Bortolotti among Grasser drivers as team finalizes foursome – Sportscar365
Grasser Racing Team has finalized its roster of four drivers for the 2022 DTM season, including factory Lamborghini Squadra Corse ace Mirko Bortolotti.
Rolf Ineichen, Alessio Deledda and previously announced Clemens Schmid will also drive for the Austrian team which will field a quartet of Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos.
Bortolotti made a one-time appearance with T3 Motorsport at Assen last season and claimed Lamborghini’s first-ever DTM podium in the weekend’s opening race.
The Italian is now set for his first full season in the German series, driving the team with which he won the 2017 Blancpain GT Series title and last year represented the ADAC GT Masters.
The other three members of the Grasser driving team are completely new to the DTM, although both Ineichen and Schmid have experience in Lamborghini machinery.
Deledda, meanwhile, is new to GT racing as a single-seater who graduated from the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
The 27-year-old Italian, who started his motorcycling career, has been signed as an official junior for Squadra Corse ahead of his debut campaign in sportscars.
“I am extremely pleased to confirm our line-up for the 2022 DTM season,” commented GRT Team Principal Gottfried Grasser.
“It will be an exciting year for us as a team and I’m really proud to have Mirko and Rolf on board. They have been an integral part of our team for many years and have contributed to some of our greatest successes.
“I am proud of what we have achieved together and I can’t wait to see what will happen in the DTM.
“Alessio, on the other hand, is new to our team and we are just as eager to see him grow and evolve as a driver in one of our cars. He is very committed and the DTM is definitely the right stage for his career.
“With Clemens having been signed from the start, we have a very competitive line-up at our disposal. We want to fight for the podiums as soon as possible and I am convinced that we have everything in place to achieve this goal.
It is understood that Lamborghini is expected to be represented by two teams in the DTM, with T3 Motorsport set to continue alongside the incoming Grasser team.
Ahead of his DTM debut, Grasser appointed former production driver and race winner Manuel Reuter as sporting director and team manager.
“We are looking forward to the coming season and are working hard with GRT to get off to the best possible start,” commented Lamborghini motorsport manager Giorgio Sanna.
“The DTM is a very popular and prestigious championship which involves the best automotive brands, top teams and very strong
drivers, and we are determined to fight for the top positions thanks to our winning Huracans, an experienced team like GRT and a team of talented drivers.