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Lind Crowned Lamborghini World Champion in Rain-Soaked Final Race
- Updated: December 4, 2016
Dennis Lind has been crowned the overall Lamborghini World Final champion, following victory in a dramatic, rain-soaked race that ended under the safety car.
The newly crowned Super Trofeo Europe champion took his No. 60 Raton Racing Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo across the line ahead of polesitter Loris Spirelli, following a race-long battle.
Lind got around Spirelli for the lead with six minutes remaining, with the safety car, due to two cars being off-course, having been deployed just one minute later.
It essentially froze the field, handing the win and world title to Lind, who scored a runner-up finish in Saturday’s Pro/Pro-Am race.
“I didn’t want to call it a pass because I really just aquaplaned past him,” Lind said. “It was such a tough race because we were very equal on pace.
“I felt like I had the edge and the team told me that Vito [Postiglione] passed for third, so I had to finish first. I just had to give it everything.
“It’s the most amazing race I’ve had in my entire life. It’s crazy.”
The Race 1-winning No. 23 Iperiale Racing Lamborghini of Vito Postiglione finished third, despite a late charge through the field after making a difficult start in treacherous conditions.
Harald Schegelmilch and Martin Kodric completed the top-five overall in Race 2, which like the Am/Lamborghini Cup race started under the safety car due to conditions.
Lorenzo Veglia and Andrea Fontana, meanwhile, claimed the Pro-Am world title with the class win in Sunday for Antonelli Motorsport.
Fontana edged out guest starter Andrea Dovizioso for top honors in the race, although the Ducati MotoGP star was not classified in the final results.
It handed second place in the race to the No. 117 US Racetronics Lamborghini of Patrick Kujala and Brian Thienes, the best-finishing North America entrant.
Race 1 Pro-Am winner Rik Breukers managed to only finish 15th overall and sixth in class, having struggled in the challenging conditions.
North America’s hopes of an overall World Champion were dashed early when Richard Antinucci drove into the gravel with just 14 minutes complete, followed by a race-ending spin that brought out the safety car in the closing minutes.
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, who handed over his No. 107 Dream Racing Lamborghini to Larry DeGeorge in the Pro-Am class lead, also faded after DeGeorge suffered two off-course excursions.
RESULTS: Race 2 (Pro/Pro-Am)