Former single seater stars join Lamborghini young driver program for 2015


Lamborghini Squadra Corse have announced a trio of programmes aimed at developing the career of young drivers, including through the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship, in 2015.

The Squadra Corse Young Drivers Program returns for a second season, with drivers within the Super Trofeo championship that are performing ‘exceptionally’ being able to participate in Lamborghini Squadra Corse test sessions.

Subsequently for 2015, the GT3 Junior Program has been launched, with drives in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in a development role and potentially a future GT3 Racing role.

The final initiative set up by Lamborghini for 2015 is the Formula Junior Program, which has the aim of scouting for the best single seater teams and talents and supporting them through their careers. The program may have its roots in single seater racing, but its aim is to progress the drivers into GT Racing.

“Following the success of the 2014 Young Drivers Program that allowed us to select four drivers who this year are racing the two Huracán GT3s in the Blancpain Endurance Series, we decided to further invest in young talents,” said Giorgio Sanna, Automobil Lamborghini Head of Motorsport.

“We thus created a GT3 Program for those more experienced drivers, and one in support of up and coming drivers in single-seater categories. Last but not least we offer these drivers a professional experience as instructors in Lamborghini Accademia and Esperienza driving courses.”

Having taking four drivers into their Young Drivers Program in 2014, the number doubles for this year, with former GP3 Series drivers Patric Niederhauser and Patrick Kujula part of the driver line-up. Alongside them are other single seater racers Shinya Michimi and Roman Mavlanov, who raced in the Auto GP and Formula Renault 3.5 Series championships in 2014 respectively.

Also on in the program is current Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe PRO-AM champion Alberto Di Folco, Edoardo Liberati, Oliver Rae and Jake Rattenbury.

2013 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe PRO-AM winner Andrea Amici and former Formula Renault 3.5 driver Daniel Zampieri are the most high profile names on the GT3 Junior Program list.

They are joined on the program by Giacomo Barri, Alberto Cerqui, Kei Cozzolino, Corey Lewis, Florian Spengler and Gerhard Tweraser, while Milos Pavlovic and Edoardo Piscopo will be official test drivers.

The first beneficiaries of the Formula Junior Program is Vincenzo Sospiri Racing, who are competing in both the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe and the Japanese Formula 4 Championship in 2015.