Thirty-One Cars Competed at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California
Different Winners in Every Class for the Two Races
All Cars Using the New Evo2 Specification Huracán Super Trofeo
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America opened its most exciting calendar to date over the weekend at one of the most iconic road courses in the United States, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.
The 2022 season is the 10th for the single-make series using the popular Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo cars, all now featuring the Evo2 updates that include improved aerodynamics and braking, as well as a sleeker look. Thirty-one cars were entered at WeatherTech Raceway, setting a record for the North American series. The previous best was 30 entries in last year’s opening round at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
WeatherTech Raceway fans were rewarded by the typical great competition in Lamborghini Super Trofeo, with different winners in each class from the first race to the second.
In the Pro class, Danny Formal and Kyle Marcelli, co-drivers of the No. 1 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán, captured the Race 1 victory on Saturday. Formal completed an electrifying pass for the lead while racing up the hill toward the famous Corkscrew turn on the opening lap that proved decisive.
“I think it’s the best pass of my life,” Formal said “I risked it. I saw the opportunity to go and I went. I’m so thankful for Kyle, the whole team, Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing for the opportunity. The car was fantastic; they gave us a great car to race.”
The drivers of the car that Formal passed in Race 1, the No. 50 O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/USRT, Lamborghini Beverly Hills Huracán, made sure the same didn’t happen in Race 2 on Sunday. Once he got into the lead following the mandatory pit stops, Patrick Kujala kept the No. 50 ahead of the No. 1 and collected the Pro and overall win for him and co-driver Edoardo Piscopo.
“Of course, I was not happy yesterday,” admitted Kujala, the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe champion. “When I saw him behind me today, I knew he would catch me. But I know that Laguna is very hard to overtake, so I knew as long as I don’t do any mistakes, it would be very hard for him to overtake me.”
“I’m very happy with the result and very pleased with the team.”
In the ProAm class, Tom Long and Ashton Harrison (No. 25 Harrison Contracting with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán), won Saturday’s race. On Sunday, Bryson Lew and John Dubets (No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán) took class honors.
Long is Harrison’s long-time driver coach but this year is his first as her teammate.
“We’ve been working together for a long time and it is so much fun to finally be driving with her,” Long said. “Handed her a great car (in Race 1) and she took it to the front and killed it.”
Dubets took the Race 2 ProAm lead with 11 minutes left in the race and rolled away to a convincing 12-second victory.
“Once we caught the lead car, we knew we had the pace and we just had to get the job done,” Dubets said. “Once we got by, we just had to keep it clean and make it to the end. Very fortunate to have such good equipment under us. We have to thank PPM for that.”
Race 1 honors in Am went to David Staab and Nikko Reger in the No. 48 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán. Reger passed for the lead with six minutes to go and was elated with the triumph.
“We’re in the California sunshine racing Lamborghinis; it doesn’t get any better than this!” he exclaimed. “To take home a win, that’s just the cherry on top.”
Am driver Cam Aliabadi (No. 17 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Walnut Creek Huracán) took a dramatic path to victory in Race 2. He was passed for the lead on the penultimate lap but recovered and retook first place on the final lap and won by 0.795 seconds.
“That last lap, I had to nosedive,” Aliabadi said. “I lost the lead on that last turn (approaching the white flag), so coming down to the hairpin there, I was like, ‘I’m just gonna go for it.’ It felt really good.”
In LB Cup, Wesley Slimp and Tyler Hoffman (No. 9 TPC Racing, Lamborghini Washington Huracán) won Race 1, with Slade Stewart (No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán) leading flag-to-flag to take Race 2.
“We’ve been really looking forward to this in the offseason and we’re really excited about the opportunity to be here racing with Lamborghini and the Super Trofeo series with the new car,” Hoffman said. “This win means a ton to us. This is the goal and we’re hoping to see a lot more of this this year.”
Following his Race 2 win, Stewart said, “It was a lot of fun, a lot of hard work. We’ve got a very competitive grid out there – Pro, ProAm, Am and LB. It’s a great day. I couldn’t have done it without Flying Lizard Motorsports; it’s awesome to have them back in the paddocks at IMSA.”
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America returns to action May 20-22 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. It’s a change in venue from the originally released schedule that had the weekend set for Ozarks International Raceway, but delays in completing the Missouri track forced the move to NOLA.