The Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship started its strongest season ever at Circuit of The Americas, also the home to the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix. A record number of 30 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVOs were entered, with more teams and Lamborghini dealerships involved than ever before.
The improved level of competition was on full display, as the two races were won by different entries in all four classes.
Richard Antinucci, a two-time Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Pro class champion, returned to the series after sitting out all of 2020 and immediately won Saturday’s first race in the No. 27 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Las Vegas Huracán. The following day, Madison Snow – the 2020 Pro champion – went to victory lane with co-driver Stevan McAleer in the No. 16 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte Huracán, a day after placing runner-up.
“Perfect day, perfect start to the season,” Antinucci said after his win. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity to race for such a great team and group of guys like Dream Racing, and to race the Lamborghini Super Trofeo cars that are such excellent beasts to drive. I have experience in the series but I was off for a year, so I wasn’t sure what level I could come back to. And with just one day testing, this incredible team got us to the top. I’m really, really happy to be here and start this way.”
“We had the car up front both races, we’re leading the championship and super excited,” McAleer said. “This is my first win in the Pro class. It’s going to be a good season.”
In the ProAm division, Bryan Ortiz and Brandon Gdovic won Saturday in the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán. Gdovic held off Victor Gomez IV (No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte) by 0.484 seconds in a spirited battle to the checkered flag.
“Bryan kind of did all the work there at the beginning of the race,” Gdovic said. “I just hopped in in the lead because he did such a nice job. We had a good battle with the (No.) 29 there at the end. ... Awesome to come home with a win the first race of the season.”
Gomez, who won the 2020 Am class title by winning all 10 races, drove to the ProAm victory in Sunday’s race.
“Change Racing gave me a great setup for the long run,” said Gomez, who finished second on Saturday. “The weather was rain-dry-rain-dry, but I’m really happy to be here on the top step. I think we were ready for dry or wet. I enjoyed getting up to rhythm in the Am class (in 2020). We had a really good season and are Am champions, and now we’re here going for the (ProAm) championship.”
Giano Taurino, making the series debut for himself and his family-owned team, was the Am class winner in the No. 88 Taurino Racing, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán.
“It feels good. I was pushing for a better overall (finish), but the fact that I’m here is already enough of an award,” Taurino said.
In Sunday’s Am race, Ashton Harrison (No. 25 Harrison Contracting with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus) took advantage of pitting as soon as the mandatory window opened and she went on to her first series win over Alan Metni (No. 99 Kelly-Moss Road and Race, Lamborghini Dallas), who recovered nicely from a Lap 1 spin to take second place.
“My team made really big changes overnight and it was a great race,” Harrison said. “The car was great, it was consistent throughout the entire stint and a great way to start the year.”
Finally, in LB Cup, Matt Dicken (No. 36 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte) notched his second career win on Saturday, crossing the finish line 7.739 seconds ahead of newcomer Bill Peluchiwski (No. 62 Kelly-Moss Road and Race, Lamborghini San Francisco). Peluchiwski came back to win Sunday’s race.
“It’s a great way to start the season,” Dicken said. “I think I definitely have more confidence and am doing a little better job on the starts than what I’ve done in the past. It’s been a lot of hard work so it’s nice to get a reward for the team.”
After not racing competitively for more than five years, Peluchiwski was elated with his triumph in Race 2, which was also the first for the new Kelly-Moss team.
“It feels good to be back in the car,” Peluchiwski said. “It’s good to get some confidence back and try to race a little bit better. It was pretty slippery at the start, so I had to adjust some settings and use traction control more effectively. Then it started to dry and I kind of turned it back and was able to keep the tires and able to pass the people ahead of me. Very happy to get the first win here for Kelly-Moss and myself.”
The next doubleheader round for Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America takes place June 4-6 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.