Conway aims to clinch second title
A season of consistent speed could produce a second consecutive Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America championship for Kevin Conway at the next two rounds of the series, Aug. 23-24 at Virginia International Raceway.
Conway leads the championship by 30 points over John Farano with four rounds remaining in the 2014 season. Conway will clinch his second consecutive title if he leads the championship by 31 points or more after this event. Sealing the Drivers’ Championship at VIR would be especially gratifying for Conway and Change Racing. VIR, located near the Virginia-North Carolina border, is the closest circuit to Conway’s home and the Change Racing headquarters near Charlotte, North Carolina. Conway and teammate Victor Gonzalez Jr. also represent Lamborghini Carolinas – located in Greensboro, North Carolina – in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America.
A field of 18 cars – a record for the North American series – is expected to race on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit this weekend at VIR. Two 50-minute races are scheduled for competitors in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo cars. Race 1 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Aug. 23, with Race 2 following at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Both races will be streamed live at squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa. Practice will take place Friday, Aug. 22, with qualifying at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
2013 series champion Conway leads the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Driver Classification with 88 points entering this weekend. Conway has two victories and five overall podium finishes in eight rounds this season. Farano, from Toronto, enters VIR second in the championship with 58 points. His title hopes took a significant dent last month at his home track, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, where he scored just three of a possible 30 points in the No. 63 entry fielded by Jota Corse and representing Lamborghini Dallas.
Gonzalez, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the hottest driver in the series this summer. He has scored 45 combined points in the last four rounds – more than any other driver – to climb to third in the Driver Classification. He earned his first victory of the season last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a brilliant drive in wet conditions.
While Conway appears to be on the brink of a second Drivers Championship this weekend, the race for the Amateur class title remains tight entering VIR. Kevin O’Connell leads the standins with 28 points in the No. 9 entry fielded by Rick Ware Racing and representing Lamborghini Houston. Dylan Machavern jumped to second with 27 points after the last event weekend at CTMP, where he earned his first overall victory of the season. Cody Ware, 18, is third in the Amateur class with 20 points and will be back in action at VIR in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 fielded by his father’s team, Rick Ware Racing, and representing Lamborghini Long Island.
A media technical briefing about the newest Lamborghini race car, the 2015 Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, will take place Saturday at the Lamborghini Village at the circuit. Lamborghini chief test driver Giorgio Sanna will give the presentation, which is open to accredited media for this event. The Huracán will be on display for only the second time in North America. The car made its worldwide debut Aug. 15 at The Quail in Carmel, California. The Huracán LP 620-2 will begin competition in 2015 in all three global Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, Europe, Asia and North America.