2020 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

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The 2020 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on August 22nd, 2020. This race was the fifth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the fourth round of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

Track map of VIR

The overall race was won by the #3 Corvette Racing team of Antonio García and Jordan Taylor, the duo's third and the team's fourth victories of the season. In GTD, Bill Auberlen collected his record-breaking 61st career IMSA victory, as Turner Motorsport scored their first class victory of the season.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Due to Virginia's COVID-19 gathering restrictions, fans were barred from attendance for the first time this season.[2] The previous three rounds had limited attendance, but the VIR round was the first to outright prevent any fans from entering the grounds. Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy entered the race as defending champions, although only Tandy participated in the 2020 iteration.[3]

On August 14, 2020, IMSA released the latest technical bulleting, outlining the BoP for the race.[4] In GTLM, the BMW M8 GTE received a five kilogram weight reduction, while the Corvette and Porsche received 20 kilogram weight increases. The Porsche also received a five liter fuel capacity increase. In GTD, the Audi received a 20 kilogram weight reduction, while the Lexus (which had won the previous three events) had 15 kilograms of ballast added to its total weight.

EntriesEdit

A total of 20 cars took part in the event, split across two classes. 6 were entered in GTLM, while 14 were entered in GTD. The lone change from the previous round was the return of Paul Miller Racing's Lamborghini Huracan, which had been absent since the opening race at Daytona.[5]

QualifyingEdit

Frédéric Makowiecki scored overall pole for Porsche GT Team, while Compass Racing's Corey Fergus started first in GTD.[6]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by  .

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Frédéric Makowiecki 1:40.389 _ 1 
2 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 1:40.519 +0.130 2
3 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Connor De Phillippi 1:41.095 +0.706 3
4 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 1:41.228 +0.839 4
5 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:41.662 +1.273 5
6 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL John Edwards 1:41.716 +1.327 6
7 GTD 76 Compass Racing Corey Fergus 1:45.236 +4.847 7 
8 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:45.310 +4.921 8
9 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 1:45.397 +5.008 9
10 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Matt McMurry 1:45.434 +5.045 10
11 GTD 48 Paul Miller Racing Madison Snow 1:45.453 +5.064 11
12 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 1:45.524 +5.135 12
13 GTD 63 Scuderia Corsa Cooper MacNeil 1:45.565 +5.176 13
14 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 1:45.570 +5.181 14
15 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 1:46.196 +5.807 15
16 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:46.391 +6.002 16
16 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:46.391 +6.002 16
17 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 1:46.391 +6.002 17
18 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 1:46.459 +6.070 18
19 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 1:46.726 +6.337 19
20 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 1:48.186 +7.797 20
Source:[7]

ResultsEdit

Class winners are denoted in bold and  .

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 85 2:40:40.846 
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
2 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Connor De Phillippi
  Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 85 +3.521
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
3 GTLM 911   Porsche GT Team   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR-19 85 +4.200
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
4 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 85 +1:10.860
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
5 GTD 96   Turner Motorsport   Bill Auberlen
  Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 83 +2 Laps 
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
6 GTD 86   Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian   Mario Farnbacher
  Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 83 +2 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
7 GTD 74   Riley Motorsports   Lawson Aschenbach
  Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 83 +2 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
8 GTD 14   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Jack Hawksworth
  Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 83 +2 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
9 GTD 16   Wright Motorsports   Ryan Hardwick
  Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 83 +2 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
10 GTD 57   Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian   Mikhail Goikhberg
  Álvaro Parente
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 83 +2 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
11 GTD 44   GRT Magnus Racing Team   Andy Lally
  John Potter
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 83 +2 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
12 GTD 23   Heart of Racing Team   Roman De Angelis
  Ian James
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 83 +2 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
13 GTD 12   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Townsend Bell
  Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 83 +2 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
14 GTLM 912   Porsche GT Team   Earl Bamber
  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 82 +3 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
15 GTD 22