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- Updated: December 4, 2016
Following a dominant Super Trofeo North America season that saw him claim ten wins out of 12 races, Ross Chouest was crowned Lamborghini Word Champion in the Lamborghini Cup class after a dominant run in this weekend’s World Final in Valencia.
The DXDT Racing driver earned a pair of class victories in the two title-deciding races, beating out the top class competitors from both Europe and Asia to take home North America’s only world crown this year.
Sportscar365 caught up with the Chouest following Sunday’s rain-soaked World Final race to get his thoughts on his storybook season and what’s ahead.
What does it mean to be a Lamborghini World Final Champion?
“We had a great weekend and I owe it all to my coach, Aaron Povoledo, who’s done a great job all season preparing me, particularly this weekend. The guys at DXDT gave me a perfect car, setup-wise.
“Erik [Petersen, technical director] had some good experience from Petit Le Mans last year, having raced in the rain. He basically gave me the Petit Le Mans setup that won the race.
“The setup was perfect. It made my job pretty easy out there.
“Surprisingly, I do relatively better in the rain, in my few races I’ve done in the rain. It mirrored what I did today. I had a clean start.
“I knew I had a few positions on my other guys in my class. If I could have a clean start, I would be able to win the World Championship today.”
You won all but two races in the Super Trofeo season. It was nearly a perfect year…
“Yeah. I had a wreck at COTA and we had a brake issue in Race 2 of the North American finale and wasn’t quite able to hold on. But DXDT did a great job all year.”
Are you planning to return next year for a third season of Super Trofeo?
“I’m going to try to do the Middle Eastern series in Abu Dhabi and Dubai [in February/March] and plan on being back here again.
“I’m still looking at my options [for Middle East]. It would probably be more logical to go with a European teams that are planning to be there.
How important has Aaron has been to your development as a driver?
“Aaron’s been with me along the way and he’s been critical to my development and my success.
“Early on, I made it clear what my goals were, as an amateur driver to be safe and to continue to get better and progress. That’s what we’ve done along the way.
“I’ve enjoyed every step of the process and he’s been instrumental along the way.”
What are your ultimate goals in racing?
“Definitely my long-term goals is to continue to move up and get faster each weekend I’m out there.
“From what more experienced and professional guys say, [the Huracan Super Trofeo] is a lot of a car to handle with a lot of horsepower and a lot of car for an amateur like me.
“But I think if I can drive this car, it makes it a little easier to drive most other cars. I’m definitely looking forward to racing other series and continue to progress my career.
“I’d like to do endurance racing one day. The Rolex 24 at Daytona and stuff like that, and maybe some endurance races in Europe.”