Cecotto part of the Lamborghini Young Driver Program
Lamborghini Squadra Corse has unveiled the new intake of drivers into its Young Driver and GT3 Junior Programs for the 2020 season. A total of 34 drivers has been announced, making it the most comprehensive development programme in GT racing.
A key element of the racing division of Automobili Lamborghini, the brand’s Youngster Programs have provided up-and-coming drivers a tangible career path into the world of GT racing since 2014, courtesy of its Young Driver Program and GT3 Junior Program.
The Young Drivers Program is dedicated to drivers under 26 engaged in each of the four Lamborghini Super Trofeo championships held globally; the GT3 Junior Program is the next step, reserved to drivers racing in the GT championships worldwide behind the wheel of the Huracán GT3 Evo.
The most impressive drivers within the programs will be invited to participate in a final selection shoot-out held within the end of the year in Italy. And the drivers of each program who impress the selection panel the most during the three day evaluation, will go on to receive official support from Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the 2020 season.
Led by former Lamborghini Factory Driver Raffaele Giammaria, the Youngsters Programs offer a complete package for young talent, from media management to on-track instruction without neglecting physical preparation, under the tutoring of Emanuele Pirro, five times 24 Hours of Le Mans winner. The Young Driver Program
The bulk of this year’s intake come from Super Trofeo Europe, the one-make championship reserved for Lamborghini Huracán ST Evos, with three of the 16 members coming from Super Trofeo North America.
Divided into two parts, the Young Driver Program members are selected by Giammaria and observed throughout the season by their respective Lamborghini championships before being assessed at the end of the year.
The most promising driver from the assessment is picked following the culmination of a bespoke test and gets promoted to the GT3 Junior Programme, which offers a Factory supported drive in a regional GT championship. Full List of Young Driver Program Members
Steven Aghakhani (17) - USA Sebastian Balthasar (23) – Germany Dorian Boccolacci (21) - France Jonathan Cecotto (21) - Venezuela Jacob Eidson (25) - USA Damiano Fioravanti (24) - Italy Raul Guzman (20) – Mexico Patrick Liddy (23) - USA Stuart Middleton (20) – UK Elias Niskanen (20) - Finland Marcus Påverud (20) - Norway Guillem Pujeu (19) - Spain Kevin Rossel (25) - Denmark Vincent Schwartz (23) - Germany Yuri Wagner (19) – Luxembourg Max Weering (20) – Netherlands