8Star make it two out of two in Prototype Challenge

by Joe Hudson

Fresh from winning the first Prototype Challenge race with Sean Rayhall, 8Star Motorsport have doubled up by winning the second race with Luis Diaz at the Virginia International Raceway.

Leading every lap of the 45 minute race, the only thing that troubled Diaz was the ever changing roster of drivers queuing up to take the runners up spot. At points the head of the chasing pack included Bruno Junqueira, Renger van der Zande and Colin Braun.

However, for Junqueria his race ended early as an off saw him retire and bring out a caution that would eventually see the race finish under yellow flags.

Points wise, the two races added up became the overall points for the single round meaning that 8Star have given their championship a well earned boost going into the next round at the Circuit of the Americas.

“My plan was to stay out front,” Diaz said. “I’m not very good with math, that’s why I’m a race car driver. I knew I didn’t have as fast of a pace as the other guys, so I couldn’t make any mistakes. I had a lot of pressure on me, I was playing the game of not looking in my mirrors. I was thankful the yellow flag came out. I knew Colin was stronger than me, and we didn’t have to fight against this good driver.”

Finally finishing in second place was Colin Braun who improved five places on co-driver Jon Bennett from the first race and gave them a decent final points haul.


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