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Cecotto Holds Off Mitchell for Pro/Pro-Am Race 1 Win

Jonathan Cecotto beats Sandy Mitchell in first World Final Pro/Pro-Am race by 0.137s…

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Jonathan Cecotto and Frederick Schandorff won the first of two Pro/Pro-Am races as part of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final at Jerez on Saturday afternoon by narrowly holding off Sandy Mitchell.

Mitchell closely chased Cecotto for the last ten minutes of the race and made several close attempts to pass, including a switchback maneuver coming out of the final corner on the last lap.

The Scottish driver was unable to make it stick, however, and crossed the line 0.137 seconds behind Cecotto, cementing the victory for Target Racing.

Cecotto’s teammate Schandorff started from pole and led his first stint in the car while several incidents occurred throughout the field,

The Target pair are competing as part of the Super Trofeo Europe field this weekend and scored victory in the regional series’ first race on Friday.

Mitchell and his Prestige Performance teammate Andrea Amici, who are part of the North America field, won the first race in their series on Friday, meanwhile. 

The rest of the top four was completed by other North American entries, with Brandon Gdovic and Conor Daly’s Prestige Performance Motorsports car finishing third and the Dream Racing Motorsport entry of Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Paolo Ruberti fourth.

Daly passed Amici for second on the run up to the first corner but his PPM car lost two positions in the pits, dropping Gdovic to fourth after the stops.

Bonaldi Motorsport’s Sergey Afanasyev moved into third but a crash later in his stint took the Russian out of contention and moved Gdovic back to third, behind Mitchell.

Pro-Am honors went the way of Imperiale Racing duo Karol Basz and Andrzej Lewandowski, who moved into the lead after a first-lap crash for Pro-Am polesitter Afiq Ikhwan Yazid.

The Malaysian driver’s crash brought out a safety car period, although a later collision for Harald Schlegelmilch and Philip Kadoorie at Turn 10 was retrieved under local yellows.

Pro/Pro-Am Race 2 is set for 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, after the second Am/LB Cup race at 11:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. EDT). Note that Daylight Saving Time ends in Spain on Sunday morning, reducing the time difference to EDT from +6 to +5 hours.

RESULTS: Pro/Pro-Am Race 1

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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