Lamborghini, together with long-term partner Blancpain, marks this weekend 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 Jakarta. The bleachers filled early with interested locals, a sure sign of the positive reception of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo here in Sentul. The Super Trofeo is the manifestation of Lamborghini’s driver-oriented motorsport strategy, which unites the gentleman drivers competing on tracks across the world.
Each day of this race weekend had a special event. Saturday’s opening race closed with a gala dinner attended by drivers and race officials. If Saturday’s event was a feast for the taste buds, then Sunday’s event was a feast for the eyes. At noon on Sunday, 51 Lamborghinis gathered at the Sentul International Circuit for a record-breaking car parade, the largest ever assembly of a single brand of sports car in Indonesia. The cars, all owned by local Indonesian drivers, paraded around the tight corners and short straightaways of the Sentul International Circuit for an hour before the beginning of the race.
The concept of rigorous testing is not unique to Lamborghini; Swiss timepiece manufacturer Blancpain, who together with Lamborghini co-sponsor the Super Trofeo series, also maintains a tradition of rigorous quality control and precision manufacture. Blancpain watches of multiple makes and styles were on display at the many pavilions set up at the Sentul International Circuit.
After the local streetcars had vacated the starting line-up, the racecars took their place, car #9 went on to take first place as Sunday’s early afternoon race drew to a close. Second place went to car #12, a solid overall result considering #12 started out in second position. Third place in the overall series went to car #69. Car #12 moved up from third place in Saturday’s first race to second place on Sunday. The good placement of car #69 shows that team #12 is not the only dedicated group of drivers studying the unique tracks across Asia. In the season opening race in Sepang, Malaysia, car #69 also placed in the top three overall.
For the AM category #6 took first place. Despite troubles later in the race, the efforts of car #16 paid off, with a solid second place for the AM category. Finishing up in third place for AM was car #2. As a testament to the challenging nature of this race, six cars did not finish.
The focus of this racing weekend was without a doubt the Indonesian drivers, both those piloting the local Lamborghinis at the record-breaking car parade and those piloting the Lamborghini Gallardo racecars in this first ever Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Indonesia. Expect to see many more Indonesian drivers on the podium over the next five races in the 2014 season. Having concluded widely successful festivities and races at the Sentul International Circuit, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo now turns north for the third race of the season at the legendary F1 track in Japan: Fuji International Circuit.