Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Round 7 & 8
VIR To Bring Out The Best in Drivers
Daytona Beach, Fla. -- The action is heating up in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America as the season has reached its halfway point.
As the teams and drivers head to VIRginia International Raceway this weekend for Rounds 7 & 8, there is still much to be decided over the final three stops of the year.
Corey Lewis and Richy Antinucci, in the No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte Huracan EVO, come into VIR with the lead in the PRO Class. They had won three consecutive races before a pair of podium finishes at Road America. They hold a nine-point lead over Andrea Amici and Sandy Mitchell (No. 1 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus). That pair won both races at Road America to get back into the championship hunt.
"Finally, we put it all together, and we did a mega weekend in Road America, recovering important points for the standings," Amici said. "We must use these in the best way possible at this moment, and keep pushing. Currently, we are second place in the championship, so we need other wins. Virginia will be a hard challenge. It's a technical track that Sandy and I are not familiar with. But that is true for us at all the tracks this year. We want to repeat another weekend, like Road America."
Mitchell is looking forward to his first time visiting VIR.
"It's my first time racing at VIR, but it was also my first time at Road America, and we achieved a pole, two wins and a lap record, so I seem to be able to pick up tracks quickly," he said. "I think the biggest challenge at VIR will be adapting to the levels of commitment needed through the fast corners like 'the eases' but this is something I am looking forward to. It also seems difficult to overtake so qualifying will be necessary. I've been training on the simulator, so I feel prepared and ready to go for victory at VIR."
Damon Ockey and Jacob Eidson (No. 09 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Vancouver) lead the PRO-AM Class as they have won five of the six races to date in 2019. They have a 33-point advantage of William Hubbell, who drives the No. 69 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus entry.
"I never want to count my chickens before they are hatched, but we are sitting pretty good," Ockey said. "We are going to push and do the best we can the rest of the season."
"We just need to keep doing what we have been doing the rest of the year and see what happens as we try and finish off the class championship," Eidson added.
There is a lot to be decided in the AM Class as the top three drivers continue to battle for the top spot. McKay Snow in the No. 63 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte entry leads the field with 81 points after he has won three of the six races. Cameron Cassels (No. 33 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus) won for the first time in 2019 at Road America but a consistent season has him in second with 67 points. Newcomer Steven Aghakhani (No. 6 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills) has made a splash in the last four races as he won both at Watkins Glen and then secured podium finishes at Road America. The 16-year-old is third in the points with 54.
"All of the hard work the crew at Wayne Taylor Racing put into the Lamborghini Huracan preparing and supporting it for the Road America weekend showed on Saturday and Sunday," Cassels said. "We have proven in each of the races so far this season that we are a threat for the win. Now we have to put our heads down and try for another win at VIR."
The chase for the LB Cup title tightened up at Road America. The duo of Ashton Harrison and Stephanie Cemo from Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus have closed in on class leader Mel Johnson (No. 08 GMG Racing, Lamborghini Newport Beach). They are now just two points shy of Johnson as he holds a 62-60 lead. Johnson won the first four races of the season but was unable to compete at Road America. The No. 43 earned a fourth and a second-place finish over the weekend to close the gap. Jeffrey Cheng (No. 88 GMG Racing, Lamborghini Newport Beach) is in third with 58 points while Randy Sellari (No. 3 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini North Los Angeles) is fourth with 56.
"I feel like Stephanie, and I continue to prove that we are capable of winning," Harrison said. "Even though the drive-thru penalty after I took the lead in class was a challenge for us, we survived in second. It gave us the points we needed as we look ahead. We're keeping our heads up as we continue to push onward to VIR and Laguna Seca."
The weekend of racing at VIR for Super Trofeo gets started with a pair of practice sessions Friday and the qualifying for both of the 50-minute races is Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The first race is 4:45 p.m. on Saturday with Sunday's race starting at 10:55 a.m. (all times listed are EDT).
Those races will be streamed on IMSA.tv or squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming with IMSA Radio commentary. NBCSN will be broadcasting this round from VIR on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. EDT.