Things went according to plan for the single Lamborghini Huracán GT3 during the two-day test this week at Daytona International Speedway, and there’s two more days of testing ahead next week at Sebring International Raceway.
All five confirmed IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers cycled through the GRT Grasser Racing Team “house” car, which has seen extensive running in North America this month.
Beyond Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and Bryce Miller, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America drivers Richard Antinucci and Corey Lewis also tested at Daytona. Justin Marks was also scheduled to test, but was unable to get any laps due to intermittent rain.
A mix of IMSA and Lamborghini ST drivers are expected to test next Monday and Tuesday in the same car, including Antinucci’s O’Gara Motorsport co-driver Edoardo Piscopo for the first time.
“It’s going very well,” Lamborghini head of motorsport Giorgio Sanna told Sportscar365 about the customer feedback to testing thus far.
“We know the car is very easy to drive. The first driver feedback here in the U.S.A. is like in the rest of the world. They enjoy the car. They feel confident with the car.
“This is very important for drivers … for the pros and especially the gentlemen drivers.”
Change Racing USA team principal Robby Benton agreed that the collaborative effort thus far is paying dividends.
“Daytona went as smooth as I could have asked for,” Benton told Sportscar365. “All the drivers and all the teams got along good. There’s a lot of give and take, but we all learned a lot.”
The single Huracán GT3 has arrived in Sebring for this week’s Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final, where it will be on display in Lamborghini hospitality, before the two-day test.
Change has two transporters, one apiece dedicated for its Super Trofeo and WeatherTech Championship programs. The Daytona test operated out of Change’s WeatherTech Championship transporter for all drivers and crewmembers.
It’s a somewhat intriguing situation because Change and O’Gara compete directly head-to-head in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series.
Yet both will be rookie teams in the WeatherTech Championship in 2016, working together to take on the establishment.
“It’s weird, just from the standard racing culture,” Benton explained. “But one of the things I like about Super Trofeo is that all the teams really work with each other regardless.
“We compete against each other, but we have a great relationship with the O’Gara group. We’ve gotten to know the Paul Miller guys. I met Franz Konrad while in Spa, watching the Grasser car run there.
“It might seem a bit awkward, but we’re making it work.”
Sanna suggested there might be further Huracán GT3s in the series, although whether any more materialize beyond the first four set for the Rolex 24 at Daytona remains to be determined.
“There is the opportunity to grow up in terms of cars on the grid,” Sanna said.
“Now we have to be focused on the actual teams and cars, to support them in the best way possible, and then we will see about more in the future.”