Teenage endurance racer Sandy Mitchell has embarked on testing for the Spa 24 Hours buoyed by season best back-to-back podium finishes Stateside.
The Forfar 19-year-old partnered Italian teammate Andrea Amici to second and third-place finishes in the weekend’s two 50-minute Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Championship races at Watkins Glen International, New York.
Mitchell, who posted the second-fastest lap in the second race behind the wheel of his No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán prepared by Wayne Taylor Racing, said: “Again we’ve shown we have the pace to mix it at the front of the field.”
He secured second spot in the opening race with a last lap overtake and declared himself happy with his performance in both stints at the legendary track, the 1973 setting for Scots three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart’s final race in his illustrious career.
“To leave the iconic American circuit with two podiums, on the first time I’ve raced there, is a real boost and sets us up strongly for the rest of the season,” said Mitchell.
“Hopefully in the next race we can finally get the win I believe we and the team deserve.”
The Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program driver Mitchell, a member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star scheme is contesting a two-series 2019 programme in Europe and America.
The next round of the US campaign takes place at Road America in Wisconsin in August.]
Ahead of that the Black Bull Whisky-backed youngster will turn his attention to the Blancpain Endurance Series blue-riband event, the gruelling Total 24 Hours of Spa at the Belgian F1 track.
The Barwell Motorsport-prepared Lamborghini Huracan Evo he shares with teammates Jordan Witt and James Pull will be part of a record-breaking 72-car entry for the famous GT3 event from July 25-28.
Mitchell, who is challenging for Silver Cup honours in the Blancpain series, experienced a nailbiter of a finish in the 2018 event when the Black Bull car was pipped by just two seconds in the race for victory after 24 gruelling hours of racing.