Lamborghini to debut Huracan GT3 in North America at Daytona in January 2016

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 9, 2015

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.

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LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN GT3 TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN GT3 RACING DEBUT IN 2016

The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make its North American GT3 racing debut with confirmed entries into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class in 2016.

The official debut will be in the 24 Hours at Daytona on Jan. 30-31 with multiple customer teams, continuing Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s tradition of customer support. There will be no factory entries, but all customer-racing teams will have factory support.

Lamborghini’s move into GTD comes as the class adopts the 2016 FIA GT3 specifications for all of its entries.

“We are only focused and committed to customer racing,” Automobili Lamborghini Head of Motorsport Giorgio Sanna said. “For us, GT3 is the pinnacle of our strategy. We are excited to make this next step in North America as our motorsport program competes for the first time in Lamborghini history in the 24 Hours at Daytona and in multiple full-season GTD efforts.”

The 585-horsepower Huracán GT3 was born from a desire to offer factory-built and supported cars to customers worldwide. It is the first GT3 car to be fully engineered, developed and assembled internally by Automobili Lamborghini.

The move to GT3 racing in North America is the exciting next step as the Lamborghini Motorsport program continues to build its racing ladder. The GT3 program is the top step of an impressive pyramid, which includes Lamborghini Esperienza and Accademia and three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series worldwide.

There are direct connections between two of the confirmed GT3 entries and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, which is in its third season. Change Racing and O’Gara Motorsports both will add Lamborghini Huracán GT3 programs in addition to their existing Super Trofeo North America efforts in 2016. In addition Konrad Motorsport, a powerful Super Trofeo Europe team, has confirmed participation in the 24 Hours at Daytona with the Huracán GT3.

Change Racing has been in the fold since the North American series inception in 2013. Change Racing is a past team champion and has fielded the driver champion two years in a row, in addition to winning the 2014 Pro-Am Super Trofeo World Finals.

“I’m very proud to have the opportunity to grow our relationship with Lamborghini and compliment our Super Trofeo program with a GTD effort for 2016,” Change Racing Team Principal Robby Benton said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to build a resume and footprint in the North American Super Trofeo Series and this is a logical next step for us. Lamborghini Squadra Corse has a very talented group supporting its customer-racing program. I have a lot of confidence in Lamborghini Squadra Corse and its vision for 2016.”

O’Gara Motorsport team owner Tom O’Gara has been involved with the Super Trofeo series in North American since 2013, but this is the first year for the team as a solo entrant. The team leads the championship in the team and Pro and Amateur driver categories.

“We are very excited that O’Gara Motorsport will be participating in the inaugural season of the Lamborghini GT3 program in North America,” O’Gara Motorsport Team Owner Tom O’Gara said. “We’ve won several races this season and have led the championship since the first race of our inaugural season of competition as a team. I’m confident that our GTD team next year will continue to showcase their hard work and commitment to achieving the winning tradition that we expect in our organization. We are also happy to create an opportunity for drivers to advance their careers after achieving success in our Super Trofeo program. Our team and I are looking forward to this next challenge.”

Konrad Motorsport fields a three-car effort in Super Trofeo Europe this season. This will be a return appearance to the 24 Hours at Daytona for the team, which is no stranger to endurance racing, but the first with Lamborghini.

“I’m very happy to be back at Daytona with such a famous brand as Lamborghini,” Konrad Motorsport Team Owner Franz Konrad said. “We do have a strong relation with Lamborghini that started back in 1991. We know Daytona well. We have raced there 16 times including the last three years. We also managed to win our classes and we are confident we can keep up our positive streak. Here in Europe we race in Super Trofeo and we are very happy with the product. The natural choice was to move on to GT3 racing. We will line up a car with the possibility of adding a second one.”

The Huracán GT3 will be eligible for all GT3 racing in North America.
The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will be introduced in both North America and Asia, after having already proven itself in Europe this season running in the Blancpain Endurance Series with Grasser Racing Team, where it has won the season opener at Monza (Italy) in April.

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