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AGHAKHANI: Viva Italia!

Steven Aghakhani checks in from Misano ahead of this weekend’s Lamborghini World Final…

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It’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final time and we arrived in Italy early, more than ready to go.

The enthusiasm level for our season finale and only international race of the year is more than any other race weekend.

Last year, the World Final wasn’t run due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, so we weren’t able to show the world what we have in our back pockets.

Now that the World Final is back this year, and being held at the great circuit in Misano, I think it’s really time that we go out and do a repeat of our 2019 trip to Europe for that year’s international Lamborghini title battle.

This time two years ago at Jerez in Spain, we won four poles, secured four wins and had total domination and a sweep. The team is putting in work, we’re putting in the maximum effort, everyone is working their absolute hardest. We’re going to really go out there and show everyone what we can do this week in Italy.

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More than 50 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evos are here in Misano for a double-duty weekend that starts with the season-ending races for the North American and European championships on Friday.

After that, the fight for international World Final honors takes place over the next two days to truly determine the best of the best.

Our No. 6 SADA Systems/US RaceTronics (USRT) Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo is in the top-tier Pro class that shares the track in the World Finals with the Pro-Am division.

From the entry list and competition standpoint, it’s not really something that we’ve taken a blind eye to, but it’s never anything that we let sit in our heads or just linger around.

Sure, it’s the World Final and we are taking on the best-of-the-best from Europe, but the last thing you want is to be out there and think about someone else.

What they’re doing, what their strategy is, so on and so forth, isn’t anything you can control. Really, the entire weekend we will just be focusing on ourselves, drive forward and never look back.

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We also have the benefit of having tested at Misano earlier in the year, which gave me quite the jump over most people.

While it might have been a big gap of time from then until now, I still want to say that at least having been here, there’s no issue with immediately getting up to speed.

I know exactly where the track goes, which is one thing we can cross off the list that several others can’t at this stage. I took a few laps in a street car earlier this week, just to get reacclimated, and it all came back to me instantly.

I am looking forward to closing out the year with my close USRT teammates and great co-driver Jacob Eidson.

I’ve said it nearly every single race weekend, Jacob is one of those co-drivers that the competition should never turn their back on.

Jacob and I have a different connection. At this point, he is practically family, which is something else compared to most teams. Jacob and I have just become such good friends over the days, even through the tough times in Super Trofeo with some of the bad luck we have had. We just go out there and try to kick ass together, and the best part is that we just make jokes and have fun doing it.

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It would be a dream to win out the weekend and take a worldwide title with Jacob too. He had a great season in 2019 but unfortunately had some bad luck in the World Finals that year and missed out.

Winning another title with USRT with Jacob in the mix would be the perfect end to our season and we can’t wait to get going.

If by chance you are reading this column and going to be in Misano this weekend, for sure stop by and see us.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read these columns and to Sportscar365 for letting us share our season’s adventures with you throughout 2021.

Steven Aghakhani is a 17-year-old championship-winning driver, competing in the 2020 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Pro class with US RaceTronics and Vincenzo Sospiri Racing in the Italian GT Championship.

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