US RaceTronics has announced that veteran racer Brian Thienes and the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo champion Patrick Kujala will be joining the team for the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series.
The pair will join forces in the No. 17 Huracán Pro-Am entry.
Spanish born driver, Kujala dominated the Squadra Corse Lamborghini Series (Super Trofeo Europe) last season and took the 2015 Championship at the World Finals in Sebring, Florida.
Thienes is the owner of successful civil engineering and land surveying company, Thienes Engineering, and has a long standing history with Seneviratne, having raced together in the Formula Atlantic Series.
“I jumped at the opportunity to work with Shane again,” Thienes said. “He’s definitely focused on getting the best possible results. He has a unique leadership quality; the ability to identify and rally the industry’s brightest talent.
“I’m also extremely excited to have the opportunity to partner with Patrick this season. He’s a fantastic driver and I think we’re going to make a great team.”
Kujala will join Thienes in 2016 for eight of the 12 races along with the World Finals in Valencia, Spain.
Kujala, who is competing for Lamborghini in its European GT3 program, will miss the season opener at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway along with the two rounds held at Road America. His replacement driver has not yet been confirmed.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to do the Super Trofeo North America Championship this season with US RaceTronics and Brian Thienes as my teammate,” Kujala said. “We had two great days of testing at Buttonwillow.
“The team did great job and I found myself very comfortable from the very first moment. Brian has important racing experience with single seaters and even though he has not been racing for a few years, he was very quick, able to do very good laps and had a good pace.
“I am convinced that we will make a good pair for the North American PRO-AM Championship and of course for the World Final at the end of the year.”
The signing of Thienes and Kujala represents the first step forward as Seneviratne moves to continue the success he established last season as race team director of O’Gara Motorsport.
“I’m happy to be working with Brian again,” said Seneviratne. “We had a good stint together in Formula Atlantic and I’m looking forward to having him join the team.
“He is a professional racer and I’m excited to have him on board along with Patrick. Patrick is an extraordinary young talent, and we’re inspired by his passion and determination to win.
“I’m confident that, with Brian and Patrick, we’ll be able to build a competitive program.”
The 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American Series will kick off next month at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.