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Old 04-18-2004, 06:16 PM   #5
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"18 April 2004…/The Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT entered the history books today, with the first ever podium finish for a Lamborghini in an international motor racing event. The third place finish for the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT at the FIA GT championship in Valencia, Spain, was the race debut for this new sports racing car, and demonstrated its performance potential against strong competition.

The Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT has been developed over an intensive nine-month period, which has taken this new sports racing car from the drawing board to a podium finish. The race weekend saw the car impress rivals with consistently strong performances in practice and qualifying sessions, lining up fifth on the grid and leading the race and finally finishing a creditable third.

Manfred Fitzgerald, Marketing Manager, Automobili Lamborghini, sums up the early success of the race programme saying, "We set out to build, develop and race the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT in less than a year, and prove its performance potential for prospective customers. We have worked hard to achieve this, but the results speak for themselves – we have produced a highly competitive car for today’s international sports car racing series.

"The Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT has shown its reliability, consistency and the strong performance we needed to have for delivering to our customers a car that we are proud of, and we are moving forward with our customer programmes which will see this car compete around the world."

Developed jointly with renowned race engineering company Reiter Engineering in Germany, and the expertise of parent company Audi’s sports division Audi Sport, the Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT will offer Lamborghini clients a highly competitive car with which to participate in global professional motorsport.

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