North American Champions Crowned In Season-Ending Rounds At Sebring
Four championships were decided in the exciting conclusion to the season. Richard Antinucci was crowned as the Huracán Pro Driver Champion, Ryan Ockey as the Huracán Amateur Driver Champion, O'Gara Motorsport as the Team Champion and Lamborghini Beverly Hills as the Dealer Champion.
Madison Snow took the checkered flag in Round 11, and the O'Gara Motorsport duo of Antinucci and Edoardo Piscopo won Round 12. This was Snow's second win of the season and the fifth victory of 2015 for the Antinucci-Piscopo pairing.
Piscopo led the field from pole in both 50-minute races. His No. 50 O'Gara Motorsport Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills retired before taking the green flag, with Lawrence DeGeorge inheriting the lead. Snow, in the No. 14 BAD Lambo Racing entry representing Lamborghini La Jolla, quickly passed DeGeorge to lead the first lap.
Snow continued to build a gap on the field until a caution was triggered with 16 minutes to go in the race. On the restart, Snow held off the charging field and took a 1.024-second victory over Corey Lewis in the No. 29 Change Racing entry representing Lamborghini Carolinas. Lewis also was the top Pro-Am finisher.
Enrique Bernoldi rounded out the top three in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Huracán representing Lamborghini Paramus after starting last on the grid.
Damon Ockey was the top Huracán Amateur finisher in the No. 09 O'Gara Motorsport entry representing Lamborghini Vancouver. Musante-Courtney driver Josh Hurley was the first Gallardo finisher in the No. 76 entry representing Lamborghini Miami.
In Round 12, Piscopo took the green flag first, but a caution was triggered almost immediately for multiple incidents. The field drove under yellow for 15 minutes while the 17-turn, 3.74-mile track was cleared. On the restart, the majority of the field, including Piscopo, drove for a lap before making their mandatory pit stops.
Antinucci, who took over for Piscopo at the pit stop, padded the gap while other contenders made stops and took a 8.591-second victory over Snow.
Lewis captured his second overall podium finish of the day and his 10th straight Pro-Am victory. The father-son duo of Jim and Josh Norman stood on the top step of the podium in the Amateur class in the No. 71 BAD Lambo Racing entry representing Lamborghini Palm Beach. Rounding out the podiums, Hurley picked up his second Gallardo victory of the day.
In Super Trofeo Europe action, Patrick Kujala captured the season championship with his Bonaldi Motorsport team. Yuan Bo and Edoardo Liberati were crowned the Super Trofeo Asia Pro-AM champions.
All three Super Trofeo series will converge Saturday for the first two of four World Final races. Action starts with the warm-up at 9 a.m. (ET), followed by qualifying and two races. The races will be split with the Huracán Pro and Pro-Am cars running together and the Huracán Amateur and Gallardo drivers competing together.
The Huracan AM/Gallardo race will start as 2 p.m. (ET). The Huracan PRO/PRO-AM race starts at 3:30 p.m. (ET)
All races will be live streamed at: http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-world-final ROUND 11 POST-RACE QUOTES
MADISON SNOW (No. 14 Lamborghini La Jolla, winner): "The start was definitely a little bit strange with the pole leader going into pit lane, and it was a little bit of everyone just being where they wanted to be. But I got a good launch on the start and took Turn 1 and then just drove as hard as I could on cold tires. I knew that was a good time to gain advantage. Once I had a good gap, I maintained the pace, and our pit stop was great. I kept pushing until the yellow came out, and that was both good and bad. It gave me a chance to cool down but I also had such a big gap. I had Corey (Lewis) behind me, who had been running the same lap times, so I knew I wasn't going to be able to pull away like I did in the beginning. I just did everything I could to stay in front of him, and by the end I was able to pull just a little bit of a gap."
