Lamborghini is proud to announce that the Huracán GT3 will finally have its North American GT3 racing debut. This was confirmed with the company having an entry to the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class.
This move is seen as fitting, considering that the brand has adopted the specifications of the 2016 FIA GT3 for every entry. The official unveiling will take place during the 24 Hours at Daytona this coming January 30 and 31. Continuing the tradition of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse in customer support, there will be various customer teams on hand.
Lamborghini discloses that while there are no factory entries, factory support will be available for all customer-racing teams. Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini, stated that the company remains committed and focused to customer racing and that the GT3 is at the peak of this strategy.
The brand is excited, Sanna adds; explaining that for the very first time in its history it will be competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This entry to North America is only the initial step as it expects to be in multiple full-season GTD efforts, Sanna concludes.
With its 585-horsepower engine, the Huracán GT3 was created out of a wish to give its customers around the world a full range of factory-built and supported cars. The Huracán GT3 is the first GT3 vehicle that has been developed, engineered, and assembled by Automobili Lamborghini.
Lamborghini’s Motorsport program will continue building its racing ladder and this move to North America GT3 is merely the next step. This GT3 program is considered as the highest in a pyramid that includes the three Blancpain Super Trofeo series, Accademia, and Esperienza.
Currently in the third season, the Blancpain Super Trofeo North America has a direct link to two confirmed GT3 entries. Aside from the Super Trofeo, O’Gara and Change Racing Motorsports will be added to the GT3 program. The Konrad Motorsport, which is a Super Trofeo Europe team, will participate as well in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
In the fold ever since the inception of the North American series back in 2013, Change Racing is a past champion and has managed to field the driver champion for two succeeding years. This is in addition to its 2014 Pro-Am Super Trofeo World Finals win.
According to Robby Benton, who is the Principal of the Change Racing Team, it is indeed a proud moment to be able to have the chance to grow its relationship with Lamborghini and in addition compliment the Super Trofeo program with the 2016 GTD.
He also praised the team for being able to make its mark in the North American Super Trofeo Series. Considering that the customer-racing program remains to be supported by the very talented Squadra Corse, Benton says that he has a large amount of confidence in them and the vision for the upcoming year 2016.
Tom O’Gara, who owns the O’Gara Motorsport team, has been involved since 2013 with the Super Trofeo series in North America. This is the first year though that the team will join and be a solo participant. Currently the O’Gara Motorsport team continues to lead the championship for the Pro and Amateur driver categories and the team category as well.
O’Gara shares that the team is excited to participate in the first season of the Lamborghini GT3 program. O’Gara adds that they won a number of races for this season and have even led the championship since joining the competition as a team.
O’Gara remains confident that in 2016 the GTD team will continue to showcase the commitment and hard work that resulted in the winning tradition that many have expected from the team. The O’Gara Motorsport team is looking forward to the next challenge and sees it as a good opportunity for its drivers to forward their careers especially after the success of the Super Trofeo program.
For this season of the Super Trofeo Europe, Konrad Motorsport expects to field a three-car effort. While 24 Hours at Daytona may be a first for Lamborghini, this marks the return appearance of the team who is more than familiar with endurance racing.
Konrad Team Owner Franz Konrad relates that they are indeed happy to participate again at the Daytona especially now that Lamborghini has joined. The team has a strong relationship with Lamborghini that dates as far back as 1991.
The team has in fact managed to race at least 16 times as well as during the last three years and even managed to win in its classes, Konrad adds. He also mentioned how confident he was that the team will be able keep its positive streak.
The team is satisfied with the Super Trofeo and continues to race with it in Europe. It is not surprising therefore to move to GT3 racing, Konrad shares. The team expects to line up the car with the chance of adding a second.
The Huracán GT3 has more than proven that it has what it takes in the Europe circuit by running with the Grasser Racing Team during the Blancpain Endurance Series. In fact, the Huracán GT3 won the season opener last April at Monza in Italy. The Huracán GT3 is already eligible to race in North America and plans to introduce it next to Asia.