Imola, Italy (November 19, 2017) – Just one day after clinching the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Pro-Am Championship, US RaceTronics co-drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto brought the No. 150 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills back to the winner’s circle. Piscopo started the race in 14th overall and third in class. He was passed by one of the European teams under yellow, but managed to get the position back several laps later under green while the move was still under review. The Italian driver picked off a second Pro-Am car to move into second-place in class before turning the car over to Proto on lap 16.
Proto quickly got up to speed and took full advantage of the great condition of the car, passing the Pro-Am leader for the lead on lap 20. Proto never looked back and had built a 3.5-second gap by the end of the race. The British driver was pleased with the day’s results to say the least.
“Wow!” Proto said. “That was a great result. First off, congrats to the team for giving us a great car when we were throwing so many changes at it so quickly. Luckily, we were able to sort of dial it in for the race. A couple of changes, but late game… Man it was slidey, but fun to drive. We were lucky that I was able to duke it out the 26 car into (turn) 1 and just run on him. I think we managed to pull out a 3.0 second lead towards the end of the race, so I’m really happy with that. I kept a clear focus and used the car I was given. Of course, big thanks to Edoardo for giving me the car in such great condition. I can’t believe it’s real.”
Piscopo was happy with the results as well, but quickly realigned his focus to Sunday’s second World Final race.
“I’m very happy with this result,” Piscopo said after the race. “This was our goal; to finish also first in the World Final. Now we have to stay focused for tomorrow. We know we have the right pace and the right car to make it, so let’s just stay focused tomorrow and get another win.”
The AM race was wild and crazy from the opening laps and required laser-like focus to get safely through the field. The safety car was out on the opening lap of the caution filled race that saw Thienes starting the No. 117 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills in 13th-place and 11th in class. With a solid start, Thienes moved into 10th-place before the caution flag flew. The Southern California native waited further into the pit-window before bringing his Huracan into the pit box for his mandatory stop. The team’s strategy worked and within just a few laps, Thienes was already running seventh.
Thienes enjoyed the challenges presented during the race, but would like to finish on the podium for Race 2 and that’s his current focus.
“It was a really challenging race out there with a lot of contact,” Thienes said. “It was challenging just to keep the car out of trouble. The team from USRT gave me a really good race car. I was able to maintain a good race pace and was able to move from 13th to sixth. I’m really happy with those results and hope to improve even more in the second race.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne was pleased at the end of the day.
“We had two really good races,” Seneviratne said. “I’m really proud of the job the drivers and the team are doing over here. Back-to-back wins in Pro-Am is pretty amazing, and I think another lap or two and Brian would have made the podium as well. Everyone has pulled together and it’s apparent in our results this weekend. We have one more chance for us to get both cars on the podium and that’s our goal. I’m really looking forward to see how the drama will unfold.”
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series wraps up for the season with the LB Cup and Am drivers and cars taking the green flag at 10:20 a.m., while the Pro and Pro-Am race starts at 2:00 p.m. (all times local).