2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Championship Continues with First Visit to Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 2, 2016) - The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American series is making a new stop on its North American tour with its first visit to Road America for Rounds 5 and 6 of the championship Aug. 5-7.
It's only appropriate after an exciting first four rounds of the 2016 season, one of the fastest one-make series is heading to one of the fastest permanent road courses in North America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
There will be two 50-minute sprint races on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit. Race 1 will start at 5:50 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Aug. 6, with Race 2 at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Two practices will take place Thursday, Aug. 5, with qualifying at 8:35 a.m. Friday.
Racing in the series is divided into separate podiums, recognizing the breadth of talent in the Super Trofeo field. After each race, there is a podium for the top three finishers overall and the Pro-Am, Amateur and Lamborghini Cup divisions. The championship provides exciting action for professional and aspiring professional drivers alike.
The North American series has become an important rung of the Lamborghini racing ladder, propelling teams and drivers into some of the most competitive and prestigious racing series worldwide.
The championships in each division are starting to take shape after four round of racing action.
Shinya Michimi has emerged as a force, winning three of the four rounds so far this season. His Prestige Performance team has dominated three straight races, including an impressive 28.124-second victory in Round 4 at Watkins Glen and two 1-2 podium finishes with Michimi and his teammates in the No. 10 Prestige Performance Huracán, Craig Duerson and Trent Hindman.
The impressive overall finishes by Duerson and Hindman have vaulted them into a tie for first place with Brandon Gdovic, the 2015 Super Trofeo World Final Amateur champion. They each have three podium finishes, with Duerson and Hindman recording two class wins. But a DNF in Round 4 opened the door for Gdovic, who has produced solid finishes in each of the four rounds.
The Amateur division championship race has tightened even more after four rounds, with the top four drivers all within 10 points. Series veteran Damon Ockey leads the division with 52 points, followed by rookies Luis Rodriguez Jr. and the duo of David Askew and James Burke. Ockey and Rodriguez both produced overall podium finishes and split class wins at Watkins Glen over the Fourth of July weekend. Askew and Burke also earned their first podium finishes with a third-place results in both Rounds 3 and 4.
Series sophomore Ross Chouest leads the new Lamborghini Cup division. This is the inaugural season for the Lamborghini Cup class, for competitors starting their racing careers. Chouest has a perfect 60 points in the championship and leads Will James and Shawn Lawless.
The 2016 season features 10 rounds in North America at five iconic circuits. The season finale and final two rounds will be Dec. 1-4 at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, followed immediately by the World Final, where the Super Trofeo North America, Europe and Asia series will converge to battle for the right to be named a world champion.
All Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America events consist of two 50-minute sprint races.
The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a MoTeC control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 horsepower. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics.
Lamborghini and its dealers entertain VIP guests at every Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America event in the Lamborghini and Blancpain Village, which features lavish hospitality and amenities.