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Machavern Scores Super Trofeo Win

Dillon Machavern took the win Saturday in Super Trofeo competition. (IMSA photo)

Dillon Machavern took the win Saturday in Super Trofeo competition. (IMSA photo)

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Dillon Machavern earned his first win of the season in Round Seven of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America on Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Machavern became the first Amateur class driver to win overall honors this season in his No. 07 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 fielded by Mitchum Motorsports. He beat Victor Gonzalez’s No. 99 entry fielded by Change Racing and representing Lamborghini Carolinas to the by 8.860 seconds.

Rounding out the podium was Gonzalez’s Change Racing teammate, championship leader Kevin Conway, in third place in the No. 29 car also representing Lamborghini Carolinas.

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe driver Thomas Pichler was running second in the No. 1 Lamborghini Dallas entry fielded by Jota Corse when he suffered a flat left rear tire with one minute remaining, dropping him to a heartbreaking eighth place.

“It was a huge strategy race, and we knew that going in,” Machavern said. “Everything seemed to work really well, so we’re going to keep the same game plan for tomorrow and hope to be right back here.”

Round 8 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America is scheduled for 10:55 a.m. (ET) Sunday on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit. The 50-minute race will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa.

First-time Super Trofeo drivers Aaron Povoledo and Corey Lewis controlled the first part of the race from the pole until a pit stop violation at the driver’s change pushed them back, as they ended up finishing seventh in the No. 33 Musante Motorsport entry representing Lamborghini Boston.

Machavern took the lead during that ill-fated pit stop by Povoledo/Lewis, losing it only for a lap when he made his mandatory 90-second stop. He regained the lead once Gonzalez pitted and led for the final 20 minutes of the 55-minute race.

“The first stint I was just conserving tires and running a pace where the leader could see me in his mirrors but not hard enough to run the tires off,” Machavern said.

“Then after the pit stop I was given the green light to push a little bit, but I guess the leaders had a challenging pit stop, so I jumped out to a huge lead and was able to just cruise the rest of the race.”

The No. 80 Lamborghini Palm Beach Gallardo driven by Lee Carpentier and fielded by Mitchum Motorsports finished second in the Amateur class, followed by David Welch in the No. 88 car representing Lamborgini Vancouver and fielded by GMG Racing. Carpentier and and Welch finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively, as Amateur class drivers took three of the top five spots in the race.

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