The Ultimate Track Car Challenge is a collection of some of the best track cars from around the United States, and has been going on a Virginia International Raceway for the last 8 years.  This years event event featured 43 drivers, fielding cars from some of the top racing series in the states.  With a winner putting down a time that rivaled ALMS lap times, before the repave.

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We started the morning nice and early at VIR, with a paddock stock piled with competitors for UTCC and NASA weekend going on.  After a brief Test and Tune Session for NASA weekend, that included some UTCC drivers, the practice sessions began.

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Near the midway point of the first practice session, an extended red flag came out.  This lead to about a 30 minute break in the action, where I was told a mustang clipped a tire wall and rolled several times without a cage.  Driver was reported to be ok, and planned on racing in another car that weekend.

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After an extended period of time on the grid, group B was finally released for their practice session.

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After practice session I took some time to walk around the paddock to talk with drivers and teams.  Lots of teams used the break to make adjustments in aero and tires.

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The afternoon started with the first of three sessions that would count as official times.

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Ben Keating in a Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R would turn a 1:45.394, to take the overall win and title of Ultimate Track Car Challenge Champion and Fastest Track Star.  Hitting upwards of 160 MPH through the climbing esses and 170 on the back straight monstrous numbers and times put out by this car.

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Dillon Machavern piloted a 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo to a 1:54.039 lap time to be the fastest AWD.

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One of the most noteable cars in session A had to be Donnie Isley Yas Marina Blue Metallic M4. Great to see a car on track turn a 2:09.608, that most people haven’t finished the break in period on yet.

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Group B featured some of the cars with less power, but when your running at this level of competition it is hard to call anyone slow.

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Ryan Eversley in the monsterous 2008 BMW 135, weighing on 2500 pounds with a MOTIV Motorsport 750HP Single Turbo Kit, turned an impressive 1:53.708.  This car had a monsterous power to weight ratio, and it required a great deal of concentration and skill to drive.

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Douglas Wind coming off a spun bearing at Global Time Attack, put together a 2:04.025 to score the fastest front wheel drive car of the day.

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Factory Five Racing brought out their 818, which suffered from cooling issues all day, that manged to turn a 2:04.190.

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Jon Kozlow had a rough day on some aero, loosing a splitter and having part of the rear bumper come off during one of the sessions.

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Entropy Racing/EVSR.net brought out a pair of EVs, that one driver described as not being piratically fast, but very consistent and smooth going from 30 to 130 on the back stretch.

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Overall it was a great day at VIR, seeing some of the fastest cars and drivers in the country compete.