Italian Driver Killed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Crash
- Andrea Mamé, 41, was killed in a crash Sunday morning in a race at Paul Ricard Circuit in France.
- Mamé was competing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.
- He was involved in a five-car crash that sent another driver to a hospital for treatment.
LE CASTELLET, France — Andrea Mamé, an Italian entrepreneur and racer, was killed in a crash Sunday at Circuit Paul Ricard in the opening lap of a Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race.
Five cars were involved in the crash. One of the drivers, Andrea Solimè, was taken by air ambulance to Sainte Musse hospital in Toulon. The other three were checked at the track medical center and released.
Mamé, 41, was driving the No. 11 SRP Motorsports Group Lamborghini. All further activities at the track were canceled after the crash.
Automobili Lamborghini said it will join circuit authorities in an investigation of the crash.
The death was the third in eight days in European road racing. GT sports racer Allan Simonsen, 34, was killed in a crash on the fourth lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and Wolf Sylvester, a 55-year-old racer, suffered a fatal heart attack during a touring car race at the Nurburgring in Germany the same day.
Mamé was competing in the opening event of round No. 4 of the European series for identically prepared racing cars based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo supercar. No other details of the crash were reported.
Mamé was chairman and CEO of the Mamé Group, founded in 2009, a manufacturer of steel forgings.
The Super Trofeo bills itself as "the fastest one-make series." Races for the Super Trofeo cars are staged in Europe, Asia and North America.
Mamé had two 4th-place finishes in previous rounds of the European series this year at Silverstone and Monza.
Drivers can rent race-ready cars, complete with support crew, for $35,000 for races in North America. The first round was held June 14-16 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, with the next round set for Friday and Saturday at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
Edmunds says: Yet another sad reminder of the danger that is always present in high-speed motor racing activities.