Richard Antinucci has claimed a commanding victory in the opening round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America at Circuit of The Americas.
The Dream Racing Motorsport driver took his No. 27 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo to a 3.989-second win over the No. 16 Change Racing entry of Stevan McAleer.
Antinucci, a two-time series champion, moved from third to second at the start before getting around pole-sitter Nico Jamin in Turn 12 on the opening lap.
He bridged out a six-second lead prior to a full-course caution for the No. 7 TR3 Racing Lamborghini of Sandro Espinosa, which stopped on track after contact from John Hennessy’s No. 33 O’Gara Motorsport/USRT entry.
The incident, which delayed the opening of the pit window, saw the race restart with less than 20 minutes left on the clock.
Defending champion Madison Snow and new-for-2021 co-driver McAleer came home second, with the No. 6 O’Gara/USRT Lamborghini of Jacob Eidson and Steven Aghakhani completing the overall and Pro class podium.
Last year’s Pro runner-ups came out as the big winner in the round of pit stops, after initially running outside of the top-five.
The No. 48 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Lamborghini of Alec Udell was fourth, with Max Weering completing the top-five in the No. 61 MCR Racing Lamborghini.
Brandon Gdovic and Bryan Ortiz combined to claim Pro-Am class honors in their No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports entry while a late-race pass by Giano Taurino on Alan Metni gave Taurino the Am class win.
LB Cup class honors went to the No. 36 Change Racing Lamborghini of Matt Dicken.
Race 2 gets underway Sunday at 11:10 a.m. CT.
RESULTS: Race 1