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Lamborghini Diablo To Contest ALMS GT Series

Could Lamborghini be considering a return to racing in the USA? According to Autosport Magazine (UK), this could very well be the case initially as a Diablo entered by the USVICI Racing Team as it prepares for late season competition in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

The Diablo, set up for competition in the GT class, was developed from a GTR-S single make racecar. It was tested for the first time last week by former Grand Prix driver Gaston Mazzacone at Hockenheim.

Sources suggest that the Lamborghini could make its ALMS debut at Mosport on August 17th or later at Elkhart Lake at the end of August.

“Lamborghini has assisted us with this care and we have big plans for the future, but I can’t say anything more,” said team owner Ron Meixner to Autosport Magazine.

One not so well kept secret is that Lamborghini is keen to get back into racing, and the semi-factory involvement on this particular Diablo surely points towards a more serious factory-backed effort in 2004 if the decision makers in Sant Agata Bolognese like what they see.

Certainly, any continued effort by Lamborghini would mean a switch to a current product; either the Murcielago or the new Gallardo. Either car could be made to work, but one must wonder if savings could be achieved via economies of scale should Audi also choose to contest the GT series with their own sports car rumored to share significant componentry with the Gallardo.

http://www.viciracing.com



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