Lamborghini has officially announced its return to international motorsport, with the company’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirming this week plans to race the Gallardo in an FIA-sanctioned event.

Winkelmann didn’t reveal which GT3 series Lamborghini will enter, or how many cars it plans to field, but said the company is eying a global competition.  

Lamborghini isn’t the only premium brand looking to compete in GT3 races; fellow Volkswagen Group brand Bentley is expected to start racing this year using a version of its Continental GT ahead of a full motorsport program in 2014.  

Lamborghini will also have to face rival brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche in GT3 competition.

This year is shaping up to be very busy for Lamborghini, which has just announced a 30 percent increase in sales and will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary.   

The company will also be expanding its one-make Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series, with Winkelmann confirming the launch of a new American series. Following four seasons in Europe and the first season in Asia, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo has certainly made its mark as the only one-make series for all-wheel-drive cars.

In 2013, the series will run on three continents, entering the U.S. for the first time. The calendar for the new American series will be announced later in the year. Participants will be using the latest 2013 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo race car.