24h Series

24h Series: Leipert Motorsport celebrates victory in the GTX class at the 24h race in Barcelona and secures the title in the 2022 European GTX Championship

12. September 2022

Leipert Motorsport put in an outstanding performance at the 24h Series race in Barcelona (Spain). The MOTUL-supported team from Wegberg won once again with the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo in the GTX class and thus secured the European championship title of the 24h Series. The Leipert Lamborghini finished P14 overall and was convincing over the entire distance after an initial moment of shock.

At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Kerong Li (China), Jean-Francois Brunot (USA), Gerhard Watzinger (USA), Gregg Gorski (USA) and Brendon Leitch (NZ) took the wheel of the #710 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo. The race weekend began with an intensive eight-hour private test, which the team used extensively. In free practice, the drivers completed further test laps before things got serious in the three-part qualifying. Watzinger, Brunot and Leitch competed for Leipert Motosport in qualifying. The average of the three fastest laps of all drivers was enough for 15th place in the large starting field of 45 vehicles. In the GTX class, this meant grid position 3.

During the start phase, the Leipert team had a shock moment. The #710 with starting driver Watzinger was hit hard on the rear by a competitor and as a result pushed into another competitor.  Fortunately, Watzinger was able to reach the pit under his own power. The necessary repairs were carried out quickly and took just over 10 minutes. With a Lamborghini that was visually badly damaged, the team resumed the race in 44th position and started a brilliant race to catch up. As always, the Leipert Lamborghini ran like clockwork. By the halfway point of the race, the team had already worked its way up to the extended leading group and taken the commanding lead in the GTX class.

In the second half of the race, the five-strong team of drivers also gave their all and completed a flawless presentation. Team and drivers showed a strong performance. In the end, the Lamborghini #710 crossed the finish line in 14th position overall and took a superior victory in the GTX class. The team thus secured the title win of the European Championship in the GTX class (team classification) and the drivers Brunot/Li in the drivers’ classification. For the team and the drivers Watzinger and Gorski, it is even possible to win the title in the “Championship of the Continents”, where they are currently also in first place. The final race is in Kuwait at the beginning of December.

Managing Directors Marcel Leipert & Marc Poos:

“A fantastic race in Barcelona. After the accident on the first lap, we were initially worried that we would be out of the title race early. But the team did an excellent job in the pits and after the relatively short repair time the car ran perfectly. All the drivers did an outstanding job. We have clinched the first two championships of the 2022 season. Now we want to take the remaining two 24h Series titles in Kuwait as well.”

The next event for Leipert Motorsport will again be at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain, 30.09.-02.10.). There, the team will compete in the FANATEC GT World Challenge Endurance with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo. The team from Wegberg also competes on the same platform in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, again with five LST cars.