Sofronas Edges Conway In Electrifying Opening Race at Calabogie
James Sofronas of Lamborghini Beverly Hills and GMG Racing won a pulsating Round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series ahead of Kevin Conway. The two fastest qualifiers of the weekend went toe-to-toe from lap 1, as Conway representing Lamborghini Carolinas and Change Racing, took the lead from second position, going into turn one. In his distinctive black and orange #29 car, Conway held onto the lead until lap 9, where Sofronas ducked inside on turn 8, retaking first place. Sofronas’ lead was short lived as Conway regained top spot as the two came close to contact exiting the pit-lane, following the mandatory 45- second stop. There was to be a final twist as Sofronas took advantage of Conway’s apparent lack of grip, and powered home to take the checkered flag.
Sofronas said, “I had great battle with Kevin from the drop of the green flag which continued throughout the race. Hats off to the GMG crew, as they prepped the car fantastically and I was able to take advantage of better traction. I’d like to dedicate the win to Tom O’Gara and Parris Mullins from Lamborghini Beverly Hills and Jeff Kreitzman at Forgiato Wheel for giving me the opportunity to race.”
Kevin Conway added, “It was an amazing fight with James from the start. It was great to be dicing with a driver of his quality. We probably went too hard too early and lost a bit of grip towards the end but the entire Change Racing Team did a great job as usual and we’ve got some insight on how we can improve tomorrow. We’re pleased to get the points in the bag and extend our Championship lead and I’m looking forward to getting back out on this great Calabogie circuit.”
There were other notable performers with series new comers Anthony Mantella and JF Dumoulin representing Lamborghini Toronto and SpeedMerchants taking third on home soil. Parris Mullins of Lamborghini Beverly Hills and GMG Racing continued to impress as he took the winning Amateur spot ahead of team mate Tom O’Gara.
The action continues on Sunday amidst the stunning Ontario surroundings of Calabogie Motorsports Park, for Race 6 of the inaugural North American Lamborghinin Blancpain Super Trofeo Series. And the race promises to enthrall, with teams and drivers eager to improve their series standings on a circuit that is as demanding as it is exciting.