VIR marks halfway point of the season
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America heads this weekend to VIRginia International Raceway to kick-off the second half of 2017 season. Coming off three wins in row, the Prestige Performance/Lamborghini Paramus duo of Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini takes the championship lead, but are closely followed by Change Racing’s Richard Antinucci, only six points behind. Also, deep in the points hunt for the PRO category is Ashley Freiberg in the DAC Motorsports representing Lamborghini Palm Beach car. Freiberg made history earlier this season at Watkins Glen, becoming the first woman to stand on the overall podium of any of Lamborghini’s worldwide Super Trofeo series. She has been in contention and on the podium all season and is only 19 points behind the championship leaders Hindman and Agostini.
Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto have a dominant lead in the PRO-AM championship standings in the US RaceTronics Huracán representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills. The two drivers have not finished off the podium this season and lead the standings with 76 points each. Austin Versteeg (DXDT Racing/Lamborghini Dallas) has been a worthy adversary, with three class wins to his credit thus far this season, as recent as round 6 in Road America, keeping him in the mix and his championship aspirations high. Creeping up on Versteeg is D. Bryce Miller running for Change Racing representing Lamborghini Carolinas. The young driver started the season adjusting to the driving style best suited for the Huracán, but quickly got up to speed, and has been on the class podium the last four rounds of competition, including a victory in Round 5 at Road America. He is currently only two points behind Versteeg in the PRO-AM standings, and as VIR is the home track for the North Carolina-based Change Racing team, he will have a strong advantage on the competition.
The AM class has been extremely competitive through the first six rounds of the season, with the top four drivers currently sitting within just four points of each other. Series newcomer Yuki Harata (Dream Racing Motorsport/Lamborghini Las Vegas) tops the class championship with 72 points. But despite coming off two recent victories, he is tied in the standings with Brian Thienes (US RaceTronics/Lamborghini Beverly Hills). Thienes has been on the podium five times in only six rounds, giving Harata plenty of championship pressure. And if both of those competitors look in their rear-view mirror, they will find the team of Emmanuel Anassis and Patrice Brisebois in the No. 18 for DAC Motorsports and Lamborghini Palm Beach. The series veterans are patiently staking their claim with four podium finishes to their credit this season and are only four points behind in the championship.
The Lamborghini Cup Championship is only in its second full season of competition for drivers who are new to professional racing, but series newcomer Juan Pérez has been dominant in his first year of professional racing in the series. He has finished on the podium in every race this season and is fresh off a two-win streak at Road America. He has a 16-point lead over contender Paul Terry (DXDT Racing/Lamborghini Dallas). Terry has been a fierce competitor, starting the season with a class victory in Race 1 at COTA in May. He has collected four podium finishes this season to keep him up to speed with Perez. Only two points behind Terry however, is the No. 2 Huracán of Ryan Hardwick for Dream Racing Motorsport and Lamborghini Atlanta. Hardwick has been building momentum as the season progresses, with two victories in his collection from Rounds 3 and 4 at Watkins Glen International.
The series competitors will enjoy two 50-minute races at VIR. Race 1 is scheduled to start at 4:40 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Aug. 26. Race 2 will start at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. Two practices will take place Friday, followed by a double qualifying session Saturday morning at 10:05 a.m.