The two US-Americans Gerhard Watzinger and Gregg Gorski started in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo from Leipert Motorsport at the “Road to Le Mans” in the Michelin Le Mans Cup (France). In both races, the amateur drivers finished 8th in the GT3 class. A strong performance at the team’s first entry on this prestigious circuit.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the biggest motorsport events in the world. The MOTUL-supported Leipert Motorsport team was also at the start of the 90th edition of the classic. Gerhard Watzinger and Gregg Gorski (both USA) drove the two races of the Le Mans Cup, which were held as part of the supporting programme of the traditional event. The focus this weekend was on the experience of being at Le Mans. A total of 50 cars were at the start, 37 LMP3 prototypes and 13 GT3 cars. The Leipert team was the only team to start with a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO and two Bronze drivers. In the qualifying sessions for the two rounds, the drivers performed well.
The drivers were thrilled with the track. Watzinger: “Driving at Le Mans is a highlight. The race and the track are simply a myth. As it is not a permanent race track, this was a challenging task. I’ve already been here once in the past with an LMP3 and I really wanted to come back. The fact that the project could be realised so quickly with Leipert Motorsport after the race was authorised was a great thing.” Gorski: “I knew Le Mans from TV, a great event. To be allowed to drive on this track myself was a dream. It’s amazing that it worked out this year.”
In the first race, the #19 Leipert Lamborghini Huracán GT3 started from grid position 12 in the GT3 class. The first race was marked by several accidents and yellow phases. However, the two Leipert drivers showed prudence and routinely brought the Lamborghini to the finish in 8th place in the GT3 class and 36th overall.
In the second race on Saturday, a long safety car phase followed shortly before the pit stop window with a final 2-lap sprint to the finish. Once again, the Leipert Lamborghini stayed out of everything and once again secured 8th place in class and 34th overall. The drivers again showed their best side, took no risks and drove by far their fastest laps this weekend.
Watzinger: “A great event that was simply fun. The environment was super and the many spectators at the track were a hell of an experience.” Gorski: “Le Mans was just great. The event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The team did a perfect job. We got better with every lap on this track. I’m already planning another Le Mans start in the future with the Lamborghini and the Leipert Motorsport family.”
Managing Directors Marcel Leipert & Marc Poos:
“Our first participation in Le Mans was a success. We were very pleased that we were given the right to start with one car. The team put in a strong performance. Although we were the only team with two bronze drivers, we achieved good results. That was more than satisfactory.
The drivers felt comfortable on the unfamiliar track right from the start and got faster with every kilometre they drove. A great performance.
Le Mans and the Le Mans Cup Series are very interesting. We certainly want to compete again in the series and at Le Mans in the future. The event is very professional and the environment is unique. It really made us want to do more.”
At the end of the month, Leipert Motorsport will continue with 5 cars to the next round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo at the Misano World Circuit in Italy (30.06.-03.07.22).