Loris Spinelli and Giano Taurino claimed victory in a chaotic, rain and red flag-impacted final race of the weekend in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series at Road America.
While Nelson Piquet Jr. crossed the line first in his No. 30 ANSA Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2, he was handed a hefty time penalty for failing to make his mandatory pit stop during the 50-minute contest.
This awarded Spinelli and Taurino their second win of the weekend at Road America. Spinelli crossed the line with a narrow 0.757-second gap, as he held off firm pressure from the No. 11 Flying Lizard Motorsports Lamborghini of Joel Miller on the last lap.
Having started the race in ninth, Spinelli carved his way through the field after a late red flag restart, making his way all the way from 11th to second in the final 17 minutes.
The red was brought out while the field was under its second full course caution, as marshals worked to extract multiple cars from gravel traps and tire barriers.
Following the mandatory pit stops with under 30 minutes remaining, carnage ensued as rain began to fall. With showers starting at Canada Corner, a myriad of cars went off track under braking, including then-race leader, Piquet Jr.
The Brazilian extracted himself and hung onto the lead of the race as cars were brought back to pit lane after the red was shown, freezing the clock with 17 minutes and 17 seconds remaining.
Among those caught out by the changing conditions were both Forty7 Motorsports entries, as the No. 77 of Jake Walker slid off track, making impact with teammate AJ Muss, who was already in the tire barrier. Both drivers were uninjured.
Jeff Courtney also took a trip through the runoff area his NTE Sport entry at Turn 12, while Rodrigo Vales and Scott Schmidt spun separately on track.
With the field having changed to wet weather Pirelli tyres, Piquet Jr. led on the restart, being the only car in the field having yet to make his mandatory pit stop at the time.
The Pro-Am cars of Bryson Lew and Ashton Harrison were in second and third, respectively, at the restart. Five Am-class cars ran in the top-10, led by Randy Sellari behind the wheel of his No. 3 Wayne Taylor Racing entries.
Lew would go on to round out the podium and take the Pro-Am class victory. However, everyone in the top-10 would eventually be passed by Spinelli on his charge to the checkered flag.
Shehan Chandrasoma came out on top in the Am class, warding off the Pro class No. 50 O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/USRT car of Patrick Kujala to claim 10th overall.
A few laps prior, Jordan O’Brein brought his No. 99 ANSA Motorsports entry behind the wall at Tun 6, relinquishing his Am class lead.
Top honors are LB Cup were awarded to the No. 89 NTE Sport being driven solo by Fred Roberts.
LB Cup pole-sitter Slade Stewart was taken out of contention on the second formation lap as his No. 14 Flying Lizard machine was hit from behind by the No. 9 TPC Racing entry of Wesley Slimp. The “Sparklefarts” Lamborghini made its way to pit lane, but retired before the green flag dropped.
Wesley Slimp was handed a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility.
RESULTS: Race 2