- North American competitors will run rounds 11 and 12 of final competition as well as the World Final at Imola
- Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini continue to lead the Pro category championship
- Pro-Am competition is tight with only one point separating first and second place drivers
- LB Cup champion JC Perez moves up into Pro-Am with co-driver Corey Lewis
SANT'AGATA, Bolognese (Nov. 13, 2017) – Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America competitors enjoyed a brief respite from the last round of competition held at Laguna Seca in late September, but with the championships looming on the horizon, all eyes are focused on the final two rounds of competition, followed by the World Final in Imola, Italy Nov. 16-18
Rounds 11 and 12 will culminate the season and crown champions in four categories, Pro, Pro-Am. Amateur (Am) and Lamborghini Cup, recognizing the breadth of talent in the Super Trofeo field.
In a series that provides exciting action for professional and aspiring professional drivers, the Imola circuit provides a unique perspective, as it's one of the few tracks to run counterclockwise.
Due to significant revisions in 2007, which returned most of the circuit to its original, fast, flowing configuration and earned it an FIA Grade 1 license, Imola is 4.909-km (3.050-mile), 17-turn course that boasts the flat-out Tamburello chicane complex.
The series competitors will learn the circuit and dial in their Huracáns in two full days of testing Nov. 13-14. The North American competitors will share track time with the Asian series for practice and two 50-minute races. Race 1 is scheduled to start at 9:25 a.m. (CET) Friday, Nov. 17, with Race 2 running that same afternoon at 1:30 p.m. One practice will take place Thursday at 10:50 a.m., followed by an independent qualifying session that afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
The World Final, where the Super Trofeo North America, Europe and Asia series will converge to battle for the right to be named World Champion, will begin Saturday, Nov. 18.
The North American series has become an important rung of the Lamborghini racing ladder, featuring some of the most competitive and thrilling sportscar racing action across the U.S. And as the season heads overseas for its completion, fans can expect the competition to escalate with series championships on the line.
In the Pro category, the dynamic duo of Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini of Prestige Performance for Lamborghini Paramus have strengthened their championship lead with a second-place finish in Round 9 at Laguna Seca and a victory in Round 10, pushing them 28 points ahead of veteran driver Richard Antinucci. The No. 11 entry has only finished off the podium once in 10 rounds of series competition, making them a formidable presence at Imola.
Adding to the quality of the Pro category line up, Dutch driver Jeroen Mul will be jumping into a Change Racing entry for Lamborghini Carolinas to put pressure on Hindman and Agostini and shake up the competition.
Brandon Gdovic, who is currently fifth in the Pro point standings and fourth in the Pro-Am championship will be looking to make a move up in the No. 130 entry for DAC Motorsports and Lamborghini Palm Beach. He is coming from a victory and second-place finish in category from Laguna Seca and is well positioned to gain ground against his competitors.
In Pro-Am competition, the top three in competition are still in lockstep and only separated by only 23 points, guaranteeing that competition will be fierce in the final two rounds.
Edoardo Piscopo and teammate and co-driver Taylor Proto are leading the standings in the No. 150 entry for US RaceTronics representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills, but they will need to stay sharp as young Austin Versteeg is merely one point behind and determined to make his mark in the series as he is entering the final weekend with five consecutive victories to his credit in the No. 116 entry, which will be fielded this weekend by Change Racing for Lamborghini Carolinas.
And to make things even more interesting, the Pro-Am category will welcome two new entries with driver JC Perez and his driver coach Corey Lewis moving up from LB Cup into the Pro-Am category, racing for Antonelli Motorsports and Lamborghini Broward. Perez has already locked up the LB Cup Championship for the season, and is looking to expand his horizons with guidance from veteran Corey Lewis in the Pro-Am category.
The second newcomer is driver Sheena Monk, a graduate of the 2017 Lamborghini Corse Pilota Program. She will be joined by seasoned Pro Katherine Legge in the No. 111 entry for Prestige Performance representing Lamborghini Paramus. Legge, a veteran driver with prestigious open-wheel and sportscar credentials, will bolster Monk's skill and racecraft and ensure that the duo will make a formidable challenge.
And while the points were exceedingly tight in the Am category leading into Rounds 9 and 10, they have loosened up to a full 15-point spread among the top three drivers, which seems extensive given how tight the competition has been all season.
First year competitor Yuki Harata has continued his impressive winning streak and heads to Imola fresh from two consecutive wins in class in his No. 155 entry for Dream Racing Motorsport and Lamborghini Las Vegas. He has expanded his lead over Emmanuel Anassis in the No. 118 DAC Motorsports entry of Lamborghini Palm Beach by 12 points, improving his position heading into the last race.
But Anassis is far from comfortable, as the No. 117 entry of Brian Thienes with US RaceTronics representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills is merely three points behind, proving that he is still well entrenched in the championship battle and should not be counted out.
In only its second full season of competition, the LB Cup Championship is designed to provide an optimal environment for drivers who are new to professional racing.
As category Champion JC Perez moves up to the Pro-Am category for the weekend, the No. 12 entry of Ryan Hardwick for Dream Racing Motorsport and Lamborghini Atlanta will take point in the category, looking to secure second place in the championship.
Hard on Hardwick's heels will be the No. 188 entry of Mark Proto and Parris Mullins of US RaceTronics and Lamborghini La Jolla. The two are currently fourth in the championship, but hoping for big gains as third place entry Paul Terry will not be running.
Cameron Cassels will also be making his debut in a Lamborghini Cup entry for Prestige Performance and Lamborghini Paramus, after a successful outing at Laguna Seca with two podium finishes in the Pro-Am category.
Rounds 11 and 12 will be live-streamed on squadracorse.lamborghini.com.
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 Super Trofeo North America event in the Lamborghini Village, which features lavish hospitality and amenities.
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2017 LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA SCHEDULE
Circuit of The Americas
June 29-July 1
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Elkhart Lake, Wis.
VIRginia International Raceway
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari