Vito Postiglione has claimed victory in Saturday’s opening round of the Lamborghini World Final in Valencia, taking maximum points in an penalty-inflicted and attrition-filled race.
The Italian driver pedaled his No. 23 Iperiale Racing Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo to a 2.321-second win over newly crowned Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo European champion Dennis Lind.
Lind took over second following engine failure for the pole-sitting and early pace-setting No. 16 Antonelli Motorsport entry of Loris Spinelli, who led the opening stint ahead of Postiglione, but stopped on track with 9 minutes remaining with smoke billowing out of his Huracán.
However, Spinelli received a combined 6.275-second post-race penalty for two in-race infractions, which would have dropped him to third.
“Apart from a difficult moment at the start, when I slightly collided with Kodric’s car, who had had a contact with Spinelli, there were no other problems during the race,” Postiglione said. “Let’s cross the fingers for tomorrow.”
North America competitor Richard Antinucci completed the overall and Pro class podium as a result in his No. 110 Change Racing Lamborghini, following a hard-fought race for the double Valencia Super Trofeo round winner.
Antinucci finished some ten seconds ahead of Harald Schlegelmilch, who rebounded from an opening-lap spin to finish fourth overall following a charge from 23rd.
Rik Breukers claimed Pro-Am class honors by finishing an impressive fifth overall in his No. 71 GDL Racing Lamborghini.
The 18-year-old Dutchman finished 12 seconds ahead of the second-placed Pro-Am class entry of Lorenzo Veglia and Andrea Fontana, which came home 7th overall.
Aside from Antinucci, the North America contingent struggled, with the No. 110 Prestige Performance entry of Trent Hindman and Craig Duerson also having been hit with a post-race time penalty, and teammate Shinya Michimi finishing 11th overall.
Brandon Gdvoic, of DAC Motorsports, was 12th overall and sixth in Pro-Am.
The second World Final race for Pro and Pro-Am competitors gets underway Sunday at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET), with live streaming coverage at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming
RESULTS: Race 1 (Pro/Pro-Am)