Lamborghini has launched the first Factory Sports team for virtual racing

Lamborghini announced on Wednesday its first factory-backed sports team, including three drivers who will compete in the SIM race.

Those drivers are Jordan Sherat, Gianfranco Giglioli and Giorgio Simonini, Lamborghini announced in a press release. All three bring significant sim-racing experience to the table.

Sherat, 23, of South African descent, dominated the final season of Lamborghini’s One-Make Virtual Racing series, “The Real Race.” He has won 15 of 17 races and taken nine pole positions out of 10.

2022 Lamborghini esports drivers (l to r): Jordan Sherat, Giorgio Simonini, Gianfranco Giglioli

2022 Lamborghini esports drivers (l to r): Jordan Sherat, Giorgio Simonini, Gianfranco Giglioli

Giglioli, a 24-year-old Venezuelan, finished eighth in the opening season of the Formula One sports series, fifth in the opening season of “The Real Race” in 2020, and the same year Porsche won the Sports Carrera Cup Italy.

Coming from Italy, the 22-year-old Simonini won the Sim Grid World Cup 2020 and finished fourth at the SRO Esports Championships that year.

Sherratt and Giglioli will compete in the GT World Challenge Esports Sprint Series in Europe; Simonini will join them for the 2022 Intercontinental GT Challenge Sports Endurance Championship, Lamborghini said.

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo esports

Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo esports

The sprint series has five races and will start on April 6 with a virtual race on the Misano circuit in Italy. The last race in a digital version of Manjar is scheduled for August 3 The Intercontinental GT Challenge series kicks off on April 16 with 12 hours of Bathurst, a virtual version of the legendary Australian endurance race. There are also five horse races on the calendar, which will end on August 27 with 9 Hours of Kealami.

The three drivers will be supported by the same Squadra Course Division that runs Lamborghini’s real-world racing programs (and occasionally builds track cars), the automaker noted, complete with a dedicated team of principals, driver instructors and engineers.

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