Francis Jr doubles up in VIR Race 2
Trans Am Collection offered by Pirelli wrapped up the Heacock Traditional Gold Cup on Sunday with the ultimate race of its doubleheader with all 5 courses taking the inexperienced in a single race at Virginia Worldwide Raceway. The 41-car area generated motion from the drop of the flag all the way in which to the checkered flag, with three security automotive durations organising dramatic restarts.
It was a case of the extra, the merrier for Ernie Francis Jr., who held off Chris Dyson on a late restart and scored his forty sixth profession Trans Am Collection offered by Pirelli victory by a scant 0.911-seconds.
The 22-year-old six-time Trans Am champion is credited with main all the way in which within the No. 98 One South Wealth Advisors Ford Mustang. But it surely wasn’t as simple at that appears as Dyson made quite a few makes an attempt to nostril forward within the No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang. The win marked a record-breaking second for Francis Jr. as he handed Scott Pruett for fourth on the all-time record along with his twenty third general TA victory.
“I can’t say sufficient about my staff,” stated Francis “We have been apprehensive a few doubleheader weekend and the way that may have an effect on the automotive. All the things went easy they usually have been on high of it. The automotive was on rails your complete weekend. It’s nice to have the ability to maximize on factors this weekend with two wins. We bought good momentum going in the direction of the remainder of the season so we will take residence the championship. I can’t wait to get to the subsequent one!”
Street America winner Dyson was upset after coming so near the victory.
Francis Jr. holds off Dyson.
“It by no means feels good to come back in second,” Dyson stated. “We’re right here to win, however we had an amazing battle your complete means with Ernie . VIR is a tricky place to go, however that’s how it’s. We bought held up a bit and I had extra work to do than I believed. We had sufficient to rein Ernie in, however not sufficient to get by.”
Amy Ruman accomplished the rostrum, putting third within the No. 23 McNichols Firm Corvette. Operating a robust third within the early laps, she had memorable battles alongside the way in which with Tomy Drissi within the No. 8 and late substitute Paul Menard, who drove the No. 2 Weaver Racing Dodge Problem that had been taken to second by Boris Mentioned on Saturday.
“It feels nice to get that final step of the rostrum particularly after a tough-fought race,” Ruman stated. “Towards the top, our rear tires have been giving out and I didn’t have sufficient to maintain tempo. We lucked into third on the finish, however that’s simply how racing goes. I had an amazing begin and hoped to maintain that place however after I slid again a bit I continued to combat. We had an excellent third place automotive and I’m proud of a podium.”
Drissi spun within the ultimate flip with a minimize tire on the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro shortly earlier than the ultimate warning, and misplaced a lap within the pits. He completed sixth within the class, one place forward of Menard, who dropped out with 4 laps remaining.
In search of his seventh consecutive crown, Francis Jr. now unofficially leads Drissi by 37 factors, with Dyson one other 11 factors in arrears.
Skeen surprises Kicera, goes final to first in TA2
TA2 Powered by AEM level chief Mike Skeen got here from final to first to win his fourth race of the season. Parking his No. 77 Liqui Moly Camaro after struggling to sixth on Saturday, Skeen borrowed Bob Lima’s No. 63 Camaro for the race.
Saturday winner Tyler Kicera pulled away initially, dominating the race within the No. 4 Carbotech Brakes Ford Mustang, whereas Skeen battled into podium rivalry. Lined up third on a restart with 4 laps remaining, Skeen shortly handed Cameron Lawrence within the No. 8 3-Dimensional Companies Mustang after which Kicera.
Skeen leads Kicera.
Skeen took the checkered flag by 0.248s forward of Kicera, with Lawrence a detailed third. Keith Prociuk ran a really aggressive race within the No. 9 HP Tuners/Mike Cope Mustang, whereas Doug Peterson completed fifth within the No. 87 3-Dimensional Companies Group Mustang.
