LAMBORGHINI are expected to be the latest brand to contest the full 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli – which includes the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Speaking with website Sportscar365.com, Lamborghini’s Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna confirmed the brand would likely field an all-pro squad aboard an FFF Racing Huracan GT3 in all five rounds of the international series next year.
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Expanding customer programs with local outfits at ICGT events – which would likely include Australian-based Australian GT team Trofeo Motorsport – is also in the pipeline.
Sanna confirmed to Sportscar365 (Click for original story) that the brand would contest the full championship in 2020.
“We will compete in IGTC next year with at least one Pro car. We are a global customer racing department and of course also a global brand. We always look step by step to expand our programs and our vision, from the business and marketing sides to the sporting side.
“Until today, there was not the right chance to move into Intercontinental Challenge with the right team, components and drivers.
“Today, with FFF, we are working to be ready in this kind of field. There are also other important teams that are looking with interest.
“Now is the right moment.”
Lamborghini has never been represented at Mount Panorama with a ‘factory’ squad, Sanna telling Sportscar365 that the 2020 ICGT calendar, released last week, was part of the reason for their expansion to a full-season campaign.
“Next season the schedule is very, very nice. We love Bathurst, where we’ve never been to with a Pro [class] GT3. We love Indianapolis and Suzuka and a very good move in South Africa.”
The iconic Italian brand has a somewhat checkered history at Mount Panorama and has never finished on the podium in Australia’s International Enduro.
The best finish for the brand was 6th in the 2017 race thanks to privateer entry Lago Racing and drivers Roger Lago, David Russell and Steve Owen – also securing second in the ‘Am’ class in the process.
The same combination also finished 7th two years prior aboard the same Reiter Engineering-sourced Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX.
The Lamborghini-developed Huracan GT3 finished 8th for Trofeo Motorsport and drivers Ivan Capelli, Jim Manolios, Ryan Millier and Dean Canto in 2018, while Wall Racing’s entry was 12th outright this year – steered by owner Adrian Dietz, Cameron McConville, Tony D’Alberto and Jules Westwood.
On both occasions they placed fourth in the Pro-Am class, narrowly missing the podium.
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