Brandon Gdovic is a Yorktown resident, and the first road course he ever raced on in his career was at VIRginia International Raceway, so when Gdovic crossed the start/finish line in first place on Sunday in the second race of the weekend in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro Class, the win meant a little more than usual.
“Definitely happy to come home with a win at a home track,” Gdovic said. “Growing up in Virginia and this was the first road course I was ever on and what got me interested in the road-course side of racing. I love coming to this place and love winning here even more.”
Gdovic, diving the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO, avoided an early race incident where the polesitter Jacob Eidson and Leo Lamela got tangled up and sent both drivers off course and Lamela ended up out of the race due to the damage suffered in the incident.
Sergio Jimenez benefitted from the incident, moving from sixth to first during the chaos and stayed in the lead until Madison Snow got into the back of him and sent him spinning into the grass. Snow was assessed a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility, and Jimenez was never able to recover. Snow was able to fight back after the penalty for a third place finish. Stuart Middleton, who was in third place at the time of the incident between Snow and Jimenez, was able to finish in second place.
Gdovic was driving solo, which meant that his pit stop had to be three seconds longer than tandem drivers make, and he was assessed a 0.912 second penalty during his pit stop for being short on the minimum time. That meant that Gdovic needed to win the race by at least one second to be named the winner. That was not an issue as he pulled away over the last half of the race to cross the finish line 12.238 seconds ahead of the second place finishers.
“Especially driving solo, it’s kind of hard to get a win with that three-second longer pit stop,” Gdovic said. “The car was super fast today. It was a shame we fell back there (at the start), but the car was so good I was able to work my way up. We had a really good pit stop strategy, which helped me jump the (No.) 1 car. That was probably the race-winning strategy there.”
Gdovic won four races last season and was two points back of winning the driving championship. Sunday’s win was the first in 2020 for Gdovic.
In the ProAm class, McKay Snow and Corey Lewis, driving the No. 63 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte Huracan, led every lap of the race to get their third win of the season. Lewis and McKay now lead the ProAm standings by 12 points.
“The beginning of the race was quite wild, the caution at the beginning,” Lewis said. “Fortunately, it kind of helped us in terms of track position. McKay did an awesome job on the first stint getting the car exactly where we needed it to be. Toward the end, it was just kind of managing the gap, leading our class and bringing it home. It’s big for the championship and that’s our main focus right now,” he added.
Matt Dicken won his first race in 2020 in the LB Cup. Dicken’s teammate Randy Sellari finished second after having to take a drive through penalty for being too fast on pit road.
Sellari leads Dicken by 11 points in the LB Cup standings.
“It feels great,” Dicken said. “Change Racing gave us a great car. It’s great to finally stand there on the top step. It’s something we’ve all been working really hard for, for a long time. I’m feeling more and more comfortable. Hopefully success breeds success and we can continue this through the year,” he added.
Next up for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Schedule is Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Sept. 4-6.