Richard Antinucci made a bold move around Alec Udell on the opening lap then controlled the field from the front to take victory in the first Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race of the weekend at Watkins Glen International.
With his fourth win of the season, Antinucci has extended his points lead that stood at 15 points entering the weekend.
Udell led the field to the green flag after securing his first career Super Trofeo pole, but Antinucci managed to hang to the outside of the pole-sitter in Turn 1 and completed the pass in the esses in the No. 27 entry he drives solo for Dream Racing Motorsports.
Jeroen Mul and Stevan McAleer teamed up to take second place for Change Racing with Mul able to apply some pressure on Antinucci during his stint, but the Dutchman could not find a way past.
The O’Gara Motorsport/USRT pairing of Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson appeared poised to complete overall podium before a crash stemming from an apparent tire puncture in Turn 8 in the final minutes.
That allowed Udell, who slipped back to fourth following the mandatory pit stop, to retake the third position for Kelly-Moss Road and Race.
Brandon Gdovic and Bryan Ortiz combined to take the Pro-Am win for Precision Performance Motorsports with a fourth-place overall finish, followed the Am winner Giovanni Taurino for Taurino Racing.
Mark Kvamme and Terry Olson topped the order in LB Cup for PPM in 15th overall.
The lone yellow of the race was was caused by a heavy crash from Prestige Performance by Wayne Taylor Racing driver Kyle Marcelli in the esses with 34 minutes left in the race.
The Canadian driver was able to gingerly walk away from his badly damaged race car with the help of the AMR Safety Team.
Race 2 of the weekend is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. ET with live coverage available on Lamborghini.com, IMSA.tv and Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold.
RESULTS: Race 1