Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America driver Ron Atapattu is targeting a return to racing for the series’ season finale at Sebring International Raceway.
The Wild Elephant Racing team principal/driver has been forced to sit out the start of the single-make series due to a recovery from recent back surgery related to an accident in Barcelona several years ago.
Team driver Leo Lamelas scored a pair of Pro-Am class podium finishes in the season-opening rounds at Road America in the No. 24 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo run by US RaceTronics.
“Of course, I’m disappointed in not driving our first race,” said Atapattu, “But I expect to be back in the seat in a short period of time.
“In the meantime, I’m very proud of Leo and happy to share the No. 24 Wild Elephant Lamborghini with him this season.
“Just like last year’s series with co-driver Patrick Liddy, I believe that Leo brings a complimentary set of skills to the team that will help propel us to a strong finish in every race.”
While the Super Trofeo is a new experience for the Brazilian driver, Lamelas is coming off a strong season in IMSA Prototype Challenge competition, finishing third in the LMP3 championship last year.
“It’s a new world completely for me,” Lamelas said. “The car is new for me. Road America was one of just two tracks in this series that I have not been to, so I think this is one step ahead for me to be a little more comfortable.
“I look forward to when Ron rejoins the team and expect that we will run strong in Pro-Am this season.”