10/5/20 - Bloom/Grahovec/McAleer Comeback to Lead in Wild SRO 8-Hour Race Sunday before Retiring at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
11/1/20 - Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing Returns to Winning Ways at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Middleton, McAleer Headline Three-Car Prestige/WTR Effort
Prestige Performance Racing with Wayne Taylor Racing has confirmed its driver lineup for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship season.
The seven-time series champions will field five drivers to compete in three different classes in this weekend’s season-opener at Road America.
WTR enters its fifth season in the Super Trofeo competition. The Indianapolis-based team was crowned overall champions at the 2017 World Finals and finished the 2018 and 2019 season in the top-three in the Pro, Am and Pro-Am classes.
Coming off Lamborghini Super Trofeo European championship where he placed third overall, Stuart Middleton takes over the helm of the No. 1 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo in the Pro class alongside sports car veteran Stevan McAleer.
McAleer, the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America East Pro-Am champion and IMSA Prototype Challenge runner-up will also split his time competing in the IPC and GT4 America championships.
“I’m really thankful to the team to be given this opportunity to race the No.1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Super Trofeo in the North American Championship,” Middelton said.
“I’ve got a full year of experience in the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo in Europe and notched up eight and I can’t wait to get going on some of the fantastic circuits on the calendar. It should be a great season.”
McAleer added: “The last few years I have been working with some of the past WTR drivers at select events coaching and co-driving, but it will be a very different ball game this year as I get a crack at going after the overall championship with Stuart.”
Ashton Harrison and Andrea Amici, meanwhie, return to WTR as co-drivers in the Pro-Am class piloting the No. 25 Harrison Contracting Lamborghini.
In 2019, Harrison secured six pole positions, set two track records, ran the fastest laps at eight of 12 LB Cup races, and led the most laps of any other driver in and out of the LB Cup class.
At the Lamborghini season finale weekend in Jerez, Harrison made history by becoming the first female racer to win a World Final race.
Amici, who raced in 2019 with Sandy Mitchell in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Pro class effort, helped bring the team three wins, nine podiums and three poles while finishing second in the World Final.
Sydney McKee joins the championship winning organization for the first time and will drive the No. 87 FaDa Racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo in the LB Cup category.
McKee, 2018 GT4 Class Trophy East champion, made her professional debut earlier this year racing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in January.
Bloom/Grahovec/McAleer Comeback to Lead in Wild SRO 8-Hour Race Sunday before Retiring at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Some wild action and crazy weather conditions were part of the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team’s GT4 competition this weekend at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway with drivers Chandler Hull, Stevan McAleer, Phil Bloom and Toby Grahovec racing in the GT4 SprintX and Intercontinental GT Challenge 8-Hour races.
In the Pirelli GT America SprintX doubleheader, young Texas racer Hull teamed veteran Grahovec in the No. 26 TACenergy/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car for the two 60-minute, two-driver events on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s opening GT4 SprintX contest was a short one for the Hull/Grahovec pairing as their mount was struck by another car and forced in the retaining wall. The Fast Track Racing crew worked all night to be ready for Race 2 at 8 a.m. Friday morning.
In the Race 2 action, Hull and Grahovec fought back from 16th starting position to finish sixth at the checkered flag at the 2.439-mile, 14-turn IMS road circuit.
In Sunday’s eight-hour Intercontinental GT Challenge, rainstorms began right at the green flag in the morning at IMS and proved to create havoc throughout the first couple of hours. The trio of Bloom, McAleer and Grahovec came from three laps behind in the first hour to take the GT4 class lead by the fourth hour. The three drivers fought hard to stay in the top-three in GT4 before a broken shock ended their day in the last hour in the No. 26 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car.
“We had some tough luck in the GT4 SprintX as well as the 8-Hour races,” said Grahovec. “We fought back great from three laps down to take the lead in the GT4 class. But a shock broke late in the race.”
Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing Returns to Winning Ways at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA. (November 1, 2020) The Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing team returned to action in the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo series at the famed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. As the 2020 season draws to a close, rounds 7 and 8 of the one-make series made for some fantastic racing at the picturesque road course in northern California, which included a first race win for Sydney McKee.
Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing were off to a flying start in the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, with Stevan McAleer in a titanic battle for second place in the PRO class after qualifying 3rd earlier in the day. At the halfway point of the race, McAleer brought the car to pit lane for the lone mandatory pit stop and driver change. With Stuart Middleton in the car, the No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini looked set for a top three finish. In the closing stages of the race, the rear tires of Middleton and McAleer’s car started fading and the team had to go into preservation mode. The PRO duo ultimately settled for fourth at the line.
In the PRO|AM class, Andrea Amici and Ashton Harrison immediately showed great pace in the bright red No. 25 Harrison Contracting Lamborghini. Starting second in class, Amici held his position until the leading car received a drive-through penalty with 41 minutes remaining. From there, Amici never looked back, extending his lead to 10 seconds before pitting to make the driver change. With Ashton Harrison in the car to finish out the race, the Harrison Contracting machine looked set for victory, when disaster struck. The engine quickly started overheating, eventually ending Amici and Harrison’s race while in a commanding lead.
Sydney McKee continued her fantastic progress in the No. 87 FaDa Racing Lamborghini in the LB Cup class. Qualifying fourth in class, the talented youngster put together a faultless 50-minute race at the tricky road course, crossing the line in third, scoring yet another podium finish.
In the second race of the weekend on Sunday, the closeness of competition was on full display. Starting the race in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini, Stuart Middleton made a clean getaway from fifth on the grid in the PRO class. Middleton held the position until the pit window opened, with the team opting to keep him out for a few laps longer than his competitors. The strategy appeared to be working as Middleton grabbed the lead with 28 minutes remaining, only for a full-course yellow to be displayed shortly thereafter. This packed the field up and meant that Middleton and his co-driver Stevan McAleer would drop to the back when making their mandatory pit stop. In the car for the final stint and despite only a few laps of green flag racing, McAleer made the most of his time to secure a podium finish of third in the PRO class.
Ashton Harrison started the second race of the weekend in the No. 25 Harrison Contracting Lamborghini, rolling off fourth in the PRO|AM class and enjoyed a clean race start. Harrison held the position until the mandatory pit window opened, with Andrea Amici taking the wheel in the closing stages of the race. Despite two full-course yellow periods, Amici was able to gain a position, bringing the Harrison Contracting machine across the line third in the PRO|AM class.
Having qualified third in the LB Cup class, Sydney McKee made a clean getaway at the legendary circuit. McKee in the No. 87 FaDa Racing Lamborghini held her position until the pit window opened, when she vaulted into the lead with the top two cars pitting. Despite the full-course caution coming out with 28 minutes remaining, McKee was able to keep the lead in the LB Cup class after her mandatory pit stop, making it a thrilling battle to the end of the race. McKee would not falter under pressure, winning her very first race in the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship.
The Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing team travels to Sebring International Raceway on November 13 for the final two rounds of the 2020 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship. Race coverage will be broadcast live on IMSA.com/tvlive.
FINAL RESULTS: ROUND 7
PRO CLASS, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo
Stevan McAleer | Stuart Middleton – 4th in class
Qualification by Stevan McAleer – 3rd in class
Stevan McAleer, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO)
“Crazy race today. I only got two laps of green flag racing, but the two laps I had were a ton of fun. There was a lot of different traffic out there and I was just trying to manage the tires for the last few laps. We got lucky on some penalties on the other teams, so we ended up third in the Pro class. I’m disappointed because I thought we were going to get some wins this weekend but looking ahead to the Sebring finale where we’ll have some fun at my favorite track and see where we can finish.”
Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing Continues Winning Tradition at Sebring International Raceway
Sebring, FL. (November 13, 2020) The Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing team came to Rounds 9 & 10 of the North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo at Sebring International Raceway with a clear goal of continuing its momentum from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. With a race win and three podiums secured, the season finale for the one-make series marks another multi-race-winning season for the team.
