Familiar Faces Keep Rolling In Super Trofeo

Corey Lewis and Richy Antinucci continued their Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America success on Saturday at Watkins Glen Int'l. (IMSA photo)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – There were a number of familiar faces on the top step of the podium following race four of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America at Watkins Glen Int’l.

Three of the four class winners from Friday’s first race of the weekend earned the top spot once again as the series completed its first weekend in almost three months. After some early morning rain, the grid welcomed sunny skies and a dry track when the race started.

The Pro and overall winner was once again the No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte entry driven by Corey Lewis and Richy Antinucci.

The pair started second and was running third for most of the first half of the race, but when Antinucci jumped into the car after the mandatory pit stop, he used a terrific out lap to take control of the field.

The victory was the third consecutive for the team this year, and they now hold a 16-point lead in the class.

“It’s been an amazing weekend. I have never had a double here, but it was a team effort,” said Antinucci. “The Change Racing guys worked hard to get the cars on the grid. The pit stop and Corey’s in lap to the stop is what won it today. We ran it right on the money. I had good tires in my stint and I could pull away when I needed to.

“What a start to the year!”

Cedric Sbirrazzuoli in the No. 27 Dream Racing, Lamborghini Dallas led the field of 19 Super Trofeo Huracan EVOs to the green flag and had a strong first half of the race, leading the field before turning the car over to teammate Paolo Ruberti.

They had to hold off the No. 1 of Andrea Amici and Sandy Mitchell from Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus for second place as Amici closed the gap on Ruberti over the last few laps.

When all was done, the gap was less than a second.

Saturday’s Pro-Am winner Bruno Junqueira held the class lead and was fourth overall during his early stint. He took the lead into the pit window, but after that block of time, Jacob Eidson assumed the lead and continued to build on that throughout the second half of the 50-minute race.

Eidson held a comfortable lead and the team went on to their third win of the season. He and his teammate Damon Ockey now have a 23-point lead in the class heading into the next two rounds at Road America.

Ryan Hardwick and Supercross star Chad Reed in the No. 22 Dream Racing, Lamborghini Atlanta were second on the podium after Reed drove a solid first stint before handing the car over. Hardwick improved their track position and finished second to make it dual podium spots for the team over the weekend.

Junqueira and his teammate Bradley Baker finished third.

The most drama of the race took place in the Am Class. McKay Snow was running sixth overall as he led the Am Class early in the race.

Friday’s winner Steven Aghakhani was close on his heels but was involved in an incident with Paul Tracy early in the race that dropped him off the pace.

While he did drop to the back of the field, the 16-year-old took his time and started to move up the overall field. With approximately 35 minutes remaining, Snow spun in turn five and went into the wall.

Following the incident, there was a full-course yellow that lasted nine minutes and also delayed the start of the pit window.

With Snow now out of the race, Aghakhani had one less car to pass and after the pit window closed, he quickly found himself at the lead of the class and in the top six overall.

From there, he easily went on to win to sweep the class on the weekend.

Cameron Cassels earned a second-place finish for the second time this season, while Sheena Monk was third for her second podium appearance of the year.

Mel Johnson in the No. 08 GMG Racing, Lamborghini Newport Beach, grabbed the lead from the start in LB Cup and was never headed as he went on to win his fourth consecutive race of the year.

Toward the end of the race, he held a 30-second class lead and he was close to running in the top 10 overall.

Ashton Harrison and Stephanie Cemo finished second for the second consecutive day to improve their class standing to second.

Randy Sellari was third, which is where he finished on Friday as well.