Richard Antinucci and Edoardo Piscopo ran away from the field to capture their second Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America victory of the weekend, winning Round 6 Sunday, Aug. 23 at Virginia International Raceway.
Antinucci and Piscopo took the checkered flag under caution in the No. 50 Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills and fielded by O’Gara Motorsport.
“Another great race, a great win,” Antinucci said. “(Piscopo) brings a little bit of luck and a lot of ability. He teaches me a lot, and we complement each other really well. Ultimately he’s capable of being faster than everyone else out there and then hands me a car with some of the freshest tires in the field.”
Local team Change Racing rounded out the top-three finishers on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit with Justin Marks finishing second in the No. 99 Lamborghini and Corey Lewis finishing third in the No. 29 Lamborghini. Lewis was also the top Pro-Am finisher.
Ryan Ockey finished fourth overall in the No. 89 O’Gara Motorsport entry fielded by Lamborghini Vancouver. He was the top Huracán Amateur finisher, followed by his brother, Damon Ockey, in the No. 09 Huracán representing Lamborghini Calgary placing fifth overall and second in the Amateur division.
Piscopo led the field from pole for the third time this weekend. As battles for position happened behind him, reigning Super Trofeo Europe and World Final Champion Piscopo quickly pulled away. He built a 13.326-second lead over the next 20 minutes.
When the mandatory pit stop window opened, Piscopo handed the car to Antinucci, who continued to keep the pace. Antinucci built a gap of 27.624 seconds under green-flag racing.
With just over three minutes to go, the first caution of the race was triggered by the No. 71 of Josh Norman making contact with the tire barrier in Turn 5. The race ended under caution, ensuring the third victory of the season for Antinucci and second for Piscopo.
“It was a great weekend,” Piscopo said. “I made a mistake yesterday, and I made up for it today. I’m still learning. But today we had an even better car. We continue to improve every time we go out there.”
Antinucci extended his Pro Championship driver points lead to 84-60 over second-place Kevin Conway and Enrique Bernoldi. Piscopo is third with 50 points despite missing the first two races of the season.
Aaron Povoledo and Joe Courtney finished sixth overall and second in the Pro-Am division in the No. 77 Musante-Courtney Racing entry fielded by Lamborghini Miami. Series rookie Jeffrey Chang and Matt Halliday rounded out the Pro-Am podium in the No. 88 GMG Racing Lamborghini representing Newport Beach.
The father-son team of Jim and Josh Norman picked up a third-place Amateur finish in the No. 71 BAD Lambo Racing entry fielded by Lamborghini Palm Beach.
Reigning team champions Mitchum Motorsports swept the Gallardo podiums. Gallardo points leader Dylan Murcott earned his third overall winning Gallardo finish of the season in the No. 84 Mitchum Motorsports Gallardo LP 570-4. His teammates Bryan Hixon and Brandon Gdovic joined him on the podium, finishing second and third, respectively.
Hixon was the top Gallardo Amateur finisher in the No. 23 Gallardo representing Lamborghini Chicago. Gdovic was the second Amateur finisher in the No. 46 Palm Beach Gallardo. Todd Snyder rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in the No. 42 Mitchum Motorsports entry.
The next Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America event will be Sept. 16-18 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for Rounds 7 and 8 of the championship.
Highlights from all three rounds at VIR will be televised from 8-9 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Sept. 9 on CBS Sports Network.
The three rounds at VIRginia International Raceway kicked off a busy month for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship worldwide, which continues to reach new levels of success at every round in Europe, North America and Asia. Super Trofeo Asia will compete Sept. 5-6 at Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia, and Super Trofeo Europe will complete its next two rounds Sept. 18-20 at Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit in Germany, alongside the Blancpain Endurance Series.
Lamborghini and Blancpain provided world-class hospitality this weekend for clients and guests of Lamborghini dealers.
RESULTS: Round 6