Paolo Ruberti and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli have broken through to take their first Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America victory of the season in the opening race of the weekend at Virginia International Raceway.
Ruberti drove the No. 27 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO to a 0.377-second win over the No. 29 Change Racing entry of Corey Lewis and Richard Antinucci.
The Italian took over the lead of the 50-minute race following the pit stop sequence from Antinucci, who held command in the early stages.
With the race starting under yellow, pole-sitter Shinya Michimi led the first three laps in the No. 46 PPM Lamborghini before making way for former series champion Antinucci.
Behind, Sbirrazzuoli was afforded second place when Michimi clashed with Andrea Amici’s No. 1 Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing car at Turn 11.
Sbirrazzuoli stayed out for a longer first stint than Antinucci, which handed the No. 27 Dream Racing car the overlap and set Ruberti into the lead ahead of Lewis.
Ruberti resisted the advances of Lewis, who at one point almost charged into the lead with an aggressive move at the end of the back straightaway, to take a narrow victory.
Michimi and Gdovic finished third, ahead of Amici and Sandy Mitchell.
Pro-Am class honors went to the No. 09 Us RaceTronics Lamborghini of Damon Ockey and Jake Eidson, who finished fifth overall, while McKay Snow picked up the Am class victory in his No. 63 Change Racing entry.
Supercross star Chad Reed continued his streak of success in Super Trofeo competition with another win in LB Cup alongside Justin Price in the No. 22 Dream Racing Lamborghini.
Race 2 for the single-make series is scheduled for a 10:55 a.m. ET start on Sunday with live coverage on IMSA.tv.
The grid for the 50-minute contest will be set by championship positions heading into the VIR weekend, with the field split into class blocks, after qualifying was cancelled due to poor weather.
RESULTS: Race 1