A drive through penalty for Daniel Zampieri for undercutting the minimum pit stop time promoted Afiq Yazid to the race lead and the Malaysian went on to win Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final Pro/Pro Am Race 1 at Vallelunga.
Yazid took over for teammate Kei Cozzolino who qualified the No. 211 Clazzio Racing car in second and run in that position for the entirety of his stint while pressuring Zampieri’s co-driver Giacomo Altoe for the lead in the early stages.
When Zampieri brought his Antonelli Motorsport car to pit lane to serve the penalty, Yazid swept past and cruised home for a dominant win.
Ben Gersekowski and Richard Muscat finished second for Leipert Motorsport, while Niels Lagrange and Frederik Schandorff completed the podium in the sister Leipert car.
The day got worse for erstwhile race leaders Zampieri and Altoe when the former was penalized an additional 20 seconds for overtaking under a local yellow. The duo will start from pole in Race 2 tomorrow.
Madison Snow and Corey Lewis survived the carnage and self destruction to claw their way to a fourth place finish, best of the Super Trofeo North America competitors, in the No. 129 Change Racing entry.
Loris Spinelli and JC Perez took the class win in the Pro Am class, while the pairings of Emanuele Zonzini and Lorenzo Bontempelli and Mikko Eskelinen and Juuso Phakka completed the class podium.
Kelvin Snoeks and James Pull had their Bonaldi Motorsport entry disqualified for failing to serve a drive through penalty.
Snoeks ran as high as second late in the race but ultimately was called into pit lane with a black flag after the team was unable to call him in for penalty either by radio or with a sign board on pit lane.
Race 2 of the weekend is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. local time on Sunday.
RESULTS: Pro/Pro Am Race 1