ProAm and AM Wins for US RaceTronics on Sunday at VIR with Lamborghini Super Trofeo
- August 26, 2019
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Alton, Virginia (Sunday, August 25, 2019) – US RaceTronics grabbed wins today in both the ProAm and AM classes at Virginia International Raceway with Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Add to that a second-place overall podium for the No. 09 Lamborghini of Vancouver and a second-place ProAm finish for the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla, and team has a lot of new hardware to carry back to California. With qualifying for Race 2 canceled yesterday due to an accident at pit-in, at the end of the first qualifying session, the field was set based on points by class. This put points-leaders Ockey and Eidson in a good position for the start of the race.
Jacob Eidson started the race from fifth overall and first in ProAm in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Vancouver. Edison charged forward quickly into third-place but was passed shortly before the pit stop window. He brought the car in fourth overall just seconds behind the third-place car. The pair had another flawless pit stop, which allowed Ockey to come out in third-place overall while maintaining the class lead. Ockey pushed hard and built a sizeable gap over the fourth-place car. That gap was key in the final two laps when Ockey went off the track in the Oak Tree with one lap to go. Luckily, it was a quick off-track excursion with no damage to the car. Ockey quickly got back up to speed and crossed the finish for his and Eidson’s seventh win of the season, as well as their third overall podium.
Steven Aghakhani had a fantastic race in the No. 6 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. The sixteen-year-old from Southern California started ninth overall and second in class, but grabbed two overall spots on the opening laps as he fought McKay Snow for the AM class win. The pair had a great battle going until McKay suffered a flat tire shortly before the mandatory pit window was due to open, bringing out a full-course yellow and giving Aghakhani the lead. Aghakhani ducked into the pits as soon as the window opened. He pushed hard to build a big gap in the second-half of the race and moved the car through the field to a fifth-place overall finish to go along with his class win.
Ron Atapattu started the race seventh overall and third in ProAm in the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla. The cars were extremely bunched at the start and Atapattu unfortunately lost a few spots. He quickly recovered and drove a strong first stint before handing the car off to Liddy as soon as the pits opened. Liddy wasted no time moving through the field, passing the second-place ProAm car on lap 19. Liddy continued to maneuver through the field with great pace to bring the third USRT car home sixth overall and second in class.
The team heads back to California to start prepping for their ‘home’ race at Laguna Seca on September 13th, 14th, and 15th.
Jacob Eidson – “Great race! Our goal was to get an overall podium and we did it. Damon made it a little exciting there towards the end, but aside from that he drove awesome. His pace was really good. We had a really good driver change. Everything came together. Hopefully, we can keep doing that. It’s been a great season and I’m enjoying driving with Damon and the team. Hopefully, we can continue this at Laguna Seca.”
Damon Ockey – “Today’s race was great! Jake started first in the car and made it up to P3 overall. He brought the car into the pits in really good shape. The car setup was really awesome as well. I got in the car and was able to do some pretty quick laps. I stayed ahead of some of the Pro guys. I think they had a few issues and drive-through penalties and that helped us get to P3 overall and P1 in class. Really, really fun race. I had a little bit of an off-road experience in the Oak Tree. I spun but was able to only lose about three seconds on that lap, so it ended up not being too bad. Looking forward to Laguna Seca.”