Beijing, China. (June 7, 2016) – The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series is soon set to return to Japan for round two of the 2016 championship. In a break from tradition, the drivers and teams will head to the world famous Suzuka circuit for the first time in the series’ history. Suzuka, an iconic Japanese racetrack, is one of only a few circuits in the world with a figure 8 layout, featuring an overpass leading to the 1.2km back straight.
Previously a staple of Moto GP racing and a repeat stop in the F1 timetable, the Suzuka circuit located in Mie Prefecture began its life as a Honda test track in 1962. Measuring in at 5.82km, the track is not only the longest in this season’s lineup, but the circuit is also recognised by F1 drivers and fans as one of the most enjoyed in the championship, with an illustrious history of hosting numerous Japanese Grand Prix races. Thanks to the many exciting motorsport events held at the location, Suzuka has become a world famous circuit and a highlight among Asian tracks.
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 a number of new drivers from China. Drivers from eight nations across Asia will compete for the championship lead in a thrilling continuation of the series.
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 this coming weekend, and Buriram in Thailand on July 23-24. The series will return to Japan in September, racing at Fuji International Speedway for the final Asian leg of the competition.
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 four 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 the Overall, Pro-Am, Am and Lamborghini Cup (for new drivers and rookies) classes. The championship provides exciting action for professional and aspiring professional drivers alike.
There will be two 50-minute sprint races at Suzuka. Round 1 will start at 14:25 pm (JST) Saturday, June 11, with Round 2 on Sunday June 12 at 11.00 am. Qualifying begins at 9:15 am on Saturday June 11.
The 2016 Asia series features 12 rounds spread over six race weekends, all at iconic circuits. The first five events 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.