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    Championship Weekend for Lamborghini Vancouver & O’Gara Motorsport Driver Ryan Ockey at Sebring International Raceway

    Championship Weekend for Lamborghini Vancouver & O’Gara Motorsport Driver Ryan Ockey at Sebring International Raceway

    Ryan Ockey, driver of the No. 89 Lamborghini of Vancouver O’Gara Motorsport entry, finished the weekend in championship fashion by bringing home the Amateur World Championship to add to his North American Amateur Championship. Ryan drove a solid race today, finishing second overall in Race 2 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Finals to secure the championship. O’Gara Motorsport Pro drivers, Richard Antinucci and Edoardo Piscopo stormed through the field from a 12th place start on the grid to finish fourth, which was enough to take home third place in the Pro category of the World Finals.

    World Amateur Champion, Ryan Ockey, couldn’t have been happier. “Wow! What a fantastic race,” Ockey said. “The rain was letting off, but the track was still really wet and everybody was sliding around; we were trading positions. I started out second and then I was fourth and then I was third and then I was back to second. People going off the track and craziness… Then I won (the World Championship), so I’m super excited!”

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    O’Gara Motorsport team owner, Tom O’Gara, was overjoyed with the success of his Amateur driver. “I couldn’t be more thrilled for Ryan,” O’Gara said. “He’s performed exceptionally throughout the whole race season, to win the North American Championship and then to back that up with the World Championship. For our race team, in our first year, to have the type of success that the team’s had, we’ve had to have drivers like Damon and Ryan with us. It’s just been exceptional. We’re thrilled with the results. We’re happy for Lamborghini Vancouver and Lamborghini Calgary. It’s a great family victory.”

     

    Pole sitter for Race 2, Damon Ockey, had a disappointing day, but was still able to see the positives. Having built up a substantial gap, the driver of the No. 09 Lamborghini for Calgary retired with a mechanic issue on lap 8. “This race was bittersweet,” he said. “Bitter because I wasn’t able to finish; I had a brake failure. It was nice because my brother was able to clinch the World Championship. I’m looking forward to next season. It’s going to be awesome.”

     

    Edoardo Piscopo started 12th on the grid in the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills car and managed to pick off four competitors before handing the car off to Antinucci during the mandatory pit stop. “Overall, a solid weekend,” Piscopo said. “Starting from 12th we really couldn’t ask for more. We finished third in the World Finals so it’s not a bad result. Obviously we wanted more, but today we needed some luck in order to recover some more places and we had none… no yellow flags, no safety car… nobody crashed. We did our best and I’m really proud of the team and how Richie drove. Overall, sometimes you win; sometimes you don’t win; it’s racing, but this year we showed that we’re always up there.”

     

    North American Pro Champion Richard Antinucci charged the field after a fantastic pit stop, overtaking two more cars to finish fourth, which was enough for the pair to secure third place in the Pro World Finals. “Another great race,” Antinucci said. “We had a very good charge from an unfortunate qualifying position, which wasn’t a true reflection of where we should have started. Edoardo charged really well at the beginning. He maintained the tires for what we could have done, you know, pushing in the World Finals. I had a great out-lap or two and then we jumped those couple of guys with a really fast lap. Perfect pit work. The team did a fantastic job. I think we were only .08 over the minimum time delta in the pit window; that’s like Formula One level stuff. The team, O’Gara Motorsport, all year has been amazing. I love everyone like a family member, especially Tom and Maureen (O’Gara). Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and for believing in me. We got a lot of silverware this year, so fantastic year. Thank you. See you next year!”

     

    Tom O’Gara was proud of the job his team and drivers did this weekend, but expects even better results next year. “For the final race of the year, the championship,” he said, “the guys did a tremendous job. Starting off in 12th Edo moved up very quickly. He pushed the car hard. Then Richie got in the car and did a fabulous job. I think that from a drivers’ and team standpoint we had a good car. The guys drove the hell out of it. The other cars out there on track were faster than us. I wish we could have gotten up on the podium in the last race, but we accept where we are and will do better next year.”

     

    In their rookie season in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series, O’Gara Motorsport captured the North American Team Championship, North American Pro Driver Championship, North American Amateur Driver Championship, North American Dealer Championship (Beverly Hills), Amateur World Finals Championship, third place in the North American Amateur Driver Championship and third place in the Pro World Finals Championship. The team is enjoying the moment, but with one eye already looking toward 2016.

     

    Press Release: O’Gara Motorsport. Facebook/Instagram @ogaramotorsport

    We would like to say a huge thank you to the O’Gara Motorsport Team for their tremendous work throughout the thrilling 2015 season. There was some massive highs and frightening lows but they made it through the season victorious. We are very proud of our drivers and the massive team behind them! ROLL ON 2016!

     

     

     

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