The 2014 season of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo came to its conclusion with the last two races of both the Asia and World series being held at the Sepang International Circuit over the weekend.
It was a weekend to remember for the Bonaldi Motorsport team, as its drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Milos Pavlovic delivered the Pro Class World Final title on Sunday having seized the Pro Class European Crown on Friday. The Italian-Serbian partnership won the day’s first race in the morning before finishing second in the afternoon behind team mate Mirko Bortolli, who fought his way through the pack from a starting position at P13.
American driver Richard Antinucci of O’Gara Motorsport took second place in the Pro Class World standings with two podium finishes on the day, finishing second in Race 1 and subsequently third in Race 2. Third place in Race 1 was taken by Alberto Viberti of Autocarrozzeria Imperiale.
The Pro-Am Class (1 Professional and 1 Amateur) was a battle between Kevin Conway and Lawson Aaschenback of Change Racing against GRT Grasser Racing’s Gerhard Tweraser and Tomas Pivoda. The two pairs won one race each, but Tweraser and Pivoda’s failure to finish Race 2 saw them having to settle for second in the overall standings.
In the Amateur Class, Welshman Jack Rattenbury had a clear run to take the class trophy, storming to win both Race 1 and Race 2 amongst his peers whilst closely matching drivers from above classes. Second place overall went to Italian Simone Pellegrinelli of DTMotorsport.
On the same track a couple of days earlier was the sixth and final round of the Super Trofeo Asia. Interesting performances in Race 1 included that of solo Amateur racer Andrea Garbagnati suddenly coming from behind during the end of the race to earn his place on the winner’s platform. Chinese favourites Max Wiser and Jiang Xin dropped out after 12 laps. In other categories of Race 1, Japanese drivers Hironori Takeuchi and Masami Kageyama won the Pro-Am category whilst their compatriot Yoshiyuki Ochiai took first place in the Amateur category.
The wet track of Race 2 saw cars kicking up considerable amount of spray behind them with services of the pace car needed for the first couple of laps which were yellow-flagged. After the pace car’s withdrawal in lap 3, Giacomo Barri of Team Yaptonaga/Barri and Japanese duo Yasuyuki Uchida and Tomonobu Fujii were battling each other in the top two before both eventually trailed off. Barri fell behind in lap 12, whilst Uchida and Fujii were passed by two of their compatriot racers including Ochiai at the very last lap. The race was ultimately won by Max Wiser and Jiang Xin, who took the race lead on lap 12 and never relinquished it after.
Next year’s Super Trofeo Asia will welcome the next generation of Lamborghini super sports cars, a model this time built specifically for the rigors of the track – the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo.
Pictures: Official Lamborghini release.