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Laguna Seca Super Trofeo Weekend Notebook

Sportscar365’s weekend notebook from Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America at Laguna Seca…

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***Richard Antinucci and Conor Daly scored poles for this weekend’s pair of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Antinucci took his No. 29 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO to a quick lap of 1:24.978. Click Here for Qualifying 1 results.

***Daly, who is making his return to Super Trofeo competition this weekend, recorded a 1:25.865 lap time in the No. 46 PPM Lamborghini he will share with Brandon Gdovic. Jake Eidson (Pro-Am), James Sofronas (Am) and Ashton Harrison (LB Cup) picked up class poles, meanwhile. Click Here for Qualifying 2 results.

***GMG Racing team principal James Sofronas has made a return to Super Trofeo competition this weekend, in a third entry from the California-based team, which is taking part in its home race. Sofronas, who is Bronze-rated by the FIA, is competing in the Am class, after a deal with a co-driver to race in Pro-Am fell through at the last minute.

“I’m personally looking forward to getting back out there with my solo entry,” Sofronas said. “Our original intention was to run myself with a co-driver who was joining, however timing didn’t work out so we’ll turn my focus to simply gathering more data on this car and program as we continue to further develop our 2020 planning.”

***The team’s two other entries, which will again run in LB Cup, will be driven by Jeffrey Cheng and Jonathan Hirshberg (No. 88) and Mel Johnson and Thomas Lovelady (No. 08).

***Former GP2 star and Formula 1 test driver Dani Clos is set to make his Super Trofeo North America debut in the No. 69 Prestige Performance/WTR entry alongside William Hubbell. Clos becomes the fourth different co-driver to Hubbell this year, after Eric Curran (Barber Motorsports Park), Paul Tracy (Watkins Glen) and Bruno Junqueira (Virginia International Raceway).

***Junqueira has moved back to the No. 53 Prestige/WTR entry this weekend, which returns to action with co-driver Dean Baker in the Pro-Am class.

***Steven Aghakhani got his first taste of both a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo and driving in Europe earlier this month when the 16-year-old took part in tests at Monteblanco and Jarama, organized by Daiko Lazarus Racing. “It’s good to have in your back pocket in case someone ever picks up the phone and calls you,” he said.

***PPM is coming off a streak of success between its Super Trofeo and NASCAR programs, with Brandon Gdovic winning the Pete’s Towing Night Modified Division twin 40-lappers on Sept. 1 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., just days after capturing overall and Pro class victory in Super Trofeo Race 2 at VIR with Shinya Michimi.

***Daly is back in the No. 46 PPM Lamborghini this weekeend alongside Gdovic, with the NTT IndyCar Series driver getting valuable seat time at Laguna Seca ahead of next weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

***The North Carolina-based squad is looking to expand its programs in both Super Trofeo and WeatherTech Championship competition next year, with “new Huracans” arriving at the shop, according to team owner Richard Gdovic.

***Race 1 gets underway Saturday at 11:20 a.m. PDT and Race 2 on Sunday at 9:25 a.m. PDT. Both races will be streamed live on IMSA.tv, with tape-delayed broadcast on Wed. Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

***This weekend’s event marks the final races on North American soil this year, with the season-ending rounds to be held at Circuito de Jerez on Oct. 24-25, ahead of the Lamborghini World Final at the Spanish circuit that weekend.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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