The Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series is traveling southeast to VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) to kick-off the second half of its exciting 2017 season with Rounds 7 and 8, Aug. 25-27, on the scenic and fan-friendly 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course in Alton, Virginia.
A perennial favorite with drivers, teams and fans, VIR is the only track to host the series in all five of its North American seasons. Recently updated in 2000, the circuit is one of the most beautiful road courses in North America and well-suited to the Huracán Super Trofeo car.
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.
Racing in the series is divided into separate podiums, recognizing the breadth of talent in the Super Trofeo field. After each race, there is a podium for the top three finishers overall and the Pro, Pro-Am, Amateur (Am) and Lamborghini Cup divisions. The championship provides exciting action for professional and aspiring professional drivers alike.
Following rounds 5 and 6 at Road America, the championship battles are intensifying, with drivers and teams becoming even more competitive with half of the 12-round season already complete.
Coming off three wins in row, the No. 1 Prestige Performance Huracán representing Lamborghini Paramus has firmly taken control of the Pro Championship following their dominating performance at Road America. The duo of Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini have jumped into the points lead, but are closely followed by the No. 16 Change Racing entry of Richard Antinucci, only 6 points behind, representing Lamborghini Carolinas. Antinucci suffered an issue in Race 1 at Road America, putting him five laps down and giving up the win and the points advantage to Hindman and Agostini.
Also, deep in the points hunt for the Pro category is Ashley Freiberg in the No. 30 entry for DAC Motorsports representing Lamborghini Palm Beach. Freiberg made history earlier this season at Watkins Glen International, 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.
Another impressive duo, the pairing of Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto has proven successful this season as the two have a dominant lead in the Pro-Am championship standings in the No. 50 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.
Undaunted by the No. 50’s 17-point lead, driver Austin Versteeg in his No. 7 entry for DXDT Racing representing 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 the No. 34 of 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 Amateur division championship race 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 in the No. 55 Dream Racing Motorsport Huracán representing Lamborghini Las Vegas tops the class championship with 72 points. But despite coming off two recent victories, he is tied in the standings with the No. 17 Brian Thienes and US RaceTronics, representing 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 LB Cup Championship is only in its second full season of competition for drivers who are new to professional racing, but series newcomer JC Perez 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 in the No. 62 entry for DXDT Racing and Lamborghini Dallas.
Terry has been a fierce competitor, starting the season with a class victory in Race 1 at Circuit of The Americas 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.
Tape-delayed coverage of VIRginia International Raceway will air on the CBS Sports Network on Sept. 24, 2017, at 3 p.m. ET. The coverage will feature live commentary on both the broadcast and live streams.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo races will be live-streamed on the following platforms: squadracorse.lamborghini.com, motortrendondemand.com and Internationally on imsa.tv and radiolemans.com. Tape-delayed coverage of each event will air on CBS Sports Network in primetime. The coverage will feature live commentary on both the broadcast and live streams.
The 2017 season features 10 rounds in North America at five significant and iconic road courses. The season finale and final two rounds will be Nov. 17-17 at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, followed immediately by the World Final, where the Super Trofeo North America, Europe and Asia series will converge to battle for the right to be named a world champion.
The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a MoTeC control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 horsepower. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics.