Antinucci delivers second win
Richard Antinucci claimed his second victory in two starts at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) track. Making great use of his pole position, the Change Racing driver led flag to flag race two, concluding a dominant run in the season-opening doubleheader.
“Couldn’t be better,” the 2015 Super Trofeo North America PRO Driver Champion said, “Change Racing has been awesome. I couldn’t be more thankful, appreciative, and proud of what we’ve achieved in two days.”
Claiming second step on the overall podium and winning the PRO-AM class were Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto in the US RaceTronics car, bettering their second-place PRO-AM finish in race one. The pair enjoyed a meteoric rise through the field from their 12th-place starting position. Proto gained six positions to run sixth by a mid-race caution period for a car beached in the gravel trap at Turn 1. After a safety car period, Proto pitted at the first opportunity, giving over driving duties to Piscopo, who continued the march through the field. The Italian driver made a beautiful pass around fellow countryman Riccardo Agostini in the No. 1 Prestige Performance entry with 12 minutes remaining in the race, securing Piscopo and Proto’s first overall podium of the season with their second-position finish. The move relegated the duo of Agostini and Trent Hindman to the third step of the overall podium, their second top-three finish of the weekend.
Brian Thienes also turned a lowly starting position into a good result, weaving his way from 20th on the grid to a sixth-place overall finish and AM class win. US RaceTronics driver did one better than his second-place class finish in race one. Despite an impressive drive, he gave credit for the strong result to his US RaceTronics team.
J.C. Perez also improved upon a second-place class finish yesterday to claim Lamborghini Cup victory in race two. The DAC Motorsports fell back in the race’s early stages, but made good use of a well-timed pit stop to leapfrog his opponents and claim a first class win of the season.
The pairing of Pippa Mann and Jackie Heinricher earned a notable result with a third-place finish in the PRO-AM category. The series’ first all-female driver pairing will be looking to improve on their first outing together in the No. 57 Prestige Performance entry.
The next Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America event will be June 28-July 1 at Watkins Glen International.