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Povoledo, Lewis Win Pole In Canada In First Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 07:00 AM
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Povoledo, Lewis Win Pole In Canada In First Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Start


First-time Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America drivers Aaron Povoledo and Corey Lewis will be on the pole for Round 7 of the series Saturday, July 12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after leading qualifying Friday, July 11 with a time of 1 minute, 21.180 seconds.

 

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"First and foremost, hats have to go off to Lamborghini for building such an amazing rocket ship of a car," Povoledo said. "This is both of our first times driving these things. They're bloody gorgeous and fast, and they challenge you as a human being to be a better person to drive the thing."

The drivers of the No. 76 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 fielded by Musante Motorsport and representing Lamborghini Boston are getting their first experience in the series at CTMP. The Musante team spent the night before qualifying making setup changes and getting the car ready to race for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America rookies.

"It's been a big learning curve for the both us from yesterday to today," Lewis said. "The team has worked really well with us and given us everything we need, and it shows with the huge time gain."

Starting behind the No. 76 Lamborghini on the grid will be the second overall and top Amateur class qualifier, Dillon Machavern, who turned a top lap of 1:21.338 in the No. 07 Gallardo fielded by Mitchum Motorsport.

"We ended up switching tires halfway through because we knew we had a good car," Machavern said. "We just wanted that edge again, so we put new tires on. The car felt really good out of the box, so I just put two fast laps down and ended up in a good position. I'm just looking forward to being able to run my pace and not be in a lot of traffic. That's key in these cars and especially at this track."

Thursday practice leader Victor Gonzalez qualified third at 1:21.398 while Change Racing teammate and championship leader Kevin Conway qualified in eighth position at 1:23.131.
Saturday's race will be the first of two 50-minute races in the incredible Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo cars, powered by a 570-horsepower V10 engine.

Race One is scheduled for 8:55 a.m. (ET) Saturday, with Race Two following at 10:55 a.m. Sunday. Both races will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa.

The two rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park continue a busy stretch of action worldwide for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship, which continues to reach new levels of success at every round in Europe, North America and Asia.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America and Europe competed during the final weekend of June at Watkins Glen International and Circuit Paul Ricard, respectively. The next round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe is July 25-26 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship resumes Aug. 30-31 at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo car is the ultimate single-make race car and the only four-wheel drive GT racer in the world. The 570-horsepower, V10 Gallardo LP 570-4 features impressive technology such as paddle shift E-gear transmission, Öhlins race shocks, Brembo brakes, a carbon fiber aerodynamic package that includes a rear wing with 10 adjustable positions, MTA data acquisition, air jacks, center wheel locks and more.

Lamborghini and Blancpain will provide world-class hospitality this weekend for clients and guests of Lamborghini dealers in Montreal and Toronto. Guests also can participate in the IMSA Hot Lap Experience, high-speed rides around the Canadian Tire Motorsport circuit in a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 will be displayed at Lamborghini Village at the circuit throughout the weekend.

PHOTO: Aaron Povoledo, Corey Lewis at speed: http://lam.bo/z4iFi

QUALIFYING RESULTS: http://lam.bo/z4j1D

RACE REPORT PDF: http://lam.bo/z4j5k

POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

AARON POVOLEDO (No. 76 Lamborghini Boston, pole): "First and foremost, hats have to go off to Lamborghini for building such an amazing rocket ship of a car. This is both of our first time driving these things. Hats off also needs to go out to the team, Musante and Courtney Racing. These guys were out here last night using the lights of a minivan to tear apart the No. 76 car. We had some issues with it, and they made a ton of improvements. Corey's (Lewis) feedback has been right on par with what I'm saying so it gave me the confidence to make suggestions on setup changes even though I think we made the smartest possible decisions as a team. Our car went from really scary in the high-speed stuff to just really exciting. There are very few car manufacturers that get you excited to say I'm going to race this this weekend, and that's just Lamborghini. It is one of the iconic supercars since the history of time. They're bloody gorgeous and fast, and they challenge you as a human being to be a better person to drive the thing. To get a lap out of one of these things is like saying you earned your keep as a man today. It's all a part of the beauty and mystique of the whole brand, and I am honored to be asked to do this and really happy to have a guy of Corey's caliber to do it with."

COREY LEWIS (No. 76 Lamborghini Boston, pole): "It's been a big learning curve for the both of us from yesterday to today, and it shows with the huge amount of time gain. The team has worked really well with us and given us everything we needed. It was a little bit of setup changes and just feeling more comfortable in the car. First time at this track and my first time ever in this car was yesterday morning."

DILLON MACHAVERN (No. 07, second overall, first Amateur): "Our strategy was just to go out and run a couple laps in the beginning to see where we were. And then we ended up switching tires halfway through because we knew we had a good car. We just wanted that edge again, so we put new tires on. The car felt really good out of the box. So I just put two fast laps down and ended up in a good position. The track is awesome. It's scary in these cars. You're going so fast through (Turns) 2 and 4; it gets a little hairy at times. I'm just looking forward to being able to run my pace and not be stuck in a lot of traffic. That's key in these cars and especially at this track."
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America - 2014 Calendar

13-14 March Sebring International Raceway
2-4 May Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
27-29 June Watkins Glen International
11-13 July Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
22-24 August Virginia International Raceway
1-3 October Road Atlanta

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22-23 November Sepang (MAL)

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