Lamborghini youngster Sandy Mitchell has continued a sparkling run of form to drive into Victory Lane across the pond for the first time.
Just a week after scoring the biggest win of his career in the Spa 24 Hours at Belgium’s F1 Grand prix circuit, the Forfar 19-year-old powered to victory in both Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Championship races at Road America in Wisconsin – adding a new lap record along the way.
The teenager had flown straight to the US on a high from Silver Cup glory in the Black Bull Whisky-backed Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 at Spa, where he was the second-youngest driver among more than 200 racers in a 73-car field.
Partnered by Italian team-mate Andrea Amici at Road America, Mitchell sealed their opening weekend win in the Wayne Taylor-prepared Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán in an incident-packed 50-minute thriller.
Just 24 hours later, and starting from pole position on the legendary four-mile, 14-turn track, Mitchell stormed to an 11-second lead, twice shattering a lap record which has stood since 2016 with an average speed of more than 115mph over the twisty, undulating circuit, before handing over to Amici for a controlled victory.
“It’s always great to get a double win,” said Mitchell, part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program and a member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star scheme.
“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend. In the second race I got a great start from pole, managed to push really hard over the opening three laps and then saved the tyres a bit for Andrea’s second stint.
“Two wins, a pole position and a lap record. Not really much more I could ask from a weekend,” he said.
Mitchell’s double victory also moved the duo into second in the championship, despite not finishing the opening round when their Lamborghini caught fire.
“There’s no denying these two wins have boosted our title hopes,” the Letham racer added.
“We had a bit of bad luck in the first race at Barber, when we failed to finish. But we’re right back in the fight for the title and we head to the next double-header at the Virginia International Raceway determined to maintain this form.”