MACHAVERN ZEROS IN ON AMATEUR TITLE AT ROAD ATLANTA
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 2, 2014) – Dillon Machavern picked up his second overall victory of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America season, winning Round 11 Thursday, Oct. 2 at Road Atlanta.
Machavern powered to a 7.881-second victory in his No. 46 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo representing Lamborghini Chicago and fielded by Mitchum Motorsports over Cody Ware in the No. 38 Rick Ware Racing entry representing Lamborghini Long Island.
Round 9 and 10 winners Corey Lewis and Aaron Povoledo finished third in the No. 76 Lamborghini Boston entry fielded by Musante-Courtney Racing, their third consecutive podium finish.
Machavern was also the first Amateur finisher, extending his lead to 14 points in the Amateur class championship over second-place Amateur finisher Kevin O’Connell in the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Gallardo representing Lamborghini Toronto.
"Obviously I'm in the championship, so I'm not looking to tear the car up in qualifying,” Machavern said. “We're just here to finish races, and I can't say it could go any more perfect.”
Ryan Ockey rounded out the Amateur podium, finishing third in the No. 88 O’Gara Motorsports entry fielded by Lamborghini Vancouver.
Multiple touring car champion Pierre Kleinubing made his season debut in the series in the No. 14 O’Gara Motorsports entry representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills. He led a majority of the race, building up a 22-second lead, until a flat tire with four minutes left in the race eliminated him from contention. He finished sixth.
Machavern’s victory helped Mitchum Motorsports climb to within three points of leader Change Racing in a tight Team Championship race.
Both the Team Championship and the Amateur class championship will be decided in the final round, a 50-minute race starting at 5:55 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 3. The race will be live-streamed at squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa.
The two rounds at Road Atlanta continue the global schedule for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship, which continues to reach new levels of success at every round in Europe, North America and Asia.
Racing in the Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship continues Oct. 18-19 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe last competed Sept. 19-21 at Nurburg, Germany, with Italian Alberto Di Folco clinching the Pro-Am championship with the Autocarrozzeria Imperiale team.
Drivers from all three Super Trofeo series will travel to the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the World Final on Nov. 22-23.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo car is the ultimate single-make race car and the only four-wheel drive GT racer in the world. The 570-horsepower, V10 Gallardo LP 570-4 features impressive technology such as paddle shift E-gear transmission, Öhlins race shocks, Brembo brakes, a carbon fiber aerodynamic package that includes a rear wing with 10 adjustable positions, MTA data acquisition, air jacks, center wheel locks and more.
ROUND 11 POST-RACE QUOTES:
DILLON MACHAVERN (No. 07 Lamborghini Chicago, winner, first Amateur): "I picked up good positions at the beginning and basically I was on cruise control and trying to keep the tires underneath me. Obviously, I'm in the championship so I'm not looking to tear the car up in qualifying. We're just here to finish races. (For my championship run) I can't say it could go any more perfect. Tomorrow we are going to stick with the same strategy.”
CODY WARE (No. 38 Lamborghini Long Island, second): "The race was incredible. It was a really stacked field, a lot of competition. To finish in the top three overall is just incredible. I'm really proud of my whole crew and everyone who gave me the opportunity."
COREY LEWIS (No. 76 Lamborghini Boston, third): "We started fifth, and we knew it was going to be hot and we were looking to conserve the tires as much as physically possible. We went from fifth to first in the opening stint, and I just kind of sat there and tried to conserve as much as I could and give Aaron as much tires physically possible. I can't thank the Musante-Courtney Racing team enough. We've been working our butts off, Aaron and I have been working together to piece this up to know we're both happy. To come from a flat tire midway through with Aaron and to have him push his way back all the way up through the field again, it's just absolutely awesome to be second in the pro division and third overall."
AARON POVOLEDO (No. 76 Lamborghini Boston, third): "I have to say there's very few things more exciting than racing a Lamborghini. It really is a thoroughbred, exotic car, one-of-a-kind experience. We went back out and came back up the field, so I'm honored to be on the podium again today. The Musante-Courtney Racing crew probably deserves better than this. I think we had the car to win. We'll hit the drawing board again and look at camera angles and stuff like that and see if we can come back tomorrow and keep the tires underneath us and go for the win again."
RYAN OCKEY (No. 88 Lamborghini Vancouver, third Amateur): “The start was exciting, lots of jostling. I managed to make up a couple of spots, fortunately, and then I got by a guy in the first lap. After that, it was pretty uneventful. I had a few brushes with some slower guys, but overall really a lot of fun. I’m grinning from ear to ear.”