Lamborghini presents its first Esports Team for virtual races and announces the three official drivers of the simulator

Jordan Sherratt, Gianfranco Giglioli and Giorgio Simonini will represent the Sant’Agata Bolognese brand at the SRO Esports Championships

Sant’Agata Bolognese, April 6, 2022 – Reinforcing its commitment to the esports scene with a factory team, Lamborghini has unveiled the three sim drivers who will represent the brand during the 2022 season in international sim racing competitions.

Lamborghini decided to create its own factory team to build on the valuable experience gained from The Real Race, the virtual one-make championship that debuted in 2020. The Esports Team represents yet another opportunity to expand the brand’s presence in a constantly developing sector. , highly competitive, and offers the possibility of experiencing emotions comparable to those of a real race.

The three sim drivers chosen to represent the brand in major international Esports competitions are Jordan Sherratt, Gianfranco Giglioli and Giorgio Simonini.

Sherratt, born in South Africa in 1999, earned his place in the Lamborghini Esports team thanks to his success in the latest edition of The Real Race, winning fifteen of the seventeen races and taking nine of the ten pole positions. The dominator of the second edition of the Lamborghini Esports championship for the EMEA region, who turned heads after his third place finish in 2020, is the perfect standard-bearer for the team, both because of the skills he has shown in competition over the past two seasons and because of the be a big fan of the Lamborghini brand.

“Being chosen by Lamborghini to be the official Sim driver still feels like a dream,” Sherratt commented. “All the hard work and sacrifice I have put in behind the scenes has been recognized and I can finally live my dream! I want to thank Lamborghini for trusting me to represent their prestigious brand.”

The second talent selected is Gianfranco Giglioli, a 24-year-old Italian-Venezuelan driver already well established in the world of sim racing. He was one of the first virtual drivers to participate in the Formula 1 Esports Series and finished eighth in the inaugural season. In 2020, Giglioli placed fifth in the first edition of The Real Race, and that same year he won the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Italia.

Completing the lineup is 22-year-old Italian sim racer Giorgio Simonini. His list of achievements includes first place in the Sim Grid World Cup 2020 and fourth place in the SRO Esports 2020 championship, results that make him one of the most promising drivers in virtual racing.

Sherratt and Giglioli will compete together in the GT World Challenge Esports Sprint Series Europe, with Simonini joining the pair to form the 2022 GT Challenge Esports Endurance Intercontinental Championship team.

The Sprint calendar consists of five races and starts on April 6 with the Misano race. The last appointment is set for August 3, with the grand final scheduled for the virtual version of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge Esports Series kicks off on April 16 with the Bathurst 12 Hours, the famous Australian endurance race. Here, too, there are five rounds on the schedule, with the competition concluding on August 27 with the 9 Hours of Kyalami.

Sherratt, Giglioli and Simonini have already started training to prepare for the first events on the calendar, sharing important information on driving and set-up. The three simulator drivers will be supported throughout the season by Squadra Corse staff, who are dedicating a team manager, a driver trainer and engineers to the project to offer their expertise in the development and analysis of telemetry data, from track up to the virtual simulation. .

Automobili Lamborghini Motorsport Director Giorgio Sanna expressed his satisfaction with the launch of this exciting new project: “Sim racing is an important platform in today’s motorsports scene. Video games were born to allow those who did not have the opportunity to compete in real life to pose as professional pilots. Now, after several decades of development in the industry, simulated racing is getting closer and closer to its real-life counterpart and now has nothing to envy professional motorsport. Furthermore, sim racing is an additional tool for us to develop some of the fundamental aspects of real racing, such as car set-up and software applications that will play an important role in the future of our brand.”

Lamborghini has also confirmed the return of The Real Race for 2022. The dates for the third edition of the Lamborghini Esports one-make series will be announced in the coming weeks.