MONROVIA, Calif.– US RaceTronics added five more podium finishes, including a second place overall, this weekend during their first visit to the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI. The team has scored multiple podium finishes at every stop on the 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Championship trail including overall podium finishes in three of the last four races.
2015 LBSTNA Champion Richard Antinucci, who co-drove the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills car with Brian Thienes, started the weekend off with qualifying on pole for Round 5. The great starting position gave the duo the advantage they needed to bring the No. 17 USRT entry home in second place overall in Saturday’s race. The pair just missed another overall podium on Sunday with a fourth place finish overall, but still captured third in their class.
“I’m really happy for Shane and the entire US RaceTronics team,” Antinucci said after Sunday’s fourth place finish. “It was great being back with my friends and teammate and I’m excited that we were able to continue to build on the momentum they brought into this weekend here at Road America. Grabbing the pole for the first race put us in a really good spot to bring the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills home in second overall. I’m a little disappointed that we just missed a second overall podium today, but we still finished on the podium in our class, so that’s not bad. Coming to Road America for the first time was a fun challenge and I think we rose to that challenge with our performance here this weekend. Great job by everyone.”
Brian Thienes was thrilled with the weekend’s results and the continued success of the team through the first six rounds of the championship.
“Richie did a great job this weekend as did the entire US RaceTronics team,” Thienes said. “The cars were fast and we were able to run with good pace all weekend. I’m excited that we were able to get the good results that we were looking for coming into the weekend. Getting another overall podium finish and two more class podiums was fantastic.”
Damon Ockey extended his streak of podium finishes and is now six of six this season. The Canadian driver of the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary had a drive-through penalty on Saturday which cost him his chance for the win in Round 5. He was still able to finish third in class after working his way back through the field. Sunday was error free and Ockey got the win, his third of the season. He now leads the Am class by nine points.
“The car was handling great,” Ockey said after Sunday’s win. “The team gave me a great car to work with. It was well balanced, turn-in was awesome and exit was really good as well. So the car was perfect. I kind of messed up in qualifying yesterday with our timing, so I had to start P12 overall and I think I was like fifth or sixth in class. I just put my head down and drove consistent 2:09’s and ended up sixth overall and first in class. It was a great race.”
Shane Seneviratne, the team’s owner, was happy with the final results as well as the way the team has come together.
“We’re in the third weekend of the season and I feel like we have finally clicked like a team should,” Seneviratne said. “Everyone is working well together. This is the first weekend that we haven’t had any major issues on the cars, so we were finally able to focus on the details of racing rather than on repairing cars. Thanks to all the drivers for keeping the cars on track and out of trouble.”
Road America’s 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course, which hosted Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 LBSTNA Championship, proved to be a track suited to the driving styles of the USRT drivers allowing the team to continue their rookie season success. Next up for USRT is Virginia International Raceway August 26-28.
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*Photos Courtesy of Jamey Price