2019 VIR Pre LST Race Report

The Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing and its seven drivers look to capitalize on the momentum they built at Road America as the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo series moves to the 17-Turn, 3.27-mile VIRginia International Raceway road course located in Alton, Virginia.

2019 VIR Pre LST Race Report

The Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing and its seven drivers look to capitalize on the momentum they built at Road America as the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo series moves to the 17-Turn, 3.27-mile VIRginia International Raceway road course located in Alton, Virginia this weekend.

During the August 23rd – 25th Michelin GT Challenge weekend, the team and drivers will once again compete in all four classes of the North American LST Series: Andrea Amici and Sandy Mitchell hope to close the 9 point gap for the lead in the PRO CLASS; With two points separation, Ashton Harrison and Stephanie Cemo are just spitting distance to catch the LB Cup leader; After his first career class win at Road America, Cameron Cassels is looking for another in the AM Class while IMSA WeatherTech Prototype driver Eric Curran looks to help teammate William Hubbell close the gap in the PRO-AM Class. Lance Fenton will take over the driving duties of the No. 53 Prestige Performance Super Trofeo to race in the AM Class with plans to return for the world finals in Jerez, Spain in late October.

Coming off the strong showing at Road America, Prestige Performance has moved up to a solid second position in the Team and Dealer Championship, just 9 and 10 points respectively from the leader.

Live Stream broadcasts of the Saturday, August 24th 4:45 pm (EST) Race 1 and Sunday, August 25th 10:55am (EST) Race 2 can be seen at https://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming , http://imsatv.imsa.com/ , http://www.radiolemans.co/.  

ANDREA AMICI, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO): 
“Finally, we put it all together and we did a mega weekend in Road America, recovering important points for the standings. We must use these in the best way possible in this moment, and keep pushing! Currently we are second place in the championship, so we need other wins. Virginia will be a hard challenge. It’s a technical track that me and Sandy are not familiar with. But that is true for us at all the tracks this year. We want to repeat another weekend like Road America”


SANDY MITCHELL, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
Your overall thoughts about racing at VIR? Please refer to your current place in the Championship.
“We go into VIR in 2nd place in the overall championship after a perfect weekend at Road America. I have never been to VIR before but I am extremely excited to drive the track. It has plenty of high-speed corners with a lot of undulation so I think it will be an interesting challenge.”

Road America was a stellar weekend, how are you capitalizing on that momentum going into VIR?
“It was fantastic to see our #1 Prestige Performance car in victory lane after both races at Road America! It has also helped us close the points gap at the top of the standings so we will be aiming to take this momentum into VIR and I hope for more of the same.”

What do you expect to be your greatest challenge at VIR (first time? Traffic or passing concerns?). 
“It’s my first time racing at VIR but it was also my first time at Road America and we achieved a Pole, Two Wins and a lap record so I seem to be able to pick up tracks quickly. I think the biggest challenge at VIR will be adapting to the levels of commitment needed through the fast corners like ‘the eases’ but this is something I am really looking forward to. It also looks difficult to overtake so qualifying will be important. I’ve been training on the simulator so I feel prepared and ready to go for Victory at VIR.”

ASHTON HARRISON, No. 43 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán ST (LB CUP)
Your overall thoughts about racing at VIR? Please refer to your current place in the Championship.
“Positive vibes moving onto our next rounds of LST at VIR. Stephanie and I are only two tiny points away from leading the LB Cup championship. I am looking forward to being back with my team and co-driver as we look forward to our goal, to win the US championship (& Worlds too)!”

Road America was a stellar weekend, how are you capitalizing on that momentum going into VIR?
“I feel like Stephanie and I continue to prove that we are capable of winning. Even though the drive-thru penalty after I took the lead in class was a challenge for us, we survived in 2nd. It gave us the points we needed as we look ahead. We're keeping our heads up as we continue to push onward to VIR and Laguna Seca.”

What do you expect to be your greatest challenge at VIR (first time? Traffic or passing concerns?). 
“I personally love challenges. I thrive off of them! VIR is a great track, tons of grip and the Esses are so much fun! Again, I love speed and the Lamborghini gives us that. It can be challenging to make passes in the corners at VIR, the track is not as wide as Watkins Glen or Road America, but I plan on making it work. I am so happy with the progress we had with our entire team at Road America. I am really looking forward to the remainder of the season.”


CAMERON CASSELS, No. 33 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (AM):
Your overall thoughts about racing at VIR? Please refer to your current place in the Championship.
“VIR is always a great track for close racing with ample opportunities for passing. As we approach the
halfway mark of the season, and a fairly tight points battle, VIR will be important to capitalize on.”

Road America was a stellar weekend, how are you capitalizing on that momentum going into VIR?
“All of the hard work the crew at Wayne Taylor Racing put in to the Lamborghini Huracan preparing and supporting it for the Road America weekend showed on Saturday and Sunday! We have proven in each of the races so far this season that we are a threat for the win. Now we just have to put our heads down and try for another win at VIR."

What do you expect to be your greatest challenge at VIR (first time? Traffic or passing concerns?). 
"I love the way the track flows, the climbing esses are always a blast! One of the challenges is the heat and humidity that we encounter each year at VIR. This will be another weekend of double duty as I am also racing an LMP3 car in the Prototype Challenge series, so staying hydrated will be important."