North American teams won three of the four races registering victories in the Pro-Am, Am and LB cup competitions on the 2.538-mile, 15-turn circuit set only 20 miles from the Italian capital.
Loris Spinelli and JC Perez in the No. 171 P1 Motorsport, Lamborghini Broward were the winners in the Pro-Am class while the Dream Racing, Lamborghini Atlanta pair of Ryan Hardwick (Am) and Justin Price (LB Cup) scored victories in the first race.
Pro / Pro-Am Class Race Recap
Loris Spinelli (No. 171 P1 Motorsport, Lamborghini Broward) was in third overall and first in the Pro-Am class for the first half of the race when he pitted with 21 minutes remaining in the race.
Following the closure of the pit window, JC Perez was in the car and when the field was re-set, the team found themselves in fifth overall and second in class.
Luck would be on their side a short time later as the class leader, who was about to take the overall lead, AndrezeijLewandowski was pitched off the road and went into the barrier ending his day and handing the class lead to Perez, who then easily drove his Huracán Super Trofeo Evo to the victory. The team was the only Pro-Am entry to finish among the top 10.
“We started well and Loris did what he needed to do,” Perez said. “We had the overall lead coming into the pits but one of our lap belts got stuck and we lost about four seconds on that. The guy in front of us spun and hit a wall and after that our team was telling me to just keep the car together. I let the guys (Pro Class) pass me so we could win the championship, so I did what I needed to do to win this race.”
“Another podium for us and I am really happy,” Spinelli said. “We started well and JC did a great job. Thanks to my team for another great day in helping us win.”
Corey Lewis had the No. 129 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte Huracán Super Trofeo Evo in 14thplace when the pit window opened. Teammate Madison Snow took over and after a series of drive-through penalties to other entries, among other factors, found himself seventh overall and would go on to be the top North American finisher in the Pro class taking fourth.
Trent Hindman and Jonathan Cecotto (No. 101, Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus) were assessed a drive-through penalty following the pit window closure which took them out of the top five in class and dropped the team deep into the pack, taking away their chances of a victory. They ended the day in 10th.
Taylor Proto suffered a series of spins at the 30-minute mark which seriously curtailed his chances of a victory in race 1 and while he was able to turn the car over to Edoardo Piscopo, the team was forced to retire due to the damage on the car.
The other Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus entry in the Pro-Am class of No. 169 of William Hubbell and Alex Popow finished in 17th overall and eighth in the class.
Kei Cozzolino and Afiq Yazid driving for Clazzio Racing in the Super Trofeo Asia series, won the Pro class.
Am / LB Cup Race Recap
A pair of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, and Dream Racing drivers posted victories in the first World Final race of the weekend featuring the Am and Lamborghini Cup classes.
The Am race came down to 2018 champions from both the North American and European championships.
With just under three minutes remaining, Ryan Hardwick, the North American champion, in the No. 102 Dream Racing, Lamborghini Atlanta made a dramatic inside move on race leader and European champion Florian Scholze to erase an almost 10 second deficit and go on to win by 1.431 seconds.
“These guys are the best in the world and I have been watching the Dörr car for over a year now, and both of those drivers are extremely fast,” said Hardwick, following the race. “I’m fortunate to be standing up here racing with those guys. I enjoyed the race today but my team has given me an unbelievable car and we closed out the North American championship yesterday and took our first big step for the world championship today.”
Scholze took over from his teammate Manuel Lauck after the mandatory pit stop half way through the race and was in the lead when he returned to the track. He led by over eight seconds to then second place Raffaele Giannoni while Hardwick was in third.
Over the next 12 minutes, the two chasers closed the gap to less that two seconds on the leader and in the next minute Hardwick was able to pass Giannoni for second before staying on Scholze’s bumper before making the dramatic pass to that gave him the victory.
Damon Ockey in the No. 109 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Calgary entry was fifth while the team of Shea Holbrook and Martin Barkey in the No. 167, PPM, Lambroghni Beverly Hills machine finished seventh.
Justin Price in the Dream Racing, Lamborghini Atlanta entry won the LB Cup race.
He was in second for a majority of the race behind the P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach entry of Brett Meredith, who had won the last two rounds of the North American season on Friday.
With just over a minute remaining in the race, Meredith became stranded on Turn 11 and Price moved into first place and claimed the victory by almost 40 seconds over European Joseph Collado.
“It was an amazing race for me,” Price said. “I had some Am drivers in front of me and my coach was telling me to go so I did. I put my head down and finally got into the lead and it’s unbelievable to win at the World Finals.”
Randy Sellari in the No. 110 Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus finished seventh while Meredith finished eighth.
The World Finals conclude Sunday with another pair of races. The Am/LB Cup race starts at 4 a.m. ET with the Pro/Pro-Am class getting started at 8:25 a.m.