Three Lamborghini cars run by Vincenzo Sospiri Racing (VSR) have joined the GT World Challenge Asia grid for 2024. Asian Motorsport caught up with team owner Vincenzo Sospiri during the second 2024 round in Buriram, Thailand.

By Steven Walton

VSR has three Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 cars in this year’s six-round GT World Challenge Asia championship, with two competing in the top Pro-Am class.

2024 Dubai 24 winner Zhou Bihuang and Lamborghini factory driver Marco Mapelli share the #63 Pro-Am car. Bian Hao and Edoardo Liberati drive the #6 Pro-Am car.

VSR’s third car – run under the ANR with VSR banner – is racing in the new Silver-Am class. The drivers are Akira Mizutani and Yuki Nemoto.

“We’re back in Asia because we are working with Lamborghini very closely and they asked us to come back to Asia,” Vincenzo Sospiri told Asian Motorsport in Buriram.

“It’s really nice actually, very competitive, I always love Asia, I love Asian people, the organisers, Benjamin [Franassovici] and SRO, they are very professional, very good and it’s very nice to be back with them,” he said.

VSR previously raced in the Asian series in 2017 and 2019 – it was known as the Blancpain GT Series Asia at the time.

Sospiri said the team had difficulties with their car and the balance of performance at last month’s season opener in Sepang.

In Buriram, the team showed promise. Mapelli qualified the #63 Lamborghini in 10th for Sunday’s race and moved up to sixth during his stint. Data shared by Zhou on social media showed he had the fastest average lap time in the second half of the race.

But, Zhou and Mapelli only finished 13th after picking up a costly penalty for breaching track limits.

“We are all playing catch up because we don’t have any data … but we’re getting closer, here [in Buriram] we are quite close,” Sospiri said.

“Fuji will be quite good because this car in Fuji is ok, we will see.”

GT World Challenge Asia heads to Fuji for its next round, which is on June 21-23.

Sospiri described the 33-car field assembled for this year’s championship as “very strong”, saying he had never seen it this strong. “There is a lot of professional teams here in the series and very strong drivers,” he added.

“I do love Asia, I’ve been racing myself in Asia a long time ago and I always loved it and bringing my team here with the support of Lamborghini Squadra Corse is always really, really nice,” he said.

“We have a full Asian crew working for us that have been working for us in the past, which is nice actually to have them, with some support from Italy as well.”

Header image credit: Macca/Asian Motorsport

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