BRITISH STAR MIDDLETON HEADING STATESIDE WITH LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA DEAL
Multiple Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe race winner Stuart Middleton is to head Stateside for the second half of 2020 after today, confirming an eleventh-hour deal with top team Wayne Taylor Racing to contest the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America.
Despite the huge success Northumberland’s Middleton has enjoyed since graduating to car racing in 2015, the hugely talented youngster was set for a frustrating season on the sidelines due to budget difficulties – a scenario only compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global lockdown.
With the motorsport year now finally moving into action, the Ashington-based driver has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to contest the five-round Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship which gets underway on 7th/8th August at Road America in Wisconsin. He will run in the Pro class in the No.1 Prestige Performance car with Wayne Taylor Racing.
“It was completely my mindset to have to write this year off and sit on the sidelines”, said the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star, “Then I got a call out of the blue from my manager Mick Gomme (Go Motorsport Management) saying he had secured a deal with WTR for me. Everything has happened so fast and it’s now all systems go which is fantastic, especially with such a successful team.
“I’m absolutely elated to be racing this year, it’s such an amazing opportunity. It’s strange, with coronavirus having had such a negative impact around the world, and created so many problems, it has also created some opportunities in motorsport – it’s a crazy time. I’m pretty confident going into it, and I’m doing as much as I can with my fitness and to familiarise myself with the tracks.”
Last year, of course, was Middleton’s first racing a Lamborghini Huracan EVO and he absolutely starred in his maiden season with team mate Jack Bartholomew. Ending his debut Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe campaign third in the standings, the duo achieved three race wins and a total of eight podiums. They also took a top six best in the end-of-year ‘World Final’.
For the move Stateside, Middleton will continue to drive a Lamborghini Huracan but will partner with Stevan McAleer at WTR. The squad, based in Indianapolis, is a major force in the North American series having won no fewer than seven titles.
“I can’t wait to learn the tracks and get to know everyone in the team, I’m really looking forward to working with them. It’s obviously good I’ve got a full year of experience in a Lamborghini Huracan, it’s a totally different animal to anything else I’ve raced in the past. It should be a great season.”
Middleton is now preparing to head to the USA for the opening two races of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season, which will take place at Road America, near Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin, on Friday, 7th August, and Saturday, 8th August,
2020 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Calendar
Rds1&2 – Road America, Wisconsin – 7th/8th August
Rds3&4 – Virginia International Raceway, Virginia – 22nd/23rd August
Rds5&6 – Road America, Wisconsin
Watkins Glen, New York – 5th/6th September
Rds7&8 – Laguna Seca, California – 30th October/1st November
Rds9&10 – Sebring International Raceway, Florida – 12th/13th November