Aghakhani Takes Next Step in US RaceTronics’ Driver Development Program

Aghakhani Takes Next Step in US RaceTronics’ Driver Development Program

  • Nov 06, 2016

Buttonwillow, California (November 4, 2016) – US RaceTronics’ young development driver Steven Aghakhani takes the next step in his training program. The 13-year-old California native has begun testing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Huracán with impressive results.

Steven started racing go-karts at age 7 and was completely hooked after convincing his dad to let him sit behind the wheel of his 50th Anniversary Lamborghini Aventador at the Pike’s Peak Race Festival in Colorado Springs two years later. Steven comes by his love of racing and cars naturally, his father Armik raced competitively for several years and owns a variety of exotic cars including his prized Lamborghini, McLarens, a Ford GT and a Bugatti Veyron.

steven-gta-slb-2016-dcs-796-2kSteven raced his dad’s McLaren before shifting his focus to road courses and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Gallardo. He and his dad searched for a program that would give him the support and training he needed to win at the next level. After meeting with US RaceTronics team owner Shane Seneviratne, they knew his was the program they wanted Steven in as he moves toward the possibility of a professional racing career.
Steven Aghakhani is still a few years away from being able to compete in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American series with US RaceTronics, but he has already moved from the Super Trofeo Gallardo up to the Super Trofeo Huracán after just six months and made steady progress through the test days, continually adapting to the driving style necessary for the Huracán. He logged 69 laps on his first day and picked up where left off at the start of his second day in the new car. His times quickly dropped even further as the day progressed, and by the end of only his second day in the Huracán, Aghakhani was comfortable enough to put together two back-to-back fast lap times to impress his driver-coach Bryce Miller.

steven-gta-slb-2016-dcs-16-2k“Regarding Steven’s performance in the Huracán,” Miller said, “I thought he did a really good job. The Huracán is definitely a lot more car to handle compared to the Gallardo and he really stepped into it with a lot of maturity and professionalism. He’s still got a lot to learn just like any racing driver, but I think he’s got a bright future in this car and with the Lamborghini platform. He handles himself in a professional manner and is a joy to work with. I think he’ll continue to grow and develop and I’m looking forward to a bright future for him.”

Aghakhani is excited to be taking the next step in his development and loves the Huracán. His goal is to keep improving as he learns the new car.

“The Huracán is definitely one hell of a race car,” Aghakhani said. “It has so much potential and there’s a lot that I need to learn about the car. It feels amazing behind the steering wheel. The biggest difference between the Huracán and the Gallardo is that the Huracán has so much more grip, downforce, and power; almost everything is better than the Gallardo. I like the way the Huracán looks and feels, the sound of the motor, the cornering speed and braking. Everything feels much better in the Huracán. Personally, what I think about the car is that it’s so perfect on so many different levels and you can do so much more with this car. I can’t wait to get back in it.”

Team owner Shane Seneviratne is happy with the progress Aghakhani has made already in his development program and is confident that he’ll continue to make strides each time he gets behind the wheel.

steven-gta-slb-2016-2-1559-2k“After evaluating the progress that Steven has made with the team and the Super Trofeo Gallardo over the last six months, we strongly felt that he was ready to take the next step up the ladder to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Huracán,” Seneviratne said. “As always, Steven’s approach to the tests was methodical and he executed to our expectations and adapted to the conditions quite naturally. The Huracán is quite a beast; it’s a fast race car. You need to have good analytical skills and reflexes to get the maximum out of this race car. Steven is making impressive strides every test day. Our objective is to get Steven to drive this car to its limit over the next year.”

US RaceTronics’ Driver Development program offers a suite of services that draws on their expertise in and out of the cockpit and is tailored to each driver’s individual needs. For information on the Development Driver program, check out the Driver Coaching section of the Services page at www.USRaceTronics.com.

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About US RaceTronics

US RaceTronics (USRT) originated in 2005, founded by Shane Seneviratne to compete in the Atlantic Championship, a formula race car series with races throughout North America. The team finished 5th in points its first year and continued its success during the succeeding years, ultimately amassing a total of 21 podiums, 7 poles, 5 race wins and finishing 3rd in the 2009 Atlantic Championship. USRT was put on hold after series officials announced the Atlantic Series was put on hiatus. Seneviratne fully returned to racing in 2015 after receiving an invitation to manage the O’Gara Motorsport entries in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American Series. The team won the Team Championship, Dealership Championship, Pro Championship with driver Richard Antinucci, and Amateur Championship with Ryan Ockey. The success of 2015 reignited Seneviratne’s passion for racing and he relaunched US RaceTronics to compete in the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American Series.

To follow all of the 2016 Series action and the US RaceTronics team, make sure to follow the official Twitter account @usracetronics for live updates along with Facebook.com/usracetronics and Instagram http://instagram.com/usracetronics. To become a driver, learn more about the series, or attend a race, visit www.usracetronics.com for more information.

 

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