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Snow Wins Dramatic First Lamborghini ST U.S. Race at Sebring

Madison Snow dominates dramatic first Lamborghini ST race at Sebring…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Madison Snow scored a dominant win in Round 11 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America season to kick off a doubleheader Friday at Sebring International Raceway, in the final two races for the season before the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final the rest of the weekend.

Meanwhile, the championship battle in the Huracán PRO class took a dramatic twist when Edoardo Piscopo pitted the points-leading No. 50 O’Gara Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 before the green flag with a gearbox problem.

It left Piscopo and points leader Richard Antinucci stranded for the rest of the 50-minute race, watching as Antinucci’s closest title rival Enrique Bernoldi has unofficially gained 12 points after entering the race down 26 points.

Bernoldi, who broke a driveshaft in qualifying and was resigned to a last-place start, quickly gained 10 positions on the opening lap from 24th place up to 14th in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2.

The Brazilian made it to as high as fourth place before the pit stop window opened, and then came in on Lap 12 of the 21-lap race from second place for his single stop.

The race went under a full-course caution just past the half-hour mark for an accident at Turn 13. Snow, who’d only lost the lead on the pit cycle after taking the lead once Piscopo pitted at the start, restarted from the lead ahead of Change Racing USA teammates Corey Lewis, Justin Marks and Bernoldi in fourth.

Bernoldi made a crucial, decisive last lap pass of Marks down the inside of the No. 99 car at Turn 10, Cunningham Corner, and Marks ran wide on corner exit as Bernoldi made it through.

It promoted Bernoldi to second in PRO, third overall, behind Snow and Lewis, and netted him an additional two points gained (scored 12 instead of 10).

Snow took his second win of the year in the No. 14 BAD Lambo Racing Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 by 1.024 seconds over Lewis, in the No. 29 Change Huracán, who scored his ninth straight PRO-AM win.

A dynamic fight for fourth overall occurred on the final lap, and saw Cedric Sbirrazzuoli in the No. 07 STR Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 edge Marks for fourth by just 0.005 of a second. Sixth overall, one tenth behind Sbirrazzuoli, was Andrea Amici in the No. 10 Prestige Huracán.

Sbirrazzuoli shared his car with Lawrence DeGeorge, and made up 10 positions from when he took over the car following its pit stop. Amici shared his with Kevin Conway, and Conway ran as high as second.

Damon Ockey won the Huracán AM class in the No. 09 O’Gara Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 over brother Ryan Ockey, with the father-son duo of Dr. Jim and Josh Norman in third. Josh Hurley took the Gallardo class win in 10th overall, in the No. 76 Musante-Courtney Racing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4.

Unofficially, Antinucci will have a 14-point lead over Bernoldi heading into the final round of the day, and would clinch the North America championship with a finish. Bernoldi would need to win (15 points) and hope Antinucci scores no points in order to overtake him.

Race two of the day, and the 12th and final round of the season, goes green at 1:45 p.m. ET and local time.

RESULTS: Round 11

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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