Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America

Mid-Ohio Race 1

The first race of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American series for 2018 began was closely contested in the first half before two full-field cautions helped decide the outcome at the 12-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race marked the beginning of the sixth edition of the Lamborghini one-make series in North American and the start here of the 10thseason worldwide of the series.

A total of 17 of the new HuracánSuper Trofeo Evo’s took the green flag with P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward’s Loris Spinelli leading the field to speed. Spinelli, and his teammate JC Perez, came into the race with the momentum after winning last week’s second race in the season-opening pair of races at Monza in Italy.

Spinelli jumped to the lead at the beginning with a fast start with the drop of the green flag on the backstretch. He drove the No. 71 to over a two second lead in the first six laps of the race. Madison Snow, in the No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Carolinas, closed the gap to just over a second over the next few laps as he was closely followed by Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus No. 1 of Trent Hindman.

Those close gaps continued until the mandatory pit window opened 20 minutes into the race. Spinelli decided to stay out and drove his Lamborghini onto pit lane with 23 minutes remaining to turn the car over to Perez. Shortly after that stop, the first full-field yellow occurred as the No. 7 Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus driven by Sheena Monk spun out in Turn 4. 

The caution time was extended to almost 16 minutes after the No. 1 of Jonathan Cecotto, who had taken over from Hindman, lost the rear right tire early during the full-field caution to take them out of contention.

On the re-start, Perez was back in the lead of a close battle with Corey Lewis in the No. 29 behind him in second place with Taylor Proto in the No. 50 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills trailing in third.

With three minutes remaining Lewis made a move to get around Perez and there was contact between the two that resulted in a tire puncture of the right rear tire on the No. 71 that sent the car spinning off the track. The incident resulted in the second full-field caution of the race and Lewis went on to drive to the overall and PRO victory under yellow. Brandon Gdovic drove the No. 46 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach to a second-place finish in the class along with teammate Shinya Sean Michimi while Proto and his teammate Edoardo Piscopo finished third.

With that incident, the No. 47 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach won the PRO-AM division with Dylan Murcott and Patrick Liddy earing the victory. The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus of Stevan McAleer and Randy Sellari finished second in the class.

Ryan Hardwick, the No. 2 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Atlanta, took the lead from the start in the AM division. Following the mandatory pitstops, the No. 09 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini of Damon Ockey grabbed the lead and held on to the class victory over the No. 67 PPM Lamborghini Beverly Hills of Shea Holbrook and Martin Barkey.

The LB CUP race was led from green-to-checkered by the No. 88 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini La Jolla team of Parris Mullins and Mark Proto. Mullins drove first and opened up a large gap before the first pit stop. After the yellow flag incident by Monk, the team easily went on to the win the class.

The weekend’s second race will take place Sunday morning at 10:25 a.m. with McAleer on the pole. It can be streamed live IMSA.TV, squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming and motortrendondemand.com.

DRIVERS’ QUOTES

Corey Lewis/Change Racing (1st overall and PRO):“It was a blast. It’s great to be back in the Super Trofeo series. It’s been about a year off in this series so to be back here and to be back with Change Racing is an amazing feeling. You have Lamborghini Charlotte and Eddie Littlefield here and to be teamed up with Madison is just great, continuing the momentum we had from the 12 Hours of Sebring together. It seems like we were able to capitalize on that and continue the winning form. Thank you to all my guys, this is just a great way to start off the year and we’ve got Race 2 tomorrow so I’m looking forward to that. All around, it’s great fun to be back here.”

Madison Snow/Change Racing (1st overall and PRO):“The start of the race, I definitely had a good run on Trent. I was in third right behind first and me and first place managed to time the start perfectly. Trent just got caught out so that was good for me. Once we started going and Trent was running behind me, I knew if he was the one ahead of me, I’d be just like him. It’s super difficult to pass here and he was on me the whole time. We came in (the pits) in second and did everything we could. Then Corey was the one that got in a secured the win for us.”

Dylan Murcott/PPM (1st PRO-AM):“It was a pretty good race today. Me and Patrick, we’ve never been here and we’ve never driven these cars before. We only got maybe 10 laps here in practice so this is pretty cool to win our first time here and I couldn’t be happier. I’m just hoping to repeat tomorrow really. I’ll be finishing tomorrow, Patrick will be starting so hopefully we can sweep the weekend.”

Patrick Liddy/PPM (1st PRO-AM):“It was a great race, an awesome season opener with the support of PPM Motorsports and my co-driver Dylan. He gave me a perfect car, we had an awesome driver change. We came out immediate pace, and unfortunately, we had a lot of yellows, but we made the most of it with a great restart and came out with a number one and P4 overall. So, so really happy with that first race.”

Damon Ockey/US RaceTronics (1st AM): “The race was awesome. Great group of drivers. The restart was a little crazy, there were six of us bunched up and there was a little bit of bumping going on but I think everyone did okay. My first race back after taking a year off, it was really, really fun to be back. It was an exciting race.

Parris Mullins/US RaceTronics (1st Lamborghini Cup):“First time here, kind of an intimidating track, but we walked away on the podium and just, really, really happy. A great way to start the season.”

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