- Caldarelli, Lind and Costa lead Lamborghini charge in online championship
- Current and former Super Trofeo drivers also involved
- Former F1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi to race as wildcard with Lamborghini
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 22 April 2020 – Lamborghini Squadra Corse will field three of its Factory Drivers in the inaugural SRO E-Sport GT Series, the Assetto Corsa Competizione online racing series which begins at a virtual Silverstone this weekend (April 24th).
Last year’s Blancpain GT Series overall champion and 2020 Daytona 24 Hours winner Andrea Caldarelli is joined by teammate Dennis Lind in the #63 and #563 Orange1 FFF Racing Team Huracán GT3 EVOs respectively. Spaniard Albert Costa, who won the International GT Open alongside fellow Factory Driver Giacomo Altoè in 2019, will drive the #163 Emil Frey Racing-liveried Huracán.
A number of other Lamborghini affiliated drivers have also confirmed their presence in the online racing championship. Former Super Trofeo Europe drivers Mikaël Grenier (2017 Pro champion), Alberto di Folco and Jeroen Mul are joined by 2019 World Finals runner-up Sandy Mitchell and Dan Wells in the Pro category.
In addition to the PRO drivers, FFF Esports – the brand-new digital division of FFF Racing, of which Caldarelli is Team Principal – announced its participation in the Silver Cup class, reserved for sim racers only, with Jaroslav Honzik and Kamil Franczak.
Former F1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi (81 Grands Prix between 2005 and 2011) will race as a wildcard in the #19 Orange1 FFF Racing Team Huracán GT3 EVO.
The SRO E-Sports GT Series is the official online racing championship of the promoters of the GT World Challenge Europe, SRO Motorsports Group, powered by Kunos Simulazioni and AK Informatica and will run for five rounds plus a Grand Final.
Four of the five rounds will be at predetermined circuits, with the final round location selected by public vote. The championship will also be disputed by a mix of real-racers (competing in the Pro class), professional sim racers (in the Silver Cup class) and public qualifiers (in the Am class).
The Pro/Silver Cup and Am class have separate calendars, with the Grand Final taking place at a yet-to-be-confirmed location and date.
Andrea Caldarelli: “I am really excited to start this “season” online. It’s the first time for me competing online. I have recently received my home sim rig, so I’m training a lot over these days. It’s going to be fun to represent my team and Lamborghini brand in the game and definitely a new experience for me.”
Dennis Lind: “I had so much fun at the Charity Challenge so I’m looking forward to this as well. Of course, driving in the real championship is preferred, but I’m pretty sure it will be an exciting way to spend this exceptionally long off-season time”.
Albert Costa: “I’m very happy to come back racing. It’s not real racing but at least it’s racing, with the same cars we drive in the GT World Challenge Europe championship. I’m feeling a bit of adrenaline, because for my experience I feel more nervous when I’m driving a sim. I’m really happy to represent Lamborghini Squadra Corse and Emil Frey Racing in this new championship. I’m training a lot because the level is very high and I’m looking forward to race”.
2020 SRO E-Sports GT Series Calendar (Pro and Silver Cup)
|Round 1||Silverstone||April 26th|
|Round 2||Total 24 Hours of Spa||May 10th|
|Round 3||Nürburgring||May 17th|
|Round 4||Barcelona||May 31st|
|Round 5||Public Vote||June 14th|