Change Racing wins the 2014 Blancpain Super Trofeo Pro-Am World Championship
After claiming their second consecutive North American Championship in the 2014 season, Change Racing headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to race at the famed Sepang F1 Circuit for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Finals against the best teams in Europe and Asia. With 45 cars on the grid, it was the one of the strongest and most competitive fields in GT racing around the world.
In qualifying, the duo of Kevin Conway and Lawson Aschenbach put their Lamborghini Carolinas, Change Cola Gallardo LP 570-4 in the third position as the initially wet qualifying session began to dry out in the closing minutes. At the drop of the green flag for the first of two 50-minute sprint races to determine the World Championship, Kevin Conway immediately made it four-wide heading into turn one to take over the lead on the opening circuit. On lap five, disaster struck as the behind Conway car had a mechanical failure heading into the braking zone of turn nine slamming into the left rear corner heavily damaging the 29 Change Racing entry. With no full-course yellow and Conway limping his machine back to the pit lane with a flat left rear, the team fell two laps down to the leaders. Once on pit lane, the team worked feverishly to make repairs while Lawson Aschenbach jumped into the driver’s seat during the mandatory driver change. After getting back on track for a few laps, the damage proved too severe to continue and with no spots to be gained, the Change Racing entry had it’s first DNF of the 2014 season.
With a three-hour break in between race one and race two, the Change Racing team worked relentlessly to repair the left rear damage having to improvise and replace parts, fabricate pieces and re-align the entire car. The team completed repairs as Conway was strapping into the machine for race two. After the unfortunate turn of events in race one, the Change Racing team had to start the race from the 28th grid position, making a podium finish a daunting task in a the short 50 minute sprint race. Once again, as the green flag few Conway began moving through the field passing 10 cars in the first nine laps before the mandatory pit stop and driver change, handing the 29 machine off to the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Champion, Lawson Aschenbach. Lawson continued the charge to the front gaining another 10 positions over the second half of the race and into the lead of the Pro-Am class. After a tumultuous race two, Change Racing found themselves on the top step of the podium winning race two after starting very deep in the field and having an impressive drive to the front. The win set-up a tie for the World Championship points standings with the tie-breaker ultimately going to Change Racing and the Conway/Aschenbach duo.
Kevin Conway – “To win the World Championship after the incident in race one is truly unbelievable, it’s is a total testament to our team, Robby Benton called a perfect race, Nico, Kyle and Mitch worked incredibly hard to make repairs and Lawson had an amazing drive to the front. Just very thankful for this team and the opportunity that Eddie Littlefield, Lamborghini Carolinas, Change Cola, olloclip, Automobilli Lamborghini America, Blancpain and all of our partners have given me. What a year it has been, to win the biggest races of the year, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Sepang, the North American Championship and now the World Championship. It is quite surreal.”
Lawson Aschenbach – “I cannot thank Change Racing and Eddie Littlefield enough for this opportunity. To race at a F1 circuit like Sepang and win and to win the World Championship in a Lamborghini is a dream come true for me. It has been quite the year for me as well winning the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship for the second straight year, the Blancpain Super Trofeo World Championship, it is certainly a dream season for me.”
Robby Benton – “It has been a great year for Change Racing. We set high goals for this team and the 29 program had a great year winning the North American Championship for the second consecutive season and the World Championship while the 99 program had a solid year as well running part-time winning at Mosport and having multiple podiums. Kevin, Lawson and every person that is a part of this team has done a great job this year. I am very happy to have been able to be a part of winning the Championships we have for Eddie Littlefield, everyone at Lamborghini Carolinas and all of our marketing partners.”
Eddie Littlefield – “I could not be happier. To represent the U.S.A. and win the World Championship is a great feeling. We have built a great organization, and to think that our team has only been around since April of 2013 and we have won races across the globe and have won or been on the podium at every major circuit in North America, won the North American Championship in 2013 and 2014 and now the 2014 World Championship, it is incredible. Robby, Kevin and everyone that makes up Change Racing has done the impossible and I am very proud of our team.”