Lamborghini World Finals are back
After its cancellation last year due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the traditional end-of-season Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals made its welcome return to the motorsport calendar on the final weekend of October at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy.
For lovers of Lamborghini, this is the biggest collection of Huracán Super Trofeo Evo cars you will see all year round. From racing on track to VIP hot laps, as well as exhibitions and an open paddock, the World Finals is truly a highlight not only of the GT racing calendar, but also that of Pirelli – Lamborghini's exclusive tyre partner.
Outside of the iconic Spa 24 Hours endurance race in Belgium, the World Finals is one of the company's busiest weekends. A total of 55 cars were entered for the World Finals weekend, with each requiring as many sets of tyres as they would have run all season long.
How the racing works
The race format for Lamborghini Super Trofeo is quite simple: there are four different classes, each determined by the speed and experience of the drivers involved. The classes are Pro, Pro-Am, Am and Lamborghini Cup. The latter is for novices, or true gentleman drivers who are either at the very beginning of their careers or just want to race for fun. In the regional championships, these classes all race together, in two 50-minute races which feature a mandatory pit-stop between the 20th and 30th minute.
For the World Finals, the two-race format is the same, but to avoid a colossal 55-car grid, the Pro and Pro-Am classes race together, with the Am and Lamborghini Cup categories combining.
The World Finals weekend is held across four days, with the regional championships being decided between Thursday and Friday, while the weekend hosts the races to crown the World Finals winner. It's a truly special moment.
Action both on and off the track
But it's not just about the racing on track. Lamborghini delivers a unique experience for everyone who attend the World Finals. Misano was the first World Finals since 2019, which meant that fans and spectators were treated to a display of glorious Lamborghini Huracán road cars around the paddock area.
A few lucky people also bagged themselves a skills demonstration around the paddock, followed by a hot lap of the circuit by one of Lamborghini Squadra Corse's professional racing driver instructors, while the off-road Urus was put through its paces on a dirt track nearby.
On top of that, Lamborghini's Aventador-inspired beast of a trackday hypercar – the Essenza SCV12 – was thrashed around in two-hour slots over the weekend, showcasing the incredible engineering of Lamborghini's Squadra Corse operation. All the cars, of course, were equipped with Pirelli P Zero tyres, continuing the long-standing relationship between Lamborghini and Pirelli, which dates all the way to Lamborghini's foundation in 1963.
The stars of the show
But in a race weekend, racing drivers take centre stage. The regional championships were sewn up on Friday evening, with Dream Racing Motorsport's Richard Antinucci – the nephew of former IndyCar and Formula 1 driver Eddie Cheever – taking his third North American title, while Kevin Gilardoni and Leonardo Pulcini (Oregon Team) secured the European title in dramatic fashion, after being spun in the closing stages by their title rival.
In the actual World Finals itself, the form book usually gets thrown out of the window as teams and drivers put all their efforts into being crowned the best Lamborghini Super Trofeo driver in the world. And true to form, the outsider crew of VS Racing's Karol Basz – an experienced competitor in Super Trofeo – and karting graduate Mattia Michelotto prevailed by dominating both races from pole.