Amstutz Takes World Final Am Race 1 Victory; Chouest Wins LB Cup

Photo: Lamborghini

Photo: Lamborghini

Adrian Amstutz has claimed Am class victory in Saturday’s Lamborghini World Final, in a controlling performance for the Swiss driver in the action-packed and incident-filled 50-minute race.

American Ross Chouest, meanwhile, collected Lamborghini Cup honors following a dominant run for the DXDT Racing driver.

Amstutz took his No. 34 Bonaldi Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo to a 12.679-second win over the No. 4. Leipert Motorsport entry of Shahin “Fineboy” Nouri in second.

“That was the ideal race; I’m very happy today,” Amstutz said. “We didn’t have such a lucky weekend so far. It went all well but it was a bit depressing and stressful. But this is cool.”

Having started from fifth on the grid, Amstutz quickly took over the lead from pole-sitter Luis Rodriguez Jr., after Rodriguez and another competitor went wide in Turn 1.

An accident for Rodriguez, who ran into the back of the No. 28 Toro Loco entry of Tim Richards, ended in retirement for the Change Racing driver with less than 15 minutes remaining.

It knocked the only contending North America Am entry out of second place, with a post-race investigation of the incident still to come.

The No. 78 Artline Team Georgia entry of Shota Abkhazacva completed the overall and Am class podium in third.

Amstutz claimed victory without his normal co-driver Patrick Kujala, who is focusing his World Final commitments in the US Racetronics North America entry in Pro-Am.

The top-six positions were swept by Europe series teams, with Andrew Haryanto the best of the Asia competitors in seventh.

Chouest, meanwhile, enjoyed a commanding run in LB Cup, finishing ahead of the pair of Van der Horst Lambrorghinis from Europe.

The 2nd and final Am/LB Cup race in the World Final is set for Sunday at 10:40 a.m. local time (4:40 a.m. ET).

RESULTS: Race 1 (Am/LB Cup)

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