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Lamborghini ST World Final Thursday Notebook

Tony DiZinno’s Thursday notebook from Lamborghini ST World Final…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

***All 66 cars entered, along with the more than 100 drivers and their respective crews, gathered for a full group shot on the Sebring International Raceway front straight today. This marks the first Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final in North America, after the last two took place at Vallelunga in Italy in 2013, and Sepang in Malaysia last year.

***Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca formally revealed the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series on its IMSA weekend next year, April 29-May 1. The complete 2016 Lamborghini ST schedule has been finalized and could be revealed this weekend, per series manager Chris Ward.

***O’Gara Motorsport team principal Tom O’Gara is on site here at Sebring, all good and walking around, following his accident at Road Atlanta. O’Gara did not attend the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship test at Daytona International Speedway earlier this week.

***Richard Antinucci, Corey Lewis and Justin Marks arrived at Sebring after being at Daytona. Antinucci and Lewis were able to turn laps in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3, while Marks’ hopes were dashed by the intermittent rain that occasionally interrupted running at the 3.56-mile road course.

***Sports car, open-wheel and NASCAR veteran Max Papis has made the trip to Sebring, after also spending some time at Daytona. Papis soaked up the atmosphere during the grid shot today.

***Prestige Performance’s Enrique Bernoldi made his first laps around the full 3.74-mile Sebring circuit today, with his previous laps coming in an open-wheel car on the short course in 2008. Meanwhile teammate Kevin Conway noted the team hasn’t tested here prior to this week’s race.

***To differentiate between the U.S., Europe and Asian Lamborghini ST series, different numbers have been added to the front of cars, to avoid any overlap. All U.S. entries have two-number cars (1 to 99), while European and Asian entries have three-number cars (Europe 102 to 196, and Asia 206 to 296).

***It inadvertently brings back memories of the single joint American Le Mans Series/FIA World Endurance Championship round in 2012. Then, overlapping entries required either a 0 or 1 in front of car to avoid confusion, but still produced a No. 55, a No. 055 and a No. 155 among the cars!

***There was nearly an accidental overlap when the Asian-entered No. 271 Supachai Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 of Supachai Weeraborwornpong had just the No. 71 on its car for early sessions. The 2 was later added to the car’s display.

***European entrants Harald Schlegelmilch, co-driver of the No. 187 Artline Team Georgia Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2, and Andrea Montermini, co-driver of the No. 196 Automobile Tricolore Huracán are among those with past starts at Sebring. Schlegelmilch finished fourth in a Formula Atlantic race in 2009, his only start in that series, behind winner and eventual BMW factory ace John Edwards. Montermini last started the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2002, then in a Ferrari 360 Modena.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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