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Sandy scores double podium at Laguna Seca with Black bull Whisky and Lamborghini

September 17, 2019


Scots endurance racer Sandy Mitchell bagged two impressive podium finishes in the latest double-header of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Championship at Laguna Seca. Racing on the iconic, undulating 2.23-mile circuit in California, Mitchell, partnered by Italian team-mate Andrea Amici in their No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán, prepared by Wayne Taylor Racing, finished third in the opening race before storming to second place in the weekend’s final 50-minute race.




“I’ve got to be delighted with the results over the weekend,” the 19-year-old from Forfar, personally backed by Huntly-based Black Bull Whisky, stated. “This was my first time racing at Laguna Seca, and overall I know I performed well.”

 

Mitchell, part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program and a member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star scheme, qualified second for the opening race, posting the second-fastest time overall. Forced to run wide on the dusty circuit at the tight, opening left-hander to avoid contact with another competitor, the Scot dropped to sixth before battling back to close-in on the leading trio.

 

“I managed to work my way up and closed in on the three leaders, so we all came into the pits nose-to-tail. We then also came out of the pits nose-to-tail. It was really close. Unfortunately, we came out still fourth, but closer to the cars than before. Andrea then did a really good job to get passed the No27 car and into P3, which was where we finished.”




In the weekend’s second race, Amici started from fourth on the grid, and at the pitstop handed the Lamborghini to Mitchell with the pair still holding that position. Determined to haul himself back on to the podium, the Scot quickly overtook the third-placed car, before moving ahead of another after it served a drive-through penalty. Mitchell then delivered a series of sparkling laps to close the six-second gap to the leader, eventually taking the chequered flag second, just 0.258secs behind the winner.

 

“It was an exciting Race 2, and fantastic to come second. After moving into second place there was quite a big gap to the leader, but our No1 Prestige Performance car was really quick and I was able to hunt him down. I was right on his tail for the last few laps and made him defend, but I just couldn’t quite find the opportunity to pass him. It’s exceedingly tough to pass at Laguna Seca, but the second position was crucial in maintaining our fight for the championship.”

 

Sandy now heads to the final two races, at Jerez in Spain next month, just 12 points off the championship lead. “We’re still in the mix for the championship,” he said, “and we’re determined to throw everything we can at the final two races to ensure we put as much pressure as possible on those ahead of us. I can’t wait for Spain.”


(Photos: ©Jamey Price for Lamborghini)

 
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