official Lamborghini driving school. For many drivers, given their young age, this would be their first work and a valid life experience at the same time.
 
As for the drivers participating in the two youth programs of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, this year the Young Drivers Program is enriched with 11 new entries out of a total of 21 drivers: from the Finns Puhakka and Helistekangas to the Dane Schandorff, from the Russian Boguslavisky to the French De Narda, not to mention Pull (UK), Muscat (Australia) and Vettel (Germany). Italy is instead represented by  the seventeen-year-old Giacomo Altoé and Francesca Linossi, the second female representative in the program together with the nineteen-year-old German Carrie Schreiner.
 
Below is the complete list of the participants in the Young Drivers Program
 
Name
Country
Age
Super Trofeo
Championship
Team
Arthur Janosz
Poland
24
Asia
FFF Racing
Ben Gersekowski
Australia
25
Asia
Leipert Motorsport
Brandon Gdovic
USA
26
North America
PPM
Carrie Schreiner
Germany
19
Europe
Konrad Motorsport
Fabian Vettel
Germany
19
Europe
Konrad Motorsport
Francesca Linossi
Italy
26
Europe
Iron Lynx Motorsport
Frederik Schandorff
Denmark
21
Europe
Leipert Motorsport
Giacomo Altoé
Italy
17
Europe
Antonelli Motorsport
Jack Bartholomew
UK
19
Europe
FFF Racing
James Pull
UK
18
Europe
Bonaldi Motorsport
Joffrey De Narda
France
22
Europe
Antonelli Motorsport
John-Louis Jasper
Germany
23
Europe
Leipert Motorsport
Juuso Puhakka
Finland
19
Asia
Leipert Motorsport
Karol Basz
Poland
26
Europe
Imperiale Racing
Kikko Galbiati
Italy
19
Europe
Antonelli Motorsport
Loris Spinelli
Italy
23
Europe/USA
Antonelli Motorsport
P1 Motorsport
Lucas Mauron
Switzerland
19
Europe
MSG Motorsport
Marko Helistekangas
Finland
23
Europe
Leipert Motorsport
Richard Muscat
Australia
25
Asia
Leipert Motorsport
Taylor Proto
UK
20
North America
Us RaceTronics
Timur Boguslavskiy
Russia
18
Europe
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With regard to the GT3 Junior Program, 25 drivers have been admitted to the program, a large number related to the amount of Lamborghini Huracán GT3s (over 50) racing in the various GT championships around the world. Many drivers from last year’s edition have been reconfirmed, such as the Italians Michele Beretta and Alex Frassineti Italian GT champions 2017, Riccardo Agostini  winner of the Super Trofeo North America 2017, the Americans Corey Lewis and Madison Snow, who won the 12 Hours of Sebring last March, not to mention the Dutchman Rik Breukers, who won the 24 Hours of Daytona last January, the Dane Dennis Lind, who, after being the best in last year’s shoot-out, is now racing in the Blancpain GT Series Asia with the economic support of Lamborghini and Jonathan Cecotto, who has been promoted from the Young Drivers Program to the GT3 Junior Program because he resulted the best among the drivers of the YDP 2017. Then, there are the new talents such as Toby Sowery, Andrea Rizzoli, Romain Monti, Loris Hezemans and Sandy Mitchell, who are all taking part in the Blancpain GT Series with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3s of several customer teams.
 
Here is the complete list of the participants in the GT3 Junior Program
 
Name
Country
Age
Championship
Team
Riccardo Agostini
Italy
24
International GT Open
Imperiale Racing
Lorenzo Veglia
Italy
21
Italian GT Championship
Antonelli Motorsport
Andrea Amici
Italy
25
Super Trofeo Asia
FFF Racing
Michele Beretta
Italy
23
Blancpain GT Series
ADAC GT Masters
Barwell Motorsport
Team Rosberg
Fabrizio Crestani
Italy
30
Blancpain GT Series
International GT Open
Team Lazarus
Alex Frassineti
Italy
30
Blancpain GT Series
Ombra Racing
Martin Kodric
Croatia
20
Blancpain GT Series
Blancpain GT Series Asia
Barwell Motorsport
FFF Racing Team
Patrick Kujala
Finland
21
British GT
Barwell Motorsport
Corey Lewis
USA
25
IMSA WeatherTech
Paul Miller Racing
Dennis Lind
Denmark
25
Blancpain GT Series Asia Super Trofeo Europe
FFF Racing Team
Target Racing
Kang Ling
China
20
International GT Open
Vincenzo Sospiri Racing
Jeroen Mul
Holland
27
International GT Open
Imperiale Racing
Ezequiel Perez Companc
Argentina
23
Blancpain GT Series
ADAC GT Masters
Grasser Racing Team
Madison Snow
USA
23
IMSA WeatherTech
Paul Miller Racing
Toby Sowery
UK
21
International GT Open
Team Lazarus
Alex Jiatong Liang
China
25
International GT Open
Imperiale Racing
Rik Breukers
Holland
19
International GT Open
Super Trofeo Europe
Imperiale Racing
GDL Racing
Nicolas Costa
Brazil
26
International GT Open
Vincenzo Sospiri Racing
Andrea Rizzoli
Italy
32
Blancpain GT Series
Ombra Racing
Romain Monti
France
27
Blancpain GT Series
Ombra Racing
Loris Hezemans
Belgium
20
Blancpain GT Series Sprint
Grasser Racing Team
Sandy Mitchell
UK
18
Blancpain GT Series
Barwell Motorsport
Martin Vedel
Denmark
26
Italian GT Championship
Antonelli Motorsport
Alberto di Folco
Italy
22
International GT Open
Target Racing
Jonathan Cecotto
Venezuela
18
Super Trofeo
North America
Wayne Taylor Racing