Virginia may be for lovers, but the 14-turn, 3.27-mile VIRginia International Raceway showed little love for the eight drivers that make up the Championship winning Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) Lamborghini Super Trofeo team.
Weather throughout the day on Saturday made the road course slick with cars spinning onto wet grass and into the tire barriers. Nonetheless, Prestige Performance held on throughout Race #1 and, in the end, secured two podiums in the PRO|AM and LB Cup classes.
With the sun heating up the track on Sunday, spirits amongst the team were high. Due to the second qualifier being rained out the day before, the field lined up by driver points. The Wayne Taylor Racing stable lined up second in class across the board, with the exception of the No. 53 car which started 4th in class with newcomer Lance Fenton and Cameron Cassels, who, not wanting to lose precious Championship points, shared the AM Class cockpit with Fenton after his on-track incident during the Promoter Test Day rendered his No. 33 LST not capable of racing.
Race #2 started strong with Stephanie Cemo diving into Turn 1 and taking the LB Cup lead. The No. 1 Huracan LST driven by Sandy Mitchell made a misstep at the start and was pushed off into the damp grass. Mitchell quickly regained composure and started his hunt up the pack, making it to P1 by the mid-race pit stops. Bruno Junquiera, who stepped for Eric Curran, ran strong holding onto his P2 position in the PRO|AM class, focused on increasing the gap with P3 before handing the No. 69 over to William Hubbell. Lance Fenton, held his own, navigating traffic and turns before veteran Cameron Cassels jumped into the cockpit of the No. 53. At the checkered, the day saw all Prestige Performance on podium.
With four races remaining, all drivers of the Prestige Performance with WTR team remain in second-place in their respective Class Championships. The Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing team is second in both the Dealer and Team Championships, just 7 and 10 points from the leaders respectively.
The final two North American races of the Lamborghini Series take place in just two weeks as team and drivers head west to the WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway for Rounds 9 & 10, September 13th – 15th.
RACE #1, ROUND 7
Andrea Amici | S. Mitchell PRO CLASS – 4th in Class & Overall | Qualification by Amici – 3rd
• Sandy Mitchell sets fastest lap by Class | Circuit record
Cameron Cassels | Lance Fenton AM CLASS – 4th in Class | Qualification by Cassels - 3rd
William Hubbell |Bruno Junquiera PRO|AM Class – 3rd in Class | Qualification by Hubbell – 3rd
Stephanie Cemo | Ashton Harrison LB Cup – 3rd in Class | Qualification by Harrison – 3rd
RACE #2, ROUND 8**
Andrea Amici | S. Mitchell PRO – 3rd in Class | 4th Overall | Qualification by Mitchell -2nd
• Sandy Mitchell sets fastest lap by Class | Circuit record
Cameron Cassels | Lance Fenton AM CLASS – 3rd in Class | Qualification by Fenton – 4th
Stephanie Cemo | Ashton Harrison LB Cup – 2nd in Class | Qualification by Cemo – 2nd
William Hubbell | Bruno Junquiera PRO|AM Class – 3rd in Class |Qualification by Junqueira – 2nd
** Due to weather and on-track incident during Qualifying #1, Qualifying #2 was cancelled. Race #2 starting grid was decided by driver points.
PRO CLASS - #1 CAR
SANDY MITCHELL, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
“I had a difficult start when the green flag fell and ended up 4th by the first corner. The way the pack was, I ran slightly wide on the corner and into the grass. I drove well after that and had several good overtakings and got up through the pack again. The car was really good. I think another set another track record getting to P2. Then unfortunately at Oak Tree Corner, I made a mistake, going too fast, and the barriers are quite close to the track there and I just brushed them having to go into reverse to get the car back on track. I must say that I am sorry to the team and Andrea because we could have had a win today or definitely Top Two. P3 in Class is still good points toward the Championship but it should have been a better weekend for us.”
AM CLASS - #53 CAR
LANCE FENTON, No. 53 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (AM):
“The weekend was full of excitement from going out in the rain for Race #1 on slick tires and to every form of chaos you could imagine today but overall we ended up on Podium at the end of the weekend and what an epic adventure it has been!”
LB CUP - #43 Car
ASHTON HARRISON, No. 43 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (LB CUP):
“I felt like we had a pretty good race going on. It was unfortunate we got a little mixed up in the pits. That probably caused us our win, so it is definitely something we need to work on as a team. Stephanie did a KILLER start. She put us in first almost immediately. It was amazing and I’m really proud of her and our team. I look forward to one day when we stand once again on the top of the podium.”
STEPHANIE CEMO, No. 43 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (LB CUP):
“The start of the race was super, super intense. All bunch up, super tight through the green. I pretty much dove in and landed P1 before corner 1. Had a little bit of contact, kept my composure, head down and I think I held P1 for the majority of my stint. We had a little bit of a bad pit stop. Ashton jumped in and recovered from our stop and finished P2.”
PRO|AM CLASS - #69 CAR
BRUNO JUNQUIERA, No. 69 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
“It was a decent race today. I kept second position for William. Unfortunately, the yellow came at the wrong time. You had a big gap for P3 and when we brought the car in for the driver change, we didn’t have the gap we wanted. But we did well and had fun. I want to thank the team and William for giving me a last-minute call and to have the opportunity to drive this weekend.”