Brandon Gdovic, Conor Daly complete weekend sweep in Lamborghini Super Trofeo at Laguna Seca
The marine fog layer over WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca lifted just in time Sunday morning to reveal a thrilling final domestic round in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America.
The 10th race of the season contained all the elements that make the
single-make series using identical Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVOs
a fan favorite: wheel-to-wheel racing, dazzling passes, critical pit
stops, drivers charging toward the front; even a drag race to the finish
line to decide a podium position.
who finished off the race win Saturday in the No. 46 Precision
Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach, started from pole on
Sunday and quickly built a two-second lead while the action was furious
behind him. Jake Eidson (No. 9 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Vancouver),
Corey Lewis (No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte), Cedric
Sbirrazzuoli (No. 27 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Dallas) and
Andrea Amici (No. 1 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing,
Lamborghini Paramus) ran nose-to-tail in second through fifth place
through most of the opening stint.
It wasn’t until lap 10 when Lewis made an inside pass of Eidson in
turn two for second place. Later on the same lap, Amici snuck past
Sbirrazzuoli for fourth. A lap later, contact between LB Cup points
leader Mel Johnson (No. 08 GMG Racing, Lamborghini Newport Beach) and
Justin Price (No. 22 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Atlanta) ended
the latter’s race with right-rear wheel damage.
On lap 13, as the mandatory pit window for the 50-minute race was
about to open, Randy Sellari (No. 3 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini
North LA) spun at the top of the famous Corkscrew turn while leading in
When the pit window opened, Daly, Lewis and Sbirrazzuoli were among
the first takers. Brandon Gdovic replaced Daly in the No. 46 while Richy
Antinucci jumped into the No. 29 for Lewis. As the two raced for the
same real estate at pit exit, they made light contact, with the No. 29
getting the temporary advantage. However, Antinucci was soon ordered to
cede the position to Gdovic for an improper pit exit.
Adding insult to injury, the No. 29 was then assessed a drive-through
penalty for not meeting the 84-second minimum pit stop time (from
pit-lane entry to exit) by more than one second. The No. 46 was also
penalized for not meeting the pit time requirement, but since its pit
stop was less than a second off the minimum, it was assessed a post-race
time penalty of 0.234 seconds (double the actual time by which it
missed the minimum).
When the dust settled from the pit stop cycle and the penalties,
Gdovic held a lead of nearly two seconds over Sandy Mitchell in the No.
1, with Paolo Ruberti third in the No. 27. Mitchell wasn’t done,
however, and quickly closed to the rear bumper of Gdovic.
Mitchell made a couple unsuccessful late attempts to pass for the
lead, but knowing his car would be assessed a five-second post-race
penalty for an improper race start, opted to hold steady in second place
at the checkered flag.
The win for the No. 46 completed a weekend sweep for Daly and Gdovic
and was their third this season to go with the season opener at Barber
Motorsports Park. It was also the third straight victory for Gdovic, who
teamed with Shinya Michimi to win the second race of the VIRginia
International Raceway weekend last month.
Meanwhile, Antinucci charged back from the drive-through penalty to
make a late pass on Ruberti and claim third place overall and in the Pro
class. Antinucci and Lewis lead Gdovic by six points (124-118) in the
For the second straight day, James Sofronas (No. 14 GMG Racing,
Lamborghini Newport Beach) and Steven Aghakhani (No. 6 US RaceTronics,
Lamborghini Beverly Hills) put on a dazzling duel for the Am class win
in the closing lap. And for the second straight day, Sofronas held
strong for the win, Aghakhani finished second and Cameron Cassels (No.
33 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus) was
third. McKay Snow (No. 63 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte) finished
fourth and leads Aghakhani by 13 points and Cassels by 15 in the Am
Eidson started second and turned the No. 09 over to Damon Ockey, who
comfortably drove to the win for the ProAm weekend sweep. In the
process, the duo clinched the season championship. Ron Atapattu and
Patrick Liddy drove the No. 24 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini La Jolla to
second place on Sunday. Dani Clos secured the last spot on the ProAm
podium when he rolled the No. 69 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor
Racing, Lamborghini Paramus out of the last turn and past teammate Dean
Baker in the No. 53 on the final straight to the checkered flag.
Despite the early contact with the No. 22, Johnson and co-driver
Thomas Lovelady finished off the LB Cup victory in the No. 08. Sellari
recovered from his Corkscrew spin to finish second in the No. 3, with
Matt Dicken (No. 36 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte) taking third.
Johnson holds a 14-point lead (115-101) over Ashton Harrison and
Stephanie Cemo, who finished fifth Sunday in the No. 43 Prestige
Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus.
The climactic round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo takes place Oct.
24-25 at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, where competitors from North
America, Europe and Asia will compete. Live streaming of that event will
be available on squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming.