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Perfect Pairing? Antinucci, Berkeley Teaming up in Lamborghini Super Trofeo

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The perfect match? Antinucci and Berkeley team up for Lamborghini Super Trofeo

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Dream Racing Motorsport drivers share the No. 23 Huracuntil the end of the season

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Mark Robinson

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LAKE ELKHART, Wisconsin. – One of them is a two-time Lamborghini Super Trofeo champion in North America. The other is a talented 18-year-old trying to make his mark in the top class of a series of single models. This weekend at Road America, Richard Antinucci and Luke Berkley will ride in the same car for the first time.

Antinucci, the 2019 and 21 Pro champion, and Berkeley, last year’s Am class champion, teamed up for Race 23 of Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Broward, Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2 at the Road America circuit, which Berkeley drove solo through the first three doubleheaders this season. Antinucci shared a ProAm car with Justin Price for a race weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and NOLA Motorsports Park, but missed the June round at Watkins Glen International, where he helped coach Berkeley.

The plan is for the duo to finish the season together in 23rd place – the first time in Berkeley’s young career that he will have a co-driver.

“I’m definitely looking forward to riding with Richard,” Berkeley said. “This is something I have never done before and I am very excited. I think together we can achieve good results. And I have to learn the art of a navigator.”

Having won five Am races last season, Berkeley hasn’t performed as well this year in the Pro class loaded with experienced riders. His best finish was fourth in the second race of the WeatherTech Raceway. As one of the reasons, he points to some difficulties in customizing the new version of the Huracan Evo2 to his liking. The extra three seconds he has to sit in his box as a solo driver during a mandatory race pit stop compared to cars with co-drivers doesn’t help either.

“This season has definitely been a big lesson for me,” Berkley said. “Especially because in the Pro class this year the gap between all of us and me is so small that it is very difficult to get a good result because of the extra three seconds in the pit stop. … To sit there three seconds longer than the top guys, I naturally fall behind.”

According to Berkeley, Antinucci’s brute speed and tenacity behind the wheel will be a boost in addition to his knowledge of the car.

“Richard has a lot of experience with the car. It’s hard to find a good setup, so Richard is definitely someone who can help speed up the process. My goal is to move to GT3 next year, so it’s good to get used to co-driving, changing drivers and working with someone else – and maybe changing settings, which I don’t agree with 100%, but it’s faster. Doing something that takes me out of my comfort zone and I just have to adjust to it.”

37 cars entered this weekend, one more than the series-record 36 raced at Watkins Glen last June. Class leaders heading into the weekend are: Kyle Marchelli and Danny Formal (No. 1 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán) in Pro; Ashton Harrison and Tom Long (#25, Harrison under contract to Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán) in ProAm; David Staab and Nikko Reger (No. 48 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán) in Am; and Slade Stewart (No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán) in the LB Cup.

The 50-minute races start at 10:50 AM ET on Saturday and 2:55 PM on Sunday. Each is broadcast live on IMSA.com/TVLive and IMSA Radio.



Source: www.imsa.com

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