March 25th, 2007 – The 2007 season of the FIA GT Championship got off to an exciting start at the Zhuhai International Circuit today, where the All-Inkl Racing Lamborghini Murcielago took a closely fought victory, giving Lamborghini its first international motor sport win. In front of the packed grandstand, with 22,000 spectators watching, the newly-adopted two-hour format gave a fantastically close race in both categories. Pit-stop strategy, always a factor, became vitally important when the safety car came out in the second hour. The final dash to the finish line saw the top three finish within four seconds. The Lamborghini was chased across the line followed by two Corvettes.
Christophe Bouchut and Stefan Mücke started the season in the best possible way. The timing of the second pit stops along with a safety-car period saw the number 7 car take the lead in the closing stages of the race. At the re-start, a storming Bouchut kept the advantage ahead of the rest. With fastest laps being set one after the other, a frantic finish finally saw Lamborghini claim its first win. ”This victory is important for Hans Reiter, for our sponsor All Inkl and for Lamborghini,” Bouchut said afterwards . ”I have worked a lot to develop this car, and I really wanted to give to Lamborghini this first win. Winning was one of our goal this season, we did it here in Zhuhai, for the first race. It is great for the team and for all the people who have worked hard.”
2003 Frankfurt-The long-awaited return of Lamborghini to professional sports car racing edged closer to reality this week when the company unveiled the Murcielago R-GT, a new race car derived from its acclaimed super sports car, the Lamborghini Murcielago. The car was unveiled at the IAA Frankfort Motor Show.
The Murcielago R-GT, developed jointly with renowned race car engineering company Reiter Engineering in Germany, and parent company Audi’s sports division Audi Sport, will offer Lamborghini clients a car with which to compete in global professional motor sport.
The car was built to the specifications of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so that it would be eligible to compete at Le Mans and in the American Le Mans Series.
The R-GT will be equipped with a Lamborghini air restricted 6 liter V12 engine, developing a highly competitive power output. The drive train, converted from the Murcielago permanent 4WD to RWD, as per the FIA/ACO regulations, will sport a sequential gearbox. The total weight will be contained within the relevant class specification of 1100 kg.
American Le Mans Series drivers Oliver Gavin and Peter Kox, who compete for rival Corvette and Ferrari teams in the ALMS, will be co-drivers of the car in its maiden race, an FIA-GT event in Estoril, Portugal, on October 5.
‘There is already substantial demand for the Murcielago R-GT, from motorsport teams and drivers alike, said Dr. Werner Mischke, Chairman and President of Automobili Lamborghini. We anticipate this new race car becoming one of the special attractions in GT motor sport. The presence of this new racing Lamborghini at international sports car events will be a perfect opportunity to showcase the competitive and performance advantages of the Murcielago.’
Story by Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A, edited by Supercars.net