It took a last-lap pass two turns from the checkered flag for Richard Antinucci and Edoardo Piscopo to earn their fourth win of the season in Round 9 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Road Atlanta.
In a caution-shortened race, Antinucci made the precision pass in the No. 50 O’Gara Motorsport Huracán representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills to win by .426 of a second over Enrique Bernoldi in the No. 1 Prestige Performance entry representing Lamborghini Paramus.
“Richie’s move, that was great,” Piscopo said. “He was not even close, and he braked as late as possible. He was on the limit in that corner, but fair move. It was fair play from both of them. Great drive.”
Dylan Murcott clinched the Gallardo Championship with his sixth win of the season in the No. 84 Mitchum Motorsports Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo. His win also cemented Mitchum Motorsports as Gallardo team champions. It is the second consecutive team championship for Mitchum.
Justin Marks also capitalized on the last-second action upfront to finish third overall in the No. 99 Change Racing Huracán LP 620-2 representing Lamborghini Carolinas. Madison Snow was fourth in the No. 14 BAD Lambo Racing entry representing Lamborghini La Jolla.
Pro-Am driver Corey Lewis rounded out the top five in the No. 29 Change Racing entry representing Lamborghini Carolinas. He was also the top Pro-Am finisher.
Piscopo led the field from pole through the first five turns of the 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit. The first caution of the race was triggered when the No. 69 of Tom O’Gara made heavy contact with the wall in Turn 5.
The race was red-flagged for extensive cleanup on the course. O’Gara was admitted to a local hospital for further observation due to back pain. He was awake and alert.
Piscopo once again led the field on the restart, with only 24 minutes left in the race. Bernoldi and Snow, who had both gained a position at the start of the race, followed him.
The mandatory pit window immediately opened after the green flag restarted the race. After the cars filtered through, Snow led the field, followed by Antinucci and Bernoldi.
A second caution was triggered when the No. 11 driven by Will James went off course in Turn 4. The field packed up for the restart with five minutes to go.
Once the race resumed, the top three stayed within a half of a second of each other.
Antinucci fought with Snow at every turn. He closed at the entrance of the turn, and Snow accelerated after each corner to give himself some breathing room.
On the last lap, Antinucci still searched for an open window. He found it.
At the entrance of Turn 10, Antinucci braked as late as possible and threaded the needle to take the inside and make the pass for the lead and the win.
“Snow was really quick, especially on the restarts and cold tires,” Antinucci said. “We were planning more of a longevity setup, but I was able to take advantage of the opportunity at the end and get the win for Tom (O’Gara). It was entirely for Tom.”
Kevin Conway was second in the Huracán Pro-Am division in the No. 10 Prestige Performance entry representing Lamborghini Paramus. Conway, the reigning driver champion, had been co-driving with Bernoldi until the last two rounds at Circuit of the Americas in September.
James Sofronas and Jeffrey Cheng rebounded from a qualifying incident to round out the Pro-Am podium with a third-place finish in the No. 88 GMG Huracán representing Lamborghini Newport Beach.
Damon Ockey was the first Huracán Amateur finisher and earned his second victory of the season in the No. 09 O’Gara Motorsport entry representing Lamborghini Calgary. He had previously won Round 5 in late August at VIRginia International Raceway.
The father-and-son duo of Jim and Josh Norman finished second in the Amateur category in the No. 71 BAD Lambo Racing entry representing Lamborghini Palm Beach.
Keeping his streak alive, Ryan Ockey finished third in the No. 89 O’Gara Motorsport Huracán representing Lamborghini Vancouver. It was his ninth straight podium finish this season.
The newly formed duo of Todd Snyder and Mat Pombo finished second overall in the Gallardo class in the No. 42 Mitchum Motorsports entry. Josh Hurley finished third after a drive-through penalty dropped him from the lead. He was driving solo in the No. 76 Musante-Courtney Racing entry representing Lamborghini Miami for the first time after co-driving with Peter Argetsinger at COTA.
Mitchum Motorsports landed two more drivers on the podium as Bryan Hixon finished first in the Gallardo Amateur class in the No. 23 entry representing Lamborghini Chicago and Brandon Gdovic finished second in the No. 46 Lamborghini Palm Beach Gallardo.
Joe Chan and Paul Taylor rounded out the podium, finishing third in the No. 15 Paragon Competition representing Lamborghini Toronto.
The final race of the weekend, Round 10, will start at 5:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. It will be live streamed at squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa.
A 60-minute show with highlights from both rounds will be televised from 9-10 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Oct. 28 on CBS Sports Network.
RESULTS: Round 9