Gdovic & Daly Collect Laguna Seca Lambo Honors
Brandon Gdovic and Conor Daly raced to victory in Saturday’s
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America feature at WeatherTech Raceway
Laguna Seca, MONTEREY, Calif.
Brandon Gdovic and Conor Daly put together a masterful performance to claim the overall victory in Saturday’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America event WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. After slipping from second to fifth on the start, Sandy Mitchell locked into an early battle for fourth place with Steven Aghakhani.
After jockeying for more than five laps, Mitchell
finally got by Aghakhani for position on lap 10, shortly before the
mandatory pit window opened.
Gdovic led the first group of
drivers to pit lane on lap 14, turning the No. 46 over to co-driver
Daly. Antinucci made his stop a lap later, with Corey Lewis taking the
wheel of the No. 29.Following the pit exchange, Daly came out ahead and
waited for the complete pit cycle to1/2finish before assuming the race
lead on lap 19 when Dani Clos made his pit stop in the No.69 Prestige
Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus and handed the car
over to William Hubbell.
From there, the battles began to take
shape in each of the four classes. Daly, Lewis and Andrea Amici ran
together in formation at the front of the Pro class and the overall
field. Lewis closed within the rear bumper of Daly on a few occasions
but couldn’t muster the momentum to complete the overtake for the lead.
They were still in that order when the time limit was reached, with Daly
crossing the finish line 1.825 seconds ahead of Lewis and3.116 seconds
up on Amici.
“It was tough today. It’s super-hot here and the tires were wearing down,” said Daly. “A lot of my work was tire conservation. I know it is tough to pass here so for me it was just trying towing at the slowest possible pace and to have the tires at the end if we needed them. That was our strategy and it played out perfectly. I tried to keep the same pace during my stint and I was successful in keeping yourself underneath you, and I was able to do that.”
“I was trying to conserve as much tires as I could for Conor’s stint,” said Gdovic. “It’s no surprise here that you have to do that. I tried to stay with Richy (Antinucci) during my stint and we had a good driver change. Conor did an awesome job in keeping the lead and bringing it home.
”After taking over for Damon Ockey in the No.
09 US RaceTronics/Lamborghini Vancouver entry, Jacob Eidson moved
quickly past Hubbell in the No. 69 for the ProAm lead and wasn’t
threatened. The No. 09 won the class and finished sixth overall.
the Amateur class, Aghakhani and James Sofronas put on a memorable duel
in the closing stages. Sofronas – competing in his first Lamborghini
North America race of the season –made the decisive maneuver past
Aghakhani with less than 13 minutes to go in the race and pulled away to
win the class. Cameron Cassels placed third in Am in the No. 33
Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus.
LB Cup division saw a spirited battle to the finish. Chad Reed and
Justin Price took the class lead in the No. 22 Dream Racing
Motorsport/Lamborghini Atlanta following the pit cycle. Closing fast,
however, was Ashton Harrison after she took over for Stephanie Cemo.
each of the final two laps, Harrison tried to pass Price coming out of
the hairpin last turn. Each time Price held position and clipped
Harrison at the line by a mere .145 seconds.