The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2014 Season Kicks-off at Sebring International Raceway in Florida with the First Round of the North American Series
Sebring (Florida), March 13 2014. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Series 2014 began the new season yesterday at Sebring, Florida with 14 cars on the grid and 7 teams from the US and Canada.
In addition to the teams from last year, two new entries debut in Sebring: Rick Ware Racing running the Lamborghini Toronto and Houston cars and R3 Motorsports of Van Nuys CA with one car respectively. The commitment from these new teams and Lamborghini Dealers reflect the increasing success of the series here North America.
Sebring International Raceway is America's oldest road racing circuit and it hosted the first 12-hour classic in 1952 that is now at its 62 editions. Over the past six decades, Sebring has been the site of many landmarks events in motorsports history and during this weekend is hosting over 100,000 spectators and fans.
Young driver Andrew Palmer (# 14) of the Lamborghini Beverly Hills GMG Racing team, the 2013 class PRO-AM World Championship, set the fastest lap time during both free practice sessions yesterday, followed by Kevin Conway (# 29) of Lamborghini Carolinas Change Racing team who was awarded the 2013 PRO-AM title for of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in North America.
During the qualifying session this morning Andrew Palmer confirmed his lead and gained the pole position for the first race, with a time of 2:05.726. Kevin Conway placed second on the starting grid followed by Al Carter (# 80) of Mitchum Motorsports Team in the third position.
Due to an irregular technical infraction, Andrew Palmer was sent to the back of the grid leaving the lead to Kevin Conway, who keep the first position until the penultimate lap, followed by Al Carter (# 80) and John Farano (# 63).
At the end of the fourth lap Palmer had already crept into third position but had to do a drive through penalty at the end of the fifth lap due to contact and he slipped to the ninth position.
The PRO-AM drivers Conway, Carter and Farano did the pit stop together at the end of the ninth lap keeping their positions. Meanwhile, Tom O'Gara (# 69) of GMG Racing was leading in the Amateur category at the sixth place, followed by his team mate David Ockey (# 88).
Andrew Palmer started again his recovery and he set the fastest lap time of 2:06.846. This allowed him to move up positions but not enough to catch the leaders. Palmer ended the race in the fourth place.
In the end of the sixteenth lap Al Carter began to close the gap with Kevin Conway meanwhile David Ockey overtook Tom O'Gara gaining the sixth position. After a thrilling battle during the 22nd and final lap Carter in an exciting move and overtook Conway and took checkered flag in first place. John Farano closed out the podium in the Dallas #63 car.
The Amateur title was captured by David Ockey in the Lamborghini Vancouver car of GMG Racing. Bryn Owen # 73 from Boston and Tom O'Gara from Lamborghini Beverly Hills joined him on the podium finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Amateur class respectively.
The action continues tomorrow, Friday March 14, with the second round at 5.45 pm EST. Teams and drivers are eager to improve their series standings on a circuit that proves to be just as demanding as it is exciting.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo -- North America 2014 Calendar
13-14 March: Sebring International Raceway
2-4 May: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
27-29 June: Watkins Glen International
11-13 July: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
22-24 August: Virginia International Park
1-3 October: Road Atlanta
22-23 November: Sepang (MAL)