Alton, Virginia (Sunday, August 27, 2017) – US RaceTronics’ No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills powered home to a third-place overall finish in Race 2 at Virginia International Raceway. The Pro-Am duo of Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto also took second-place in class for the second straight day. AM driver Brian Thienes wound up the weekend with his second consecutive third-place podium finish.
Rookie driver Taylor Proto started the race in ninth-place, but worked his way forward to sixth before handing the car over to Edoardo Piscopo.
“Today was a much better result,” Proto said. “We started P9 and were able to transform that into a third-place overall and second in class. Just like yesterday, it was all about maintaining our lead in the championship. We’re going to go on the offensive at Laguna Seca and the following rounds. Versteeg showed a pace here that we accept that we’ll have to match in the next rounds, but it was good. I was really happy with the result. I feel like I definitely made up for my mistakes yesterday and had a really good dual with the No. 10 car. I learned quite a bit about race cars today, so that’s good.”
Pro driver Edoardo Piscopo was pleased with the job Taylor did today and happy with the overall podium finish.
“It was a much better result than yesterday,” Piscopo said. “I’m happy about the third overall. Taylor did a really great job. He gave me a car in perfect condition that allowed me to attack and do some fast times at the end. There’s still some work to do, but we are still leading the Pro-Am championship. We’re going to go to Laguna Seca determined to win.”
Brian Thienes started today’s race in eighth-place in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills, but sustained damage to his Huracan as a result of contact at the start of the race.
“We had a really good starting position today, but made contact with several cars on the start and damaged the car,” Thienes said. “We were able to limp the car around for third-place points. I feel bad about Yuki Hurata who was having a good race before he spun trying to get by me while I was actually trying to let him by. I look forward to Laguna Seca where we hope to have better results.”
Parris Mullins started the day in the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla. He was running second in class and twelfth overall before a racing incident dropped him back just off the podium.
“We had a good car today,” Mullins said. “I was really happy with how well it was handling and was steadily moving forward before we had contact with another LB Cup driver. It’s disappointing to be that close to another podium finish and miss it because of an unfortunate incident. We’re going to focus on Laguna Seca starting tomorrow and hopefully get back on the podium there.”
Mullins’ co-driver Mark Proto drove an error-free stint, but was not able to get that last spot on the podium.
“We learned a lot this weekend,” Mark Proto said. “The crew did a great job with the car and I feel like I made a lot of progress with my racing craft this weekend, so while a podium would have been icing on the cake, I’m still happy with the weekend overall. I’m really looking forward to Laguna Seca. It’s an amazing track and I can’t wait to drive there again.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne would have preferred a damage-free weekend, but walking away with another five podium finishes made up for it some.
“I’m really proud of Taylor and Edo,” Seneviratne said. “Finishing on the overall podium today in addition to their two second-place Pro-Am finishes was really impressive. The competition at the front is stiff and they hung in there to make it happen. Taylor did a great first-stint which put Edo in a position to make a second-half run. I’m happy for them both. It would have been nice to have had equally good results with the other two cars, but considering the early damage I’m pleased that they were both able to finish the race and garner valuable championship points. It’s been a long summer and I’m really looking forward to getting the cars back to our shop in California. Laguna Seca should be a good weekend for us on and off the track with guests from both Lamborghini of Beverly Hills and Lamborghini of La Jolla. I can’t wait.”
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