Valencia, Spain (30 September 2016) – US RaceTronics arrived in Spain for the final two rounds of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American championship as well as the World Finals which take place immediately thereafter. LBSTNA Am points leader Damon Ockey takes a 13-point lead into the final two races in hopes of securing the championship in just his second season in the series.
“It has been a great season so far,” Ockey said. “COTA was a bit of a disappointment with being hit and some mechanical issues. I suppose this is what makes it interesting. US RaceTronics has the car sorted now and we are looking forward to the final 2 races of our series and the World Finals. It will be great to race with all the drivers from Europe and Asia coming together. I have my major sponsor Audison coming to the races so a good showing will be what we are looking for. A special thanks to the whole team for all their efforts especially my 2 technicians Giti and Mickey who have been key to our success this year.
US RaceTronics’ ProAm driver Brian Thienes is excited to be partnered once again with last season’s European and World Champion Patrick Kujala. Thienes has enjoyed his first season with the team and is looking forward to this weekend’s events.
“I’m looking forward to working with US RaceTronics as we go into the final rounds of the championship,” Thienes said. “It has been a pleasure working with such a world class race team as US RaceTronics. I’m also looking forward to sharing the car with Patrick Kujala who I think is one of the best drivers in the world.”
Kujala is focused on winning his second World Finals, this time as part of a ProAm team. He’s confident that Thienes and the US RaceTronics team has the experience and capability to make that goal achievable.
“The objective for this World Final Weekend is to become World champions in our category (Pro-Am),” Kujala stated. “I believe that with the skills that my teammate has and the experience that the team has we can manage to win the Finals. I’m very excited to be part of this team and look forward to being back with them this weekend.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is happy with how his team has performed this season and is looking forward to finishing the season with strong performances in all four races this weekend.
“We’ve had a pretty good season considering how late everything came together,” Seneviratne said. “I’m proud of the crew and the drivers and how well they all performed this year. We had a couple of bumps in the road, but overall we’ve been extremely strong. I expect that our strengths will be evident this weekend with great results in both our series final two races as well as the World Finals. I think Damon has a real shot at winning the North American and World Finals Am championships this weekend. And, with Patrick back in the ProAm car alongside Brian, I think we’ve got a good shot at the World Finals championship in the ProAm category as well.”
The team takes the track tomorrow for practice and qualifying. Round 11 of the LBSTNA 2016 season goes green at 8:45 AM local time on Friday, December 2 with Round 12 following that afternoon at 1:30 PM. The World Finals qualifying along with Race 1 is on Saturday, December 3. The season wraps on Sunday, December 4 with Race 2 of the World Finals.
|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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