Lamborghini, one of the most extreme sports car manufacturers in the world, wants to be at the pinnacle of global motorsports with its global single-make series. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series started in Europe seven years ago. Races are held in Asia and North America also. The finalists of the three championships will vie for the world finals in Malaysia later this year. Amateur and pro drivers share the track, driving the same Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo race car. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont. hosted one of the six North American races. Here’s a peek at the drivers and their cars.
Cody Ware – Rick Ware Racing
Cody Ware started racing full-time two years ago at 16. He drove a Lamborghini for the first time this year at Watkins Glen in New York. “To say I’m racing Lamborghinis is such a unique scenario. It’s such an amazing car. The power, the grip, and the overall feel of the car is something that no other car has. It’s absolutely incredible!” Ware’s daily driver is a Kia Optima.
Victor Gonzalez Jr.
Puerto-Rican born Victor Gonzalez Jr., 37, is a seasoned driver, racing for the past 24 years. He’s never taken a Lamborghini on the track until now. “It behaves like a real race car. It’s really fast and the amount of down force the car produces is really extraordinary!” Gonzalez drives a 2010 Ford Raptor and a 1985 Toyota pickup on the road.
Kevin Conway is a driver and co-owner of Change Racing. “I have never road raced. I was an oval guy coming out of NASCAR. This is my first foray into road racing,” says the 35-year-old who turned pro at 16. On the road, he drives a 2012 Ford Raptor. “I love that truck. I’d get into too much trouble if I had a Lambo as a daily driver.”
Canadian race car driver and coach Aaron Povoledo welcomed the chance to race on home soil. “It’s not just because its Canadian – I’m patriotic and it’s my home. Out of all the tracks I’ve driven in America, Canada and England, this is the single most challenging race track there is. It’s the scariest track and it’s the most rewarding track. It’s so challenging,” says Povoledo who drives a 2013 Hyundai Elantra – the second one he has owned.
Chris Mitchum, team principal of Mitchum Racing and driver, owns seven race cars and a 1996 Chevy Tahoe. “When you spend the money on the cars on the street you can’t have the cars here. I stayed true to that. It’s not about the flash away from the track – it’s about finding a way for the team to drive here.”
Gallardo Super Trofeo race car
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo was born in 2009 as a race car similar to the road version car. “It’s a thorough-bred race car. It’s an incredible race car!” boasts Chris Ward, U.S. Series Coordinator. “That car went down the same assembly line as the Gallardo spyder or Gallardo superleggera road car.” But this supercar has performance modifications added to the 570 hp 5.2-litre V10.
Next year, the Gallardo Super Trofeo gets replaced with the Huracán Super Trofeo race car, developed from the ground up as a racing car. It will be rear-wheel drive instead of 4WD and powered by a 610 hp 5.2-litre V10 that will go 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. Stay tuned for the global debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d-Elegance in Monterrey, California this August.
Giorgio Sanna is Lamborghini’s global motorsports coordinator and chief test driver for Lamborghini. He doles out advice to amateur and pro drivers alike. “The car is really predictable and easy to drive – the Super Trofeo has the same DNA as the road car. Year by year we are more committed to the motorsports activities,” says Sanna whose daily driver is an Audi A5. “I look for comfort because I’m so stressed!”
College student Dillon Machavern, 19, won first place in the amateur division at the Canadian race. “I’m feeling pretty ecstatic! It’s only my second time in the Lamborghini series so it’s pretty awesome! I came here to win and that’s what we did,” says Machavern who is studying business management in North Carolina. His personal car is a 2014 Ford Mustang.
Racing is an expensive hobby. To participate in this series a Gallardo Super Trofeo, which costs over $300,000, is required. Plus, a $10,000 U.S. entry fee per race weekend (or $46,500 U.S. for all six races). Don’t forget to add the cost of insurance and running the car during the race. Unfortunately, there’s no purse for taking first prize, but you do get bragging rights.