Imola, Italy (November 20, 2017) – The US RaceTronics Pro-Am team of Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro-Am World Finals with a third-place finish in Race 2 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. Proto started the race on pole and was leading when he was tapped from behind and spun on lap three dropping him to seventh in class. The young Brit pushed the No. 150 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills AquaHydrate car to get back up to fifth in class before turning the Huracan over to his teammate.
Piscopo flew around the track and picked off the fourth-place Pro-Am fairly easily, but had a more difficult time finding an opening that allowed him to get around the final competitor standing between him and the World Championship. Finally, on the last lap Piscopo made the pass that moved the AquaHydrate car into third in class for Race 2 and 1st in the championship, one point ahead of second-place finishers Niels Lagrange and Pieter Vanneste of Leipert Motorsport.
“Mission complete,” Piscopo said. “This was our goal since the beginning of the season… to win both championships. I’m really proud of how Taylor grew up during the year. Congratulations and thank you to US RaceTronics, Lamborghini of Beverly Hills and Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Let’s continue to grow the sport.”
Proto’s rookie season started and ended on highs. The 19-year-old had his first test at Thermal Club near Palm Springs, CA just one year ago this weekend. He’s progressed rapidly and is happy with how successful he was in his rookie season.
“Wow, racing in Europe was a trip,” Proto gushed. “We started really strong from pole. I tried to make it clean, but we had a couple of issues in between the start and when I handed the car over. I think we handed it over in P5 in class. Luckily, on the last lap Edoardo was able to make a pass for P3 and clinch the championship. Wow, this is a trip. This is not what I expected out of my first year in Super Trofeo, but I’m extremely happy with it. My thanks go out to everyone who worked on the cars, US RaceTronics and LPR included. Everyone involved made this possible, not just me and Edoardo, so thank you very much to everyone who supported me.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne was thrilled with the success of the No. 150 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills AquaHydrate car in Italy. He’s also proud of how well Thienes drove during the World Finals even though the No. 117 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills didn’t manage to finish on the podium.
“I’m extremely happy that Edoardo and Taylor were able to bring home the World Championship in the Lamborghini of Beverly Hills AquaHydrate car,” Seneviratne said. “Both drivers were at the top of their games this weekend and it showed in the results. Taylor stepped up his performance and showed what he’s capable of, and Edo was as steady and consistent as always. We had a great team this year and I’m really excited that we were able to win not only the North American Championship, but also the World Championship in Pro-Am.”
“I also want to say how proud I am of how well Brian drove during the World Finals races,” Seneviratne added. “He had a couple of issues in the last two rounds of the North American Championship, but really pulled it back together and had great focus and great race pace in both of the World Finals races. I’m confident that he’ll be back stronger than ever next year and challenging for both the North American and World Championships.”
Thienes was disappointed to not win the World Championship, but thanked his crew, engineer and team owner for giving him a car that was definitely a contender. He’s already looking forward to competing again next season and expects better results.
“It was a very challenging race with a lot of contact, a lot of incidences; a difficult start,” Thienes said. “We managed to come out clean and move up several spots at the start and worked our way up to second-place. Unfortunately, with a drive-through penalty… that cost us the World Championship. But, I’d like to thank US RaceTronics for taking a car we borrowed from another team and putting it together in good race order. They gave me a car that drove really, really well. My hats off to my crew, Kelly Brown and Chris Stout, my rock-star engineer Peter Jacobs, and my team owner Shane Seneviratne for putting together such an excellent program that allowed us to run up front. Hopefully, next year we can win the championship.”
The 2018 Super Trofeo North American Series will kick off May 5-6 at Mid-Ohio followed by races at Watkins Glen June 28-29, Road America August 4-5, VIR August 18-19 and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 8-9.