“It simply comes all the way down to the Stevens-Miller Racing guys giving me an superior automotive and a giant shout-out to Bob Lima for letting us use his automotive,” Skeen stated. “I’ve by no means pushed this explicit automotive earlier than however they set it up nice. Tyler was checked out and there was no means we’d have been capable of catch him had it not been for that final yellow. On the restart, we got here down with the accordion impact with the pack. All of it fell into place. Very joyful to have taken over the lead and really joyful to know he didn’t know I used to be within the lead as a result of he definitely had the tempo to get by us. It has been a pleasure to race right here at residence and in entrance of family and friends.”
The last-to-first cost earned Skeen the Cool Shirts Cool Transfer of the Race Award, whereas he elevated his result in 42 factors over Merrill for the season championship.
Kicera admitted that Skeen’s change of automobiles took him without warning following the late restart.
“I believed I had an excellent restart — I went on the inexperienced and went to the surface of some GT automobiles,” Kicera stated. “To be sincere, his quantity threw me off so I didn’t understand it was Mike getting previous me. I wasn’t pushing that arduous as a result of I noticed Cameron behind me so I simply stored sustaining. My dad came to visit the radio on the final lap saying, ‘Go get ’em’ and I didn’t know what he meant. I noticed what was happening so I began pushing on the final lap. Possibly yet one more lap and I might have been capable of catch him. It’s disappointing given how dominant we have been all weekend.”
Joiner, Wlostowski, Davison flip the tables
After developing brief on Saturday, Erich Joiner ran a dominant race to take his third XGT victory within the No. 10 Championship Coffees and Software Porsche 911 GT3 R. Level chief Ken Thwaits took second within the No. 5 Franklin Street Attire Audi R8 LMS Extremely, and unofficially leads by 41 factors.
Joiner was as much as the problem of a “loopy” XGT race.
“At this time’s race was loopy,” Joiner stated. “The combo of all of the automobiles made for some attention-grabbing and enjoyable racing. A giant thanks to my crew for placing my automotive again collectively. They did an exceptional job. It was the primary time I’ve raced with TA2 and there was a ton of rubbing wheel to wheel, which put me in an uncomfortable place. My quickest lap time was sooner than the TA2 pole time however they have been in a distinct race, so I knew I needed to give attention to retaining my automotive clear to make it to the top.”
After ending second thrice, Adrian Wlostowski scored his first profession SGT triumph within the No. 96 F.A.S.T. Auto Ford Mustang. He led a lot of the race, though he needed to repass Lou Gigliotti halfway by way of the occasion to take care of his benefit.
“I wish to thank everybody on my staff,” stated the New York Metropolis driver. “They put in all of the onerous work to assist me get to the highest step of the rostrum right this moment. We had a loopy race — we didn’t hand over an inch. I knew our automotive struggled at sure sections of the monitor so I stayed aggressive the place I knew the place the automotive was good. It’s a blessing to get my first Trans Am win and I’m excited to get to COTA.”
Mark Brummond positioned second within the No. 24 Storage Door Physician BMW E92 M3, though he was handed by Francis shortly earlier than the ultimate warning to place a lap behind Wlostowski.
Gigliotti was operating third within the No. 28 G2 Efficiency Corvette with eight laps remaining when he spun in Flip 1, additionally eliminating Saturday winner Lee Saunders, who was making a bid for a podium place within the No. 84 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper. Saunders noticed his level benefit trimmed to 26 factors over Wlostowski.
In GT, Steven Davison scored his second victory of the season within the No. 22 Davinci Plastic Surgical procedure Aston Martin Vantage, beating Saturday winner Billy Griffin within the No. 14 Griffin Auto Care Mustang. Level chief and two-time winner Tim Horrell packed up the No. 45 Breathless Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport after retiring with mechanical points within the Saturday occasion. Horrell now leads Davison by 34 factors.
The race had three full-course cautions. The primary waved on lap 2 to retrieve the stopped No. 7 Silver Hare Racing Camaro of Rafa Matos, who stopped in Flip 5. On lap 17, Aaron Pierce spun in Flip 5 and was collected by one other automotive that was capable of proceed. The ultimate warning, on lap 22, was for the Gigliotti-Saunders incident.
With the cancellation of the Lime Rock Park occasion scheduled for Oct. 16-17, the subsequent motion for the Trans Am Collection offered by Pirelli shall be at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas on Nov. 7-8.