In the first race of the weekend, the team and its drivers were off to a fast start. In the PRO class, Stevan McAleer moved up to third in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini on the opening lap, while Eric Curran, making a return to the series with William Hubbell in the No. 69 Hubbell Racing Lamborghini, grabbed second place in the PRO|AM class. After finishing on the podium, a fortnight ago at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Ashton Harrison started the race in the No. 25 Harrison Contracting in the PRO|AM class, moving up to third by the end of the first lap. In the LB Cup class, Sydney McKee would hold a strong third place in the opening stages of the race in the No. 87 FaDa Racing Lamborghini.
As the pit window opened up at the 20-minute mark, the action started heating up in the bumpy concrete jungle. In the No. 1 Prestige Performance car for the final stint, Stuart Middleton enjoyed several fantastic battles that saw a scrap for third place in the PRO class come down to the final lap. Middleton did a tremendous job to maintain position, crossing the line in third.
In PRO|AM, Andrea Amici took the wheel of the No. 25 Harrison Contracting machine from Ashton Harrison, putting on a fantastic display after a solid opening stint from Harrison. Amici showed his determination, moving his way from third and grabbing the lead with three minutes to go, never looking back to take their first win of the 2020 season for the American-Italian driver duo.
Back in the Lamborghini SuperTrofeo, William Hubbell took the wheel of the No. 69 Hubbell Racing Lamborghini for the final stint in the PRO|AM class, crossing the line fourth after a solid effort from he and co-driver Eric Curran. Syndey McKee put on a marvelous charge in the late stages of the LB Cup class, grabbing second place with 19 minutes remaining, but ultimately finishing the race in third after a thrilling battle.
In the second race of the weekend and the last race of the season, Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing were determined to put on another strong showing. Making the most of qualifying on pole position in the PRO|AM category, Andrea Amici made a lighting start in the No. 25 Harrison Contracting Lamborghini to grab commanding lead. Unfortunately for the Italian, a mistake under braking in Sebring’s treacherous Turn 17 spun the car around, dropping the race leader to fourth. As the pit window opened, Amici brought the car to the pits, handing the car to Ashton Harrison. Putting together yet another measured drive, Harrison would maintain fourth place to finish out the 2020 season for the duo.
In the PRO class, Stuart Middleton started fifth in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini, but quickly made his way to fourth, a position he would hold until the mandatory pit stop. Jumping in the car for his final stint of the 2020 season, Stevan McAleer would bring the car home in fourth. Sydney McKee had another inspired drive in the No. 87 FaDa Racing Lamborghini, starting third and finishing fourth, capping off an impressive rookie campaign in the North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Back in the series for the first time in 2020, William Hubbell and Eric Curran had a clean run in the No. 69 Hubbell Racing Lamborghini, starting fourth and finishing fifth.
Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing concludes the season second in the Dealer Championship and third in the Team Championship standings. Stevan McAleer and Stuart Middleton finished fourth in the PRO Driver Championship. Drivers of the No. 25 Harrison Contracting Lamborghini Super Trofeo car, Ashton Harrison and Andrea Amici, round out the season in third place while Sydney McKee clinched a second-place finish in the LB Cup Driver Championship.
With the 2020 North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo season now concluded, the attention now shifts to the 2021. Announcements about driver lineups for the new year will be announced in due course.
Stevan McAleer, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO)
“Really happy with that result, it’s the best the car has felt all year. The pace of the pace of the car right out of the box was great and I was really impressed. The car came alive three or four laps into the race. We had a great race car today. Stuart did a phenomenal job at the end of the race while he was racing with the No. 16 car and we finished third and we certainly had to work for it. “
“I wanted to first start off and say thank you Wayne Taylor Racing for a great season. I can put it on my resume that I drove for Wayne Taylor Racing for a full season now. It’s nice to be paired up with another Pro as Stuart did an amazing job this year. It was a really good pairing because he didn’t really know the tracks and I didn’t really know the car, so we worked well helping each other out. Last race of the year we were trying to squeeze a podium, but after that pit stop, we just didn’t have any rear tire on whatsoever. We couldn’t catch up, so fourth place today and the championship.”