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Patric Niederhauser to line up in world's two strongest GT3 race series in 2016

Patric Niederhauser has the most challenging year of his motor racing career to date ahead of him. The Swiss driver will line up in the world's two strongest GT3 racing series during the 2016 season. He will enter a total of 16 races in the Blancpain GT Series and ADAC GT Masters, driving the spectacular Lamborghini Huracán GT3. The official Lamborghini GT3 junior will contest his races for successful German outfit Attempto Racing.

Niederhauser's season will kick off on the weekend of 8th-10th April in Misano when the first sprint race of the Blancpain GT series gets under way at the historic Italian circuit. The championship is a combination of Sprint Cup with 60-minute races and Endurance Cup consisting of long distance races. The 24-year-old will also head to Formula 1 circuits like Monza, Silverstone and the Hungaroring. In the ADAC GT Masters, Niederhauser will contest his first races in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on tracks that include the Nürburgring, Zandvoort and Hockenheim in fixtures lasting one hour each.

Patric, a gargantuan programme in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 lies ahead of you. What do you expect from the 2016 season?
I'm really looking forward to my first season in GT3 racing. I've never had so many races in one year before! It makes me very proud to line up as an official driver on the Lamborghini GT3 Junior Programme with Attempto Racing. The Blancpain GT Series and the ADAC GT Masters are the strongest GT3 series in the world without a shadow of a doubt. They attract the best sports car drivers from all around the world. I can hardly wait to go up against the GT3 motor racing elite.

You have already driven in the 24-hours of Le Mans and in formula racing series like the GP2. A completely fresh challenge now awaits you with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3. Have you already had a chance to familiarise yourself with the car?
Yes indeed, I've driven many different racing cars around the world in recent years. I drove in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo in 2015 and got to grips with cars that have a roof, which made the move into the Lamborghini Hurácan GT3 a little bit easier. Obviously, the GT3 version of this super sports car is a different kettle of fish. The GT3 Lamborghini has much more downforce and more powerful brakes. During testing, I was able to get more used to the car and explore its boundaries. I can truly say that the Lamborghini Hurácan GT3 not only looks cool, but is a real beast. Driving it is tremendous fun. I'm now looking forward to competing against as many as 50 other GT3 cars in races.

You are an official Lamborghini GT3 junior and the only Swiss driver on the programme. What does that mean to you?
It feels great to line up for such a famous manufacturer. Everyone dreams of driving a Lamborghini, don't they? Lamborghini can look back on a great motor racing heritage. I'm obviously very proud to have been selected for the GT3 junior programme which was set up in 2015 and is still in its infancy. I find it very exciting to be in on the ground floor as a part of this family. Lamborghini supports us and provides us with some great opportunities apart from the races themselves, such as acting as driving instructors, for example. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 is the first GT3 racing car to be developed in-house by Lamborghini. As a driver on the junior programme, I'm fully involved in the vehicle's development. It's extremely exciting to have been a part of this project from the very beginning.  

What are your sporting ambitions for the 2016 season?
It's not easy to answer that question. After all, I'm just about to start my very first seasons in the Blancpain GT Series and ADAC GT Masters. Both series are extremely competitive, and all the top drivers are in the line-up. Also, the first year with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will present our outfit with fresh challenges. I feel good about the whole team and have complete confidence in them. The tests went very well, but of course, teams and drivers never put all their cards on the table, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the first race. We want to produce some top performances and be among the front-runners. If we can be in contention to win podiums, so much the better.