The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America held its 7th and 8th round this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Richard Antinucci and Edoardo Piscopo dominated round 7 from qualifying to chequered flag in the main race while Enrique Bernoldi claimed the win in round 8 – his first win of the season.
The 7th and 8th round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America shared location with the FIA WEC 6 Hours of COTA. The bulls kicked off the racing weekend with the final race ending on Friday.
Piscopo started the race 1 from pole after qualifying first in the #50 O’Gara Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán from Lamborghini Beverly Hills. He built a substantial lead within the first 20 minutes and when the pit window opened, he handed the car to his teammate Antinucci while still in the lead.
Antinucci found the car in good shape, the tires and brakes were still running strong on the challenging historic circuit. He took chequered flag in a comfortable manner, his fourth in the season and third with Piscopo. The latter is the reigning European Super Trofeo and World Final Champion.
An excited Piscopo said, “We had to manage our brakes and tires because this track is quite challenging; it’s quite heavy on them. I just wanted to give Richard a good car because he’s a friend, a good guy, and I found a pace that was fast enough but not too heavy on the car. That was the key in the end.”
Antinucci added, “We’re a great team, If you were to compare it to a relay race, Edoardo Piscopo passed me the baton really easily. He pulled away while still giving me a very good car. There was life in the tires; there still was some brakes. And out here in this heat and on this giant track, where it’s slippery, that’s a lot. Thanks to him, thanks to my team, O’Gara Motorsports, and Lamborghini are the ones we both thank the most.”
Corey Lewis crossed the line in second place in the #29 Change Racing Huracan Super Trofeo of Lamborghini Carolinas. He was the first in Pro-Am class. Third on the podium was another Pro-Am duo of Angel Benitez Jr. and Martin Fuentes from Lamborghini Miami piloting the #26 Avid MotorSports Huracán.
Race 2 winner Enrique Bernoldi finished fourth leading Kevin Conway to round up the top five.
Bernoldi had started from third in round 8 behind Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Edoardo Piscopo. He managed to pass Sbirrazzuoli and embarked on a heated drag race with Piscopo. The reigning champion managed to get away and left Bernoldi in second.
When the pit window opened, Piscopo was boxed in order to hand over the car to Antinucci but some time was wasted and the duo lost the lead. Bernoldi took the lead and started building an unfillable gap. With five minutes left into the race, Bryan Hixon spun in the #23 Mitchum Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo and crashed at Turn 3 bringing the race to an end under a full-course yellow.
Bernoldi was thus crowned the winner in the #1 Prestige Performance Huracán from Lamborghini Paramus. Madison Snow claimed second in the #14 BAD Lambo Racing Huracan of Lamborghini La Jolla. Corey Lewis finished third overall and first in the Pro-Am class.
Sbirrazzuoli was second in Pro-Am for Lamborghini Dallas leading Aaron Povoledo and Joe Courtney from Lamborghini Miami. The Amatuer class win went to Ryan Ockey in the #89 O’Gara Motorsports Huracan of Lamborghini Vancouver.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Nurburgring will host round 5 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo this weekend sharing the racetrack with the Blancpain Endurance Series season finale.