MONROVIA, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2016) – US RaceTronics had another great outing this weekend at Virginia International Raceway. Both cars finished in the top six in Saturday’s race with Richard Antinucci and Yufeng Luo finishing third overall and first in class in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills’ entry for Luo’s series debut. Ockey finished second in class and sixth overall on Saturday before going on to win his class on Sunday and extending his points lead to 27 with only four races left in the season.
The Canadian driver of the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary started Round 8 in P3 and just missed finishing on the overall podium with a fourth place overall and first in class finish. Ockey, who came in to the weekend with class podium finishes in every race, extended his streak and points lead with strong drives in both races at VIR.
“Today’s race was earlier in the morning, so it was way cooler,” Ockey said after Sunday’s race. “The car was handling great. The team got me a great car. US RaceTronics worked hard to get perfect cars this weekend and did just that. I had a solid starting position, starting in P3. I just put my head down. Unfortunately, we had a lot of yellows, so I wasn’t able to get a gap on the other Amateur drivers before the Pro guys got in. I was hoping for an overall placement, but I’m happy with first in class.”
Yufeng Luo made his LBSTNA series debut on Saturday as co-driver of the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills on the 3.27 miles, 17-turn road course with an impressive drive. The 18-year-old was happy with how well he and last year’s North American champ Richard Antinucci performed in their first race together.
“I think we accomplished our goal for the weekend which was to get me more acquainted with the Super Trofeo car, especially in a race environment,” Luo said Sunday evening. “The race one win was a big bonus but a small mistake that I would have got away with in formula cars bit me hard in the second race. It’s a lesson learned the hard way, but it’s these things that will make me come back stronger.”
“My co-driver Richie Antinucci was a big help to me all weekend,” Luo continued. “To have his data to look at this whole weekend was big with helping me learn the car. I ended up having to relearn a lot of things I learned in the last three years racing formula cars which was a big shock to me, but I’m sure we’ll make strides with more opportunities to drive the Super Trofeo car. A big thank you to US RaceTronics and Lamborghini for putting together this great weekend and not to forget Brian Thienes for giving me the opportunity to drive his car.”
Richard Antinucci, who scored overall finishes of second and fourth at Road America with teammate Brian Thienes, came into the weekend looking to keep the momentum going with another successful weekend. Antinucci qualified the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills on the pole and built up as much of a gap on the field as possible before handing the car over to Luo.
“Awesome weekend at VIR,” Antinucci said. “I had a great time driving around the awesome track. It’s one of my favorites. US RaceTronics provided me with a super racecar – we were fastest in all our sessions! The highlight for me was qualifying where we got pole by 0.850! That’s what you call a spanking!! True testament to the solid setup and overall build of the racecar. Yufeng did well considering it was his very first race in the ST series. I can’t wait to get out there again with the US RaceTronics team and Brian! Bring on COTA!
Team Manager Daniel Kennedy was pleased with the team’s performance again this weekend. Thanks to consistently prepared cars and driver performances, the team has moved into second place in the team standings.
“As a team I think this was one of our best weekends so far,” Kennedy said on Sunday. “Everyone worked really well together. Damon Ockey ran two great races as usual and Richie was great. I think Yufeng did an awesome job for his first weekend in the car and I’m looking forward to working with him more in the future. We want to congratulate Brian Thienes on his wedding and plan to celebrate with him when we all get COTA. The team moved to second in the team standings and hope to carry our momentum through the rest of the season.”
The team will travel to Austin, TX for a test early next month just prior to Rounds 9 and 10 at Circuit of the Americas September 14 – 16.
*Photos Courtesy of Jamey Price
|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.
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