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First Time's the Charm: Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Makes Racing History in Indonesia
Posted by: newsla on Jun 08, 2014 - 06:05 AM
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First Time's the Charm: Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Makes Racing History in Indonesia


Lamborghini, together with long-term partner Blancpain, today marks the historic first stop in Indonesia for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series. Local Indonesian audiences could watch the Lamborghini Gallardo racing cars live just two kilometers south of bustling Jakarta.

 

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The bleachers filled early with interested locals, a sure sign of the positive reception of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo here in Sentul. Preparations began in the morning and continued into early afternoon with qualifying laps, with the level of excitement gradually rising. Temperatures also continued to rise, cooling only slightly in time for the official start in the afternoon.

As predicted, car #9 took an early lead, but two yellow flags slowed down the pack just after the start. The yellow flags were understandable in light of the technical challenges involved with driving at the Sentul International Circuit. Cristiano Inverni, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series Coordinator, remarked that the Sentul International Circuit is unique in its short straightaways and tight turns. The afternoon heat added yet another element to the competition as drivers and fans alike battled soaring temperatures for the duration of the 50-minute race.

Neither the psychological challenge of confronting a new environment nor the technical difficulties of the Sentul International Circuit fazed Johnson Yaptonaga, the representative of the local Lamborghini dealer. Yaptonaga was one of many local Indonesian drivers who performed very well in their home country.

Today’s race did not lack for hometown heroes. Indeed, out of the twenty drivers racing today, many were Indonesians. Some of these local drivers were racing for the first time with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. This impressive turnout from the local Lamborghini community only further enhanced the sense of success at the reception of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo here in Sentul, Indonesia.

Following through on an initial strong lead, car #9 took first place overall. Car #63, piloted by Ananda Mikola and his partner, an Indonesian team, seized the second place spot for the overall category. The leaderboard was spinning at furious RPMs right off the bat due to quickly changing positions during the first few laps. Car #9, however, pulled away again, seizing yet another victory – the second in a row for that team.

In the AM category, car #12, driven by Toshiyuki Ochiai of Japan led the pack, taking first place in the category. Car #6 – the only team from Monaco – came second, while car #2, also piloted by Indonesians, came in third. The large proportion of Indonesian drivers in this race showed in the leaderboard ranking, with local drivers placing in both AM and overall categories.

Andrea Baldi, Head of Automobili Lamborghini Asia-Pacific, described racing as “the natural playground of the Lamborghini Brand,” giving voice to his solid confidence for business development in the APAC Region. The market potential for the luxury Italian super sport car manufacturer and the appeal of the Lamborghini lifestyle were reflected in the firm support from Lamborghini Jakarta. The racing atmosphere showcased today in Sentul was born out of the shared passion and commitment to precision manufacturing of Lamborghini and Blancpain, the oldest timepiece manufacturers in the world. For the luxury watchmaker, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is a platform to express the commitment to excellence shared by both brands.

The exhilarating atmosphere generated by the presence of Lamborghini attracted a number of VIP guests to the Sentul International Circuit today. Mr. Tono Suratman, Chief of Sport & Youth for Indonesia as well as Mr. Nanan Soekarna, Chief of The Automobile Association of Indonesia, both arrived in the afternoon. They witnessed the vibrating power and performance of the Lamborghini Gallardo as well as personally attended the award ceremony.

Now that the Lamborghini-trained gentleman drivers have gotten a feel for the peculiarities of the Sentul International Circuit, tomorrow’s race (to be held Sunday, June 8th) should be extremely competitive. Sunday’s competition will mark the climax in this historic, first-ever racing weekend at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.


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