Valencia, Spain (5 December 2016) – Change Racing continued its strong run of Lamborghini competition this weekend as the team closed out the 2016 race season at the Super Trofeo World Finals in Valencia, Spain.
Both Richard Antinucci and Luis Rodriguez Jr. traveled to the 2.48-mile circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain for the finale event of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Antinucci had his first NA-PRO class start while Rodriguez Jr. ran in the NA-AM class.
Making the most of his return to Change Racing, Richard Antinucci took a clean sweep in the Super Trofeo North America finale events while his Change Racing teammate Luis Rodriguez Jr. secured a race win in Round 11 in the AM Class.
On Thursday, between the Super Trofeo North American and Asian Series, 21 cars took to the track to qualify for Rounds 11 & 12. Antinucci followed up his impressive practice results by qualifying his No. 116 Huracán in second and on pole for Rounds 11 and 12 respectively. Rodriguez Jr. was also right on the pace in qualifying, locking in a spot on the third and fifth rows for the double-header event.
Antinucci impressed the field with a clean sweep through both races, beating out reigning PRO class champion, Shinya Michimi and the rest of the pursuers as he scored two wins to kick off the weekend.
“We have a bit of a view towards the World Final, so we’re trying to prepare as best as we can to be sharp by then,” Antinucci told Sportscar365.com
Similarly, Rodriguez topped the podium in Round 11, finishing just over a second ahead of second place contender, Damon Ockey after 50 minutes of racing. Round 12 saw a more difficult drive as Rodriguez Jr. sustained contact from a back marker and was credited with an 18th place result.
Those preliminary races all led up to the main event: the World Finals. Antinucci and Rodriguez both found themselves in safe starting positions for the two main events. Antinucci qualified just outside the top-five in sixth position for both races. Rodriguez Jr. qualified on pole for Race 1 and in fifth for Race 2.
Following a penalty-filled first race, Antinucci drove his Lamborghini to finish out the podium in third place while Rodriguez Jr. had an unfortunate incident with another competitor while running in the second position, ultimately ending his race with just 15-minutes remaining.
The final round proved most difficult with a rain-soaked track and further precipitation throughout the event. The previous day’s damage meant Rodriguez would not be able to start the final event to decide the World Champion. Antinucci would suffer an off track excursion early in the race to drop him back in the field, only to see his race prematurely ended by another off track incident with minutes remaining.
Coming out of the 2016 season on a high note with victories in Valencia, the Change Racing team is ready to take on 2017 as the group prepares for programs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as in Lamborghini Super Trofeo competition for their fifth season.