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Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy  Blancpain, classicdriver.com and RM Auctions are delighted to announce the offering of the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 Racing Car, chassis 09825, at RM's upcoming Monaco sale, May 12 at the Grimaldi Forum.

Offered by luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, Blancpain, the Lamborghini on offer is the racing car in which Blancpain President and CEO, Marc A. Hayek, won the 2011 Amateur-Class championship in the ADAC GT Masters Series. 100 percent of proceeds from the vehicle's sale, including auction commissions, will be donated to AMM in its fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Built for competition by the Lamborghini Motorsport Department Reiter Engineering (DEU), this model Gallardo LP600 GT3 competed during the 2011 season in the Blancpain Endurance Series and in the ADAC GT Masters. Piloted by Marc A. Hayek and Peter Kox, it competed on some of Europe's most prestigious race tracks including the Autodromo Nazionale Monza (ITA), Silverstone (UK), Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) and Höckenheim (GER). It was indeed on the legendary Höckenheim circuit that Marc A. Hayek was crowned the 2011 amateur champion at the final of the ADAC GT Masters.

Blancpain was the first watch manufacturer to commit to supporting the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy. Over the past decade, the Manufacture in Le Brassus has aided AMM's endeavours through participation in various activities including the first 'Monthematic' projects in the early 2000s through to the latest Only Watch auction held in September 2011. Blancpain is now pleased to extend its support for AMM through the auction of this highly desirable Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 racing car.

Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy  

The 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 racing car joins more than 90 blue-chip automobiles at RM's upcoming Monaco sale on May 12. The weekend, which coincides with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, will also include the sale of more than 100 Ducati motorcycles on May 11. The two-day sale is expected to be one of the most important collector car and motorcycle auctions to be held in Europe this year.

Complete event details are available online at www.rmauctions.com or by calling +44 20 7851 7070. For those interested in participating in the auction but unable to attend in person, RM offers a wide range of remote bidding options, including absentee, Internet and telephone bidding, and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3: technical specifications

605 bhp 5.2-litre, mid-rear mounted D0HC V-10 engine with four valves per cylinder, six-speed sequential gearbox transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and hydraulic four-wheel disc ceramic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,560 mm (100.8')

Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Created in April 2001, Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies - AMM (Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) aims at collecting funds to finance research, organize scientific roundtables and improve the quality of life of the children, teenagers, and young adults affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Organizing scientific roundtables and International Collaborative Efforts (ICE), helping people suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to benefit from better medical care, Increasing public awareness of this genetic disease to better integrate in society these patients, promoting and accelerating the scientific and medical research to find treatments as fast as possible in order to slow down and eventually heal Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Blancpain has been making mechanical watches that set standards of excellence since 1735. A custodian of watchmaking tradition, Blancpain nevertheless seeks to surprise with its spirit of innovation and taste for the provocative. At Blancpain, respect for our own watchmaking tradition is not felt as a barrier to innovation. On the contrary, the past history of the Manufacture of Le Brassus is an inexhaustible source of ideas. This taste for boldness and provocation finds expression in the latest creations of the brand. With a high proportion of its components and tools designed and made in-house, training of specialists and craftsmen, manual assembly of each movement by a single watchmaker, the strength of the Manufacture lies in its capacity to create timepieces that are at once innovative and loyal to the grand Swiss watchmaking tradition.

classicdriver.com is the leading international online journal and marketplace for demanding, opinionated and affluent gentlemen – those who live the good life and are passionate about rare cars, remarkable products, art and collectibles. Since its launch in 1998, classicdriver.com has grown to be regarded as an influential online publication that reaches discerning readers and connoisseurs worldwide. The Classic Driver Marketplace offers one of the most exclusive selections of rare and valuable cars for sale around the globe, and from all periods of motoring history.

RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provides an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top 10 all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM's restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning 'Best of Show' honours at the world's top concours events. For further information, visit www.rmauctions.com.

**Photo caption: 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 Racing Car, chassis 09825 (credit: © Blanpain).

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