Trent Hindman believes repeating as champion in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America will be tougher than ever, thanks to an increased field of pro entries as well as the introduction of the new Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.
The 22-year-old returns to Wayne Taylor Racing and Prestige Performance for a third consecutive year, although after sharing the 2017 North America and World Final title with Riccardo Agostini, now has a new co-driver in second-generation racer Jonathan Cecotto.
With the five-car Pro class featuring an influx of new teams and drivers, including Lamborghini Juniors Madison Snow and Corey Lewis, former open-wheel ace Jonathan Summerton and the return of 2016 Super Trofeo Pro champion Shinya Michimi, Hindman is mindful of the task at hand in his and the team’s title defense.
“I cannot say that we expect this to happen or magically come easier to us,” Hindman said. “The level competition continues to increase globally and that is what needs to drive us to continue finding performance in the cars, the team, and us drivers most importantly.
“The introduction of the Huracan Super Trofeo Evo is yet another challenge that will be thrown into our hands, but I believe the Wayne Taylor Racing and Prestige Performance team is more than ready to attack these challenges head-on.”
The team, which has been rebranded fully under the Wayne Taylor Racing banner for 2018, will again have a four-car entry, although only a single car in the Pro class, which now mandates two-driver lineups.
Hindman believes the chemistry built up over the years will also pay dividends, particularly with the arrival of several new driver/team combinations.
“I’ve been a very lucky guy over the last two seasons to have worked with and grown alongside the Wayne Taylor Racing crew,” he said.
“Just the opportunity to work closely with Wayne [Taylor] and Max [Angelelli] alone is special enough, but to be a member of the phenomenal team they have developed, now for the third season in a row, is something I’m extremely thankful for.
“Overall, I’d say this team is as lethal as it has ever been for Super Trofeo competition.”
While his return to Super Trofeo competition had initially been in question, Hindman said the opportunity to go for two-in-a-row was too good to turn down.
“The chance to come back to the same great team with the opportunity to continue working on becoming the most complete driver I possibly can be is something that I couldn’t say no to,” he said.
“Lamborghini Super Trofeo looks as though it may very well be as competitive as it’s ever been, but I am confident that the Wayne Taylor Racing team, my new co-driver Jonathan Cecotto, and myself will be more than ready to get the job done.”
“Big Thumbs Up” on Mid-Ohio Return
Hindman said he’s looking forward to this weekend’s return to Mid-Ohio, site of the first-ever Super Trofeo North America event in 2013.
“The return to Mid-Ohio is a big thumbs-up from me; I love this track, I love the technical yet rhythmic nature of it, and the style of racing it creates,” he said.
“The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Evo should be a phenomenal car to drive around here, especially since its being looked after by the best team in the paddock.
“As Mid-Ohio is quite a challenging track, it will take some work to get Jonathan acclimated, although he’s obviously very quick and should adjust quickly with the team we’ve got around us.”