Conor Daly held off a pair of challengers in the closing laps to claim victory in Saturday’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park, in a caution-free race that featured multiple lead changes.
Daly and co-driver Brandon Gdovic scored top overall and Pro class honors in the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports/Lamborghini Broward Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO.
Gdovic took the lead during the first stint of the race when the No. 29 Change Racing/Lamborghini Charlotte entry driven by Richy Antinucci was assessed a drive-through penalty for an incident early in the race.
The team pitted early in the mandatory window and returned to the track to find themselves behind eventual Pro-Am class winner Damon Ockey in the No. 09 US RaceTronics/Lamborghini Vancouver who was leading the race.
With just under 17 minutes remaining Daly and Corey Lewis, who had taken over for Antinucci, both passed Ockey but the three cars stayed closed.
Daly increased lead to over a second but Ockey fell off the pace from the leaders and found himself being chased down by Lewis and Sandy Mitchell in the No. 1 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing/Lamborghini Paramus entry.
Daly slowly increased his lead over the two and went on to record his first Super Trofeo win by just under two seconds.
“It was fun fighting off Corey because he is a good driver and has a lot of experience with these cars,” Daly said. “Brandon did a great job at the start and I am thankful for the opportunity.
“It was tough today because I know this track but not really the car. Brandon is the opposite. When you look at our times we knew we were fast but hadn’t been able to put it together until today so it was fun to get out there and learn more about the car.”
While he dropped off the overall lead, Ockey and teammate Jacob Eidson earned the victory in the Pro-Am class after being the fastest in class during practice and qualifying.
The Am class race was dominated from start to finish by McKay Snow in the No. 63 Change Racing/Lamborghini Charlotte entry.
He took the lead from the class pole and was never headed during the entire 50-minute race winning by just under 30 seconds ahead of Cameron Cassels (No. 33 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing/Lamborghini Paramus).
There was some drama in the LB Cup race as Ashton Harrison in the No. 43 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing/Lamborghini Paramus entry had the car in the lead at their pit stop.
Stephanie Cemo took over for her and was assed a drive-through penalty but was able to serve that and still keep the class lead.
With 12 minutes remaining there was an incident that changed the landscape of the LB Cup race.
Contact between their car and the No. 88 of Jeremy Cheng that took the 43 out of the lead.
That resulted in the class lead falling to Mel Johnson in the No. 08 GMG Racing/Lamborghini Newport Beach entry and he went on to win over Matt Dicken in the No. 36 Change Racing/Lamborghini Charlotte.
Round 2 of the championship continues Sunday at 1:55 EDT. That race can be streamed live on IMSA.tv and squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming.
RESULTS: Race 1