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Lamborghini SC63’s First FIA WEC Race in Qatar

In its historic first FIA World Endurance Championship appearance in Qatar, the Lamborghini Iron Lynx team achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing the race with its SC63 LMDh prototype.

Tue, Mar 12, 2024 3:56pmGrey Clock 3 min

The team, consisting of Mirko Bortolotti, Daniil Kvyat, and Edoardo Mortara, from the Lamborghini Iron Lynx team, finished in 14th place after a grueling 10-hour race at the Lusail International Circuit. This result showcased the SC63’s reliability and laid a foundation for future improvements.

The eventful weekend began with Kvyat qualifying the car, followed by a collaborative driving effort from the trio, who managed to avoid penalties and engage in strategic confrontations with veteran teams. This not only highlighted the vehicle’s competitive edge but also enriched the team’s understanding of the car and the championship.

Looking Forward to the Next Challenge

With their eyes set on future challenges, Lamborghini Iron Lynx is preparing for their upcoming venture at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Sebring, marking their debut competitive appearance in the United States.

The team encountered various challenges throughout the weekend, including a gearbox issue during the second free practice session, which prematurely concluded their run. Nevertheless, Kvyat’s efforts in qualifying placed the car 18th on the starting grid. The race saw the team overcoming a suspension issue, which ultimately did not deter them from finishing 14th, a position that was later elevated due to the disqualification of another competitor.

In the LMGT3 class, both the #60 Iron Lynx and #85 Iron Dames teams leveraged their preseason progress, with the #85 crew securing Lamborghini’s initial world championship points in eighth place, overcoming early setbacks. The #60 team concluded the race in 12th place, navigating through a late penalty.

Reflecting on the weekend, Mirko Bortolotti said: “Focusing on the positives, we’ve kicked off our journey in a remarkable way, achieving our goal of completing the race. This weekend served as an extensive learning opportunity for us, making it an excellent kickoff. Although we have a considerable amount of work ahead, we’re eager to tackle it, especially after gathering valuable data from this race in Qatar.”

Daniil Kvyat also mentioned that: “Crossing the finish line was crucial for us today, as it allowed us to gather essential information for everyone on the team, fulfilling our plan perfectly. It’s a promising beginning, laying down a solid foundation for us to build upon. I’m determined to climb to the pinnacle with this team, and that ambitious effort begins now.”

Edoardo Mortara: “After a lengthy and challenging week in Qatar, we’re thrilled to have finished the race. Despite the difficulties we faced in our WEC debut, it was rewarding to see that we could hold our own against the competition. There’s room for improvement, particularly in maximizing our car’s performance, but finishing the race reliably is a significant achievement. I’m excited about this project and eagerly anticipate our next race.”

Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer: “Completing our LMDh debut fills me with immense joy. It was a formidable challenge, but the successful finish signifies excellent teamwork and a solid baseline performance of our car. We acknowledge the need for significant enhancements to ensure consistency, but overall, I’m extremely pleased with our progress.”

 

 



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