Lamborghini’s Triumph at Petit Le Mans: A Comeback Victory

In a remarkable display of skill and resilience, Lamborghini added another milestone victory on American soil as Forte Racing Powered by USRT’s stellar trio of Loris Spinelli, Misha Goikhberg, and Patrick Liddy secured a triumph in the highly competitive Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

This victory marks Lamborghini’s sixth major success in the United States, following their previous conquests in the Daytona 24 Hours (2018, 2019, and 2020) and the Sebring 12 Hours (2018 and 2019), while also signifying Forte Racing’s maiden victory in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

Lamborghini's Triumph at Petit Le Mans: A Comeback Victory

A Comeback Drive for the #78 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2

Despite a challenging start that saw Spinelli, Goikhberg, and Liddy positioned 11th on the grid in the GTD class, the #78 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 showcased exceptional determination throughout the race. The team embarked on a remarkable comeback drive, climbing to fourth place within the opening hour, courtesy of Spinelli’s impressive performance. Throughout the gruelling 10-hour marathon race, the Lamborghini remained consistently among the top five contenders.

The extent of their comeback was evident in their fight back from adversity. The team faced three drive-through penalties during the race, with two of them issued within the final two hours. Spinelli received a penalty for changing lanes during the restart procedure, and subsequent contact with an Aston Martin resulted in a second trip through the pit lane. The final drive-through was incurred due to a pit-stop infringement.

Lamborghini's Triumph at Petit Le Mans: A Comeback Victory

Despite these setbacks, the #78 Lamborghini maintained its contention, capitalizing on the race’s stop-start nature, which featured multiple full-course yellow periods. These periods allowed the Forte Racing crew to regain their position at the top of the field and conserve enough fuel to seize the lead within the final hour. Spinelli had to fend off a fierce challenge from the Porsche of Jan Heylen, which unfortunately retired in the closing stages, ultimately securing the victory.

A Well-Earned Victory

The victory in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta stands as a testament to the determination and resilience of the #78 crew. It also marks Lamborghini’s first victory in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship since 2021 at Long Beach. Forte Racing Powered by USRT, new to the IMSA competition in the GTD class this year, has consistently demonstrated improvement throughout the season, beginning with their campaign at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.

Spinelli’s outstanding performance in qualifying, where he secured pole position for the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen in June, showcased their potential. The team continued to impress by finishing second in the Indianapolis sprint race in September. Transitioning from Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America to GT3 competition, Forte Racing Powered by USRT has emerged as the strongest contender in GTD for the IMSA season, claiming both victory and a second-place finish in the final two races, building significant momentum heading into 2024.

Victory in the Italian GT Championship

Lamborghini's Triumph at Petit Le Mans: A Comeback Victory

Lamborghini’s taste of success extended beyond the United States, as they triumphed in the final round of the Italian GT Championship, securing victory in the Endurance Cup encounter at Vallelunga. Imperiale Racing’s Stuart Middleton, Raúl Guzman, and Kevin Gilardoni, who started second on the grid, displayed a strong performance throughout the race. Although a collision with Tommaso Mosca’s Ferrari temporarily set them back to second place, a subsequent penalty for the Ferrari elevated the trio to a well-deserved victory.

In conclusion, Lamborghini’s remarkable victory at the Petit Le Mans, coupled with their success in the Italian GT Championship, exemplifies the spirit of endurance, skill, and unwavering determination in motorsport. Their triumph in the gruelling 10-hour race at Road Atlanta not only showcased their exceptional performance but also underscored their ability to surmount setbacks and emerge victorious.

For Forte Racing Powered by USRT, this win marked a significant milestone in their inaugural IMSA season, highlighting their potential as a formidable contender in GTD. Furthermore, Lamborghini’s victory in the Italian GT Championship at Vallelunga added another layer to their legacy, solidifying their place as a dominant force in motorsport on a global scale.

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