Tyler Anastasi and I ventured to Virginia Internatioanal Raceway for 3 days of the TUDOR USCC, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and the only North American stop of the Maserati Trofeo series. A lot of focus was placed on the fact that VIR, did not get the Prototypes class.  This left the GT Daytona and GT Le Mans classes to fight for the overall win.

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I ended up showing up early Friday morning, to get a chance to take in more of the race weekend without the thousands of fans and media.  This gave me a great chance to get a close up of the Maserati MC12 GT1 as well as a couple Huracans and the newly released  Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo.  We also ran into Leh Keen as his Porsche GT3 RS decided to set off a Panamera car alarm in the Porsche Corral.

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The weekend started with a lot of excitement, when one of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo cars slid off course and into the wet grass heading right for us in turn 3.  Driver was able to save it and returned to the track, but it was a wake up for anyone left asleep. Both of the races where won by Corey Lewis/Aaron Povoledo with lots of excitement, of the 17 to 18 car fields, only around 10 cars finished either of the races.  

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The Maserati Trofeo series made it’s only north american stop, as Maserati celebrated 100 years.  The series setups for 3 races for the weekend, and the Maserati hospitality tent and grid was located in turn 4, just before the main paddock.

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Contiental Tire SportsCar Challenge was a 2 hour and 30 minute race on Saturday.  This ended up being a dog fight of a race, as 48 car field stayed closer together and tires seemed to wear out near the end of the race.  Kris Wilson and Max Riddle piloted the 07 Aston Martin Vantage for the win by just .242 seconds.

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Cooper Tire Prototype Lites had 2 races one on Saturday and one on Sunday.  With Mikhail Goikhberg picking up the win in both rounds.

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The main race was a 2 hour and 45 minute affair between the GTLM and GTD classes.  Fisichella/Kaffer took the pole for GTLM in the 62 Ferrari F458 Italia with Carter/J.Davison taking the pole for GTD in the 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage.  

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Early in the race Fisichella/Kaffer number 62 Ferrari ended up in a minor altercation in turn 4, dropping them to the back of the field.  They where able to battle back on the last lap, passing the Falken Liveried 911 of Henzler/Sellers to take the win.  Cameron/Palttala ended up winning the GTD class, only 16 seconds back from the leaders in GTLM.

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Of course everyone’s favorite part of the weekend the media/fan walk.

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