LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 4, 2015)- Taking part in a private test at the all-new Thermal Club near Palm Springs, California, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong held the rare honor of becoming the first to test one of motorsport’s most anticipated racing cars on North American soil, the Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo.
“I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, but wow, what an amazing car,” stated Wong. “I was familiar with what would now be known as the ‘old’ Gallardo and the Super Trofeo Series, but I honestly wasn’t terribly familiar with the program or the series. I guess with a name like Lamborghini I shouldn’t have been surprised, but the car was fantastic. Great power, great grip, they’ve really taken advantage out of the mid-engine platform. The entire Lamborghini team that was on-site was very well presented and professional, and it’s clear they’re taking the right steps for a great program.”
The new GT3-spec car, which will be showcased in the United States as part of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series, is an all-new creation from the revered Italian marque. Built to the worldwide GT3-spec, beyond the Super Trofeo championship the car will also be eligible in such series as the Pirelli World Challenge, Blancpain GT series, or the GTD category of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship (in 2016).
To those familiar with the highly controversial “ranking” system currently in place with endurance sportscar racing such as the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSC), this article is nothing new. However for those who don’t completely understand what all the controversy is or where it stems from, we thought it might be good to provide a briefing on just what the system is, and where it came from.
While “ProAm” racing is nothing new to sportscar racing, with “gentlemen” drivers populating (and funding) the sport since inception, the roots of today’s system as we know it can be traced back to 2009.
Following the economic crisis in the Fall of 2008, the 2009 professional sportscar scene endured one of its weakest car counts in modern history. With gentleman drivers choosing to hold tight on their budgets until they saw how the stock market evolved over the coming months, the normally healthy “ProAm” market all of a sudden took a turn. This was most prevalent in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), which suffered its smallest car count in series history.