Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race Report from Watkins Glen International

Race 1:

The third round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series kicked off the weekend with a caution-free event run at the 11-turn, 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International.
A total of 16 HuracánSuper Trofeo Evos took the green flag with P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward’s Loris Spinelli leading the field to speed. Spinelli, and his teammate JC Perez, came into the race with momentum after winning last week’s first race in the pair of races at the Misano World Circuit in Italy.
Spinelli jumped to the lead with a fast start in the No. 71 and built a lead of more than three seconds over second place Trent Hindman in the No. 1 Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus entry over the first seven laps. Edoardo Piscopo driving the No. 50 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills machine rounded out the top three until the mandatory pit window opened on lap 11.
Spinelli pushed his drive time in the Lamborghini to the limit, pitting on lap 16 to turn the car over to his teammate JC Perez. The lap prior, Piscopo hit pit lane and turned the car over to his co-driver Taylor Proto in hopes of closing the gap on the leader.
Once the pit-stop cycle was complete, the No. 50 of Proto would come out in front of Perez’s No. 71 and hold the lead through the remainder of the race.  However, despite taking the checkered flag first, Proto and the No. 50 US RaceTronics team would not take home the overall trophy. The team was assessed a 7.5 seconds penalty for a short pit stop.
That post-race assessed penalty would hand the overall and ProAm class victory to Perez, Spinelli and the No. 71 P1 Motorsports team. Proto and Piscopo would settle for second, with Hindman and co-driver Jonathan Cecotto in the No. 1 completing the overall podium.
The overall finish was not the only one affected by penalties for a short pit stop.
The AM class saw Brian Thienes in the No. 17 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills cross the finish line first, but a 2.1-second penalty for a short pit stop would hand Ryan Hardwick in the No. 2 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Atlanta the class victory. Damon Ockey in the No. 09 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Calgary, who was also assessed a 1.8-second penalty for a short pit stop rounded out the AM class podium.
Brett Meredith in the No. 66 GMG Racing, Lamborghini Newport Beach led the LB Cup class at the drop of the green flag, but pitted on lap 12 while the No. 88 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini La Jolla of Parris Mullins continued. Mullins would extend his lead over the rest of the AM class and after pitting on lap 15, handing the No. 88 over to co-driver Mark Proto. Meredith would be unable to close the gap and would finish in second. Sheena Monk in the No. 7 Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus would round out the class podium.
JC Perez/ P1 Motorsports (1st Overall and PRO-AM):
“Our run today was super weird. We made a mistake at the pit stop and lost our lap and five seconds and I didn’t think I would be able to recover from that. I was able to push and fortunately the car in front of me had a penalty and it gave us the lead. It was a tough race and probably one of the best drives I have done in my life. My team P1, did an amazing job. The car was solid all the way through. Loris did an amazing job and unfortunately, we lost the lead to a bad pit stop. We are going to focus on tomorrow and continue to work. I want to thank Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and Pirelli for all the support and I can’t wait for the race tomorrow.
Taylor Proto/ US RaceTronics  (1st PRO):
“We had a pretty strong first half. Edoardo was able to get into his pace and move up a position. Then he was consistent and kept building our gap bit-by-bit. In our pit stop we had a bit of chaos as we had a miscalibrated pit stop timer. When we were released we were two seconds up and that mistake led to a seven-second penalty. I tried my hardest to mitigate that and sadly, we lost the overall lead but were able to keep the lead in our class. Hopefully that will be able to help us with the points race. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we are looking at tire and brake conservation. With the heat, we are definitely keeping the car in a good shape for the second half and that is going to be a key for a good result in the second half.”
Ryan Hardwick/ Dream Racing  (1st AM):
“That was an interesting race. I didn’t have the best start and then at the pit stop, I fell behind to third. I wasn’t sure how I fell to third, but the two cars in front of me went too fast in their pit stops on a penalty. So, my job on the last laps was to close and I was able to get around Damon Ockey and we had an amazing battle. It was good racing – back and forth. When I able to get around him, I was able to catch Brian (Thienes) and got on his bumper and stayed there as I knew we would get the win.”
Parris Mullins/ US Racetronics (1st LB Cup):

“The Glen is a really tough track. We raced here last year, but didn’t do any testing here leading up to this race. The rain was an issue so qualifying was when we were able to get out there and try to kill it. Brett Meredith did a great job on the start and I tried to make a move there and stayed behind him. When I handed the car over to Mark (Proto), he just killed it. He dealt really well with lap traffic and he kept that gap that we needed and because of him we brought it home. Big win for us and my teammate.”

Race 2:
It was quite the weekend for the Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus No. 1 driven by Trent Hindman and Jonathan Cecotto.
After a strong overall second place finish in Friday’s Round Three, which was also first in the Pro Class, the team followed that with their first victory of the season with a strong run throughout the 50-minute Round Four race at Watkins Glen International Saturday.
Cecotto started on the outside of Row 1 and avoided an incident in the first turn as polesitter Shinya Sean Michimi (No. 46 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach) suffered damage to his suspension after contact which placed him, and his team, at the back of the field for the remainder of the race.
Cecotto made a bold pass in the famous Esses of the iconic 3.4-mile circuit to take a lead that the team would basically not give up the rest of the race. Hindman took over on the mandatory pit stop with 28 minutes remaining and was challenged by the No. 71 P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward driven by Loris Spinelli. Spinelli cut the gap to just over a second, but Hindman pulled away in the closing laps and won by 4.234 seconds.
Corey Lewis and Madison Snow (No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte) finished third but will remain on top of the class standings with 48 points. That gives the pair a two-point lead of Taylor Proto and Edorado Piscopo (No. 50 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills) who finished second Saturday. Brandon Gdovic and Michimi are still in third with 43 points followed by Hindman and Cecotto who now have 35.
Spinelli and his teammate, JC Perez, earned their third consecutive class win as they finished first in the Pro Am class outlasting the No. 47 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach entry driven by Pippa Mann and Patrick Liddy. The victory increased their class standing lead to seven points (58-51) over Liddy.
Ryan Hardwick, in the No. 2 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Atlanta, continued his dominance of Watkins Glen as he won for the second time this weekend in the Am Class and for the fourth time in his career.
He overcame sliding back into third place midway through the race to finish the victory off by passing Brian Thienes (No. 17 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills) late in the race. He increased his class lead to seven over Damon Ockey (No. 09 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Calgary), who finished third, and nine over Thienes.
In the LB Cup, Brett Meredith in the No. 66 GMG Racing, Lamborghini Newport Beach won his first race. He made the most of his first weekend in the series as he finished second Friday after starting on the pole and turned the pole into his first career victory Saturday.
Mark Proto and Parris Mullins in the No. 88 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini La Jolla finished third but remained on top of the class standings with 57 points. Sheena Monk, driver of the No. 7 Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Paramus, finished second in the race and remains in second in the standings.
Following the weekend’s results P1 Motorsports leads the team competition with 45 points, staying ahead of Change Racing by the slimmest of margins as they have 44. US RaceTronics is in third with 40.
The dealer competition is led by Lamborghini Charlotte with 44 followed by Broward with 42 and Beverly Hills with 38.
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series now moves to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on the first weekend of August. Round 5 of the 2018 season is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 at 2:05 pm CDT with Round 6 set for Sunday, August 5 at 10:55 a.m. CDT.
Trent Hindman / Wayne Taylor Racing (1st overall and PRO):
“It was nerve-wracking to say the least. I think I overdrove the tire at the end and tried to hang on. We were a little disappointed with our race yesterday. But the Wayne Taylor boys and the Prestige Performance guys grinded all night and gave us a great car. That start from Jonathan was mega, and I mean a pass on the outside of the Esses, are you kidding me? That was a great move and it was a great race by the whole team.”
Jonathan Cecotto/ Wayne Taylor Racing (1st overall and PRO):
“The start was pretty tight as I had a car on the right and the left. Coming up to the Esses I knew I had to pass or get passed so I just went for it.”
JC Perez/ P1 Motorsports (1st PRO-AM):
“It was a pretty rough run today. We had some tire issues. The car was just not stopping or turning right. We were able to work through the problems and were able to get a P2 overall and first in class. P1 did a great job again and Loris did an amazing job. We can’t win them all, but we sure can try. We have been testing and driving a lot and the more I drive the more confidence I get.
Loris Spinelli / P1 Motorsports (1st PRO-AM):
“Today second position was OK. It was hot out there today. Congratulations to my teammate and thank you to Lamborghini Super Trofeo and P1 Motorsports for this opportunity.”
Ryan Hardwick / Dream Racing  (1st AM):
“That one we had to work for and that one we had to do the old fashion way. I made a terrible decision in the pits. I was in second and the leader pit in. My crew was telling me to come and I did and to make matters worse, I stalled the car in the pits. I dropped to third and had to put my work in. I was able to catch Brian after he made a mistake. He was driving really well but made a mistake in the uphill Esses and I got by a couple inches and then was able to bring it home. It’s a big accomplishment for me when I am on the top step of the podium. I love Watkins Glen. This is my favorite track in my short career. I won both races here last year and now both this year, so I am 4-0. The track suits me. It flows and it is just beautiful. I really think it is the best in the world for me. Now I have a lead in the championship points and I feel confident going into Road America and VIR and I feel prepared.”
Brett Meredith / (1st LB Cup):
“It was a good team effort today. Everyone on the team put in their work. I made some mistakes, but it was a great learning experience for me. Thanks to my team for all the hard work they put into the car.”

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