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Antinucci Rounds Off Title-Winning Year with Misano Sweep

Richard Antinucci sweeps Super Trofeo NA season finale at Misano; World Final to come…

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Richard Antinucci fought his way past Steven Aghakhani to take victory in the final round of the 2021 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season at Misano on Friday.

After clinching the Pro championship by winning the opening race of the weekend, Antinucci came into the second encounter with the aim of sweeping the season finale.

The Dream Racing driver started from second on the grid, but took the lead when pole-sitter Loris Spinelli made an unexpected pit stop to rectify a loose wheel.

Antinucci resisted pressure from Jacob Eidson in the No. 106 US RaceTronics Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO through to the start of the pit window on 20 minutes.

Eidson pitted a handful of laps earlier than Antinucci, who had a three-second wait time to serve due to his status as a solo competitor.

Eidson’s co-driver Aghakhani emerged ahead of Antinucci after US RaceTronics registered a four-second gain on Dream Racing’s No. 127 machine in the pits.

Antinucci quickly reeled in Aghakhani and seized the lead of the race with a smart braking maneuver into the Turn 1 right-hander with 16 and a half minutes remaining.

Aghakhani was then handed a 1.110-second post-race time penalty for undercutting the minimum pit stop time, which put his car’s second place in question as Jeroen Mul was closing in for Change Racing.

Mul, who teamed up with Stevan McAleer, got to within a second of Aghakhani at the line, promoting Change Racing to second and demoting US RaceTronics to third.

Brandon Gdovic and Bryan Ortiz finished fourth overall as the Pro-Am class winners, ahead of Edoardo Liberati and Dario Capitanio in the No. 122 Dream Racing car.

Capitanio started Race 2 from the pits after repairs shortly before the green flag following a collision in the opening race.

Luke Berkeley completed the top five on the road but was stripped of his Am class win due to a five-second penalty for contact with category rival Ashton Harrison.

Berkeley spun at the beginning of the final lap, enabling Harrison to take the lead, only for her Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini to finish behind the No. 123 Dream Racing car.

The circumstances of their coming together are currently unclear, although Berkeley dropped behind Harrison in the provisional classification after the penalty was applied.

RESULTS: Misano Race 2 (provisional)

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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