Trent Hindman and Jonathan Cecotto took the win in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race 2 at Vallelunga in dramatic fashion, while Corey Lewis and Madison Snow clinched the season-long championship for Change Racing.
Edoardo Piscopo and his US Racetronics co-driver Taylor Proto started from pole position and controlled most of the race from the front, but were handed a 0.372-second time penalty for a pit stop time infringement.
That penalty appeared to became a moot point when lapped traffic balked Hindman in the final minutes, dropping him over a second behind Piscopo, but the American managed to charge back into position to challenge for the win.
Lapped traffic entering the final corner then held up Piscopo, who won the drag race to the checkered flag, but by under the 0.372-second margin needed.
With the penalty factored in, Hindman and Cecotto were officially credited with the win by a mere 0.213 seconds.
The only drama in Change Racing’s championship run, meanwhile, came when the team was issued a penalty for not respecting the start procedure following the race’s only safety car period.
Snow handed the car off to Lewis who served the penalty, which dropped the car to the back of the Pro class running order.
Nevertheless, the duo entered the race with a nine point cushion over Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto and needed only to score points to ensure they brought home the title.
Damon Ockey picked up the Am class win over Cameron Cassells and class champion Ryan Hardwick, who dropped out of contention for a class win due to a drive through penalty for a pit stop time infraction.
Pro Am honors went to Alex Popow and William Hubbell, while Brett Meredith won in LB Cup.
The safety car was deployed seven minutes into the race due to problems for the No. 167 Precision Performance Motorsports car of Shea Holbrook who, following a spin, ended up perched atop one of the tall curbs that are placed on the inside of many corners at Vallelunga in order to dissuade drivers from cutting the course.
Holbrook’s car was retrieved by the track safety team but not before losing multiple laps.
The duo of Kei Cozzolino and Afiq Yazid swept the weekend’s pair of Super Trofeo Asia races which were held concurrent with the North American races.
Qualifying for the World Final races is next on the docket beginning at 9:30 a.m. local time, with the first World Final races scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (Am + LC) and 3:10 p.m. (Pro – Pro Am) locally on Saturday.