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Liddy Eying ‘Pole and Podium’ in First Solo Super Trofeo Drive

Super Trofeo regular says “there’s no hiding” in Pro class as he looks to maximize a solo weekend…

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Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America driver Patrick Liddy says he has his sights set on the “podium and pole position” in his first ever solo-driven appearance in the one-make series after moving up to the Pro class for this weekend’s pair of rounds at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Liddy has been a mainstay in Super Trofeo competition since 2018, with regular co-driven Pro-Am class appearances, including his 2024 full-season campaign with co-driver Blake McDonald.

While Liddy previously competed in the Pro class in 2019 and in the series’ European Pro class in 2020, he has yet to drive solo in the series in any class on any continent.

“Never in my [Super] Trofeo career have I been in the car solo. I love it,” Liddy told Sportscar 365. “I’d like to be on pole, that’s a goal.”

“I think the podium and pole position. I think we have the pace to do pole overall.

“I would really like to put the lap together and put it on top.”

Liddy claimed the overall Super Trofeo pole for Race 2 at Laguna Seca in 2022 in his Pro-Am O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/US RaceTronics entry alongside Damon Ockey.

Interestingly, this weekend Liddy is driving the exact same chassis he used back then, with support from long-time lead mechanic Garrison Masters, who was also on hand that weekend.

“2022 was awesome,” said Liddy. “We got everything right, and I feel really strong here.

“The car feels really good. Garrison is the main mechanic on my car and we’ve been working together for like seven years, so I’m stoked to have him here.

“I’m excited, I think it’s going to be fun and it’s a strong track for me and for the team, so it’s going to be awesome.

“It’s definitely my favorite track of the year. It’s a home track. My family’s coming out tomorrow. So I’m excited about that.”

Despite a lack of testing in Monterey, Liddy was quickly up to speed on the 2.238-mile Northern California circuit, finishing third and second fastest respectively in Friday’s pair of practice sessions.

“I hadn’t raced this car on the Hankook [tire] until this season, Liddy said. “At Sebring, I didn’t know the track or the tire. So here I have a little bit more of a baseline and I know what feels good and what’s fast and what’s not.

“I just need to put it together.”

Liddy’s solo drive this weekend emerged after full-season Super Trofeo co-driver McDonald elected to compete in the Porsche Sprint Challenge USA West rounds at Utah Motorsports Campus, where he leads the 992 Pro-Am standings.

“He’s doing both championships – Sprint Challenge and [Super] Trofeo – and he’s leading [the Sprint Challenge USA West] championship” Liddy said of McDonald.

“So he said, ‘Hey, why don’t you drive the car solo this weekend and then I’ll join you at the next one.’

“It would be fantastic to try to keep the car clean for Blake, have a good race, and show off the fancy VF Engineering livery.”

“I just wish he was out here to experience it and give me a break. Thirty minutes is fine in the race, but after the stop and everything, I’m going to be sweating.”

Sportscar365 understands that Liddy could potentially drive solo again later this season due to the season finale for the Sprint Challenge USA West finale and Super Trofeo North America round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway falling on the same weekend in September, though nothing has been confirmed.

For the first time Liddy will contest each racing minute of both 50-minute races in a competitive eight-car Pro class field that includes reigning series champion Danny Formal, and Trans-Am star Ernie Francis Jr., and other series veterans.

“It’s going to be tougher battles at the front of the fields,” he said. “It’s very competitive here with how many cars we have.”

“You’re always on track with the same guys, but there is definitely more pressure in Pro.

“Especially when you’re on your own because you have to perform and you have to do it all. It’s easy when you have a co-driver to blame the co-driver for any and all things.

“You can hide a little bit in Pro-Am, there’s no hiding in Pro.”

Jonathan Grace is the host of Sportscar365's Double Stint Podcast and a contributor to the web site's IMSA-sanctioned race coverage.

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