COREY LEWIS (No. 29 Lamborghini Carolinas, PRO-AM winner): "The race was action-packed, for sure. We started the lowest we have all year, so we knew we had to hustle and get to the front as quick as we could and manage all of the pro cars. Initially being patient was the biggest thing that paid off for me the most. I was picking one car off at a time and not really rushing anything, knowing that we had a long race ahead. Once we got to the front, I was just maintaining the gap and being as consistent as I could. The pit stop was flawless with the strategy call. After the yellow, I just had to keep my head down because I didn't know how quick the guys were behind me. But the Change Racing guys did an incredible job preparing the Lamborghini Carolinas-Monster Energy Drink Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. It was another amazing day and race."
DAMON OCKEY (No. 09 Lamborghini Calgary, AM winner): "The race was really fun. The track was pretty green in the beginning. Basically I battled my brother the whole time. He was behind me the whole race and put some pressure on me at the beginning. I was trying to be cautious with the tires throughout the race, and my strategy ended up working well."
JOSH HURLEY (No. 76 Lamborghini Miami, Gallardo winner): "The big key is getting through the Huracán traffic. With having some of the Amateurs in the Huracán, we can be quicker in the Gallardo car. The goal is really to get as many Huracáns as you can between you and the other Gallardos. Since I got through a lot of them, I was able to back the pace up and save my tires. I have an advantage because I'm one of our engineers on the Huracáns so I know the cars, and that gives me an advantage in traffic. I know what they can take because I've done a lot of testing in them. I'm just trying to win every single race."
ROUND 12 POST-RACE QUOTES
RICHARD ANTINUCCI (No. 50 Lamborghini Beverly Hills, winner, PRO Driver Champion): "I feel very good. It was the coronation of the dream, realization of the dream. It was anticlimactic this morning with our first DNF of the year, first for the team on the Pro side. We had such a consistent year with firsts and seconds. I think we were the top of the field all year. We won half of the race and had four second places. Mr. O'Gara and the whole team have to be very proud of themselves for the first year being in the series and the first year of the Huracán racing in North America. This is stuff that hopefully will go down in the books of Lamborghini history. I'm very thankful for being chosen and people believing in me."
EDOARDO PISCOPO (No. 50 Lamborghini Beverly Hills, winner): "I had a very short drive because of the yellow flag. We were planning on pitting early anyway, so that didn't change our strategy. It hasn't been a very busy day for me, but I feel like new and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."
COREY LEWIS (No. 29 Lamborghini Carolinas, PRO-AM winner): "The clean start was key for us. I was able to make a clean pass through Turn 1 and was able to maintain the gap. We had the caution right off the bat, and it took a little bit to clean up. (Andrea) Amici and the Prestige car kept me honest the whole race. I had to really earn this one, and it feel really good. Ten wins in a row in the Pro-Am category is never really something I thought I would be able to do. Hats off to Change Racing, Monster Energy Drink and Lamborghini Carolinas. It's been an incredible year, and we are looking forward to the World Finals."
JIM NORMAN (No. 71 Lamborghini Palm Beach, AM winner): "We love this track. It's very difficult, very challenging, but that's part of the beauty of it. If they paved it, it would be ruined. But I enjoy watching Josh (Norman) get faster. He gets faster than me every weekend. Part of me doesn't like seeing that, but part of me is very proud. He's doing a great job."
JOSH NORMAN (No. 71 Lamborghini Palm Beach, AM winner): "We pitted as soon as the pit window opened just in case another yellow came out, so we were safe in that regard. It feels incredible to be back on the top step of the podium today here at our home track at Sebring. Everyone here is great."
JOSH HURLEY (No. 76 Lamborghini Miami, Gallardo winner): "We built the gap in this race in a better way. In racing, you really can't stand still. If you stand still, people catch up to you. I was actually really unhappy with the car this morning even though we won. We threw a big change at it, and it was a huge gain. The car was so much better."
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America - 2015 Calendar
1-3 May Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
26-28 June Watkins Glen International
21-23 August Virginia International Raceway
17-19 September Circuit of the Americas
1-3 October Road Atlanta
19-20 November Sebring International Raceway
21-22 November Sebring International Raceway (USA)
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