#911 Porsche, Scuderia Corsa Win at VIR

by Jake Kilshaw

The Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway was won by Porsche North America, as #911 drivers Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet continued their dominating run of form at the championship’s sole GT-only event.

Meanwhile, GT Daytona honours were taken by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, the Scuderia Corsa drivers having battled Paul Miller Racing for a large portion of the race.

Nick Tandy led the race from the line, and his team never dropped a position in the entire duration of the race. At the finish line, the #911 came home 27 seconds ahead of Earl Bamber, who, along with Jorg Bergmeister, provided Porsche with a flawless 1-2 finish.

Third place went to Risi Competizione drivers Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella. Kaffer desperately tried to pass the second-placed Porsche on the final lap, but was unable to, requiring a few more corners if he were to make the move.

Meanwhile, GT Daytona polesitters Paul Miller Racing failed to provide the result they had hoped for, having led the first part of the race, until Dion von Moltke was passed by Bill Sweedler at the half-hour mark.

The Ferrari temporarily lost the lead at the first round of pitstops but Townsend Bell regained it following a driver change. 50 minutes later, at the next pitstop window, a similar situation happened, but Bell made his way back up to the class lead, which he would hold on to until the chequered flag.

Behind the #63 car was TRG-AMR, with drivers Christina Nielsen and Kuno Wittmer bouncing back from a crash in qualifying. They were joined on the podium by Alex Job Racing‘s #23 entry.

Read The Checkered Flag’s detailed GTLM report here, and GTD here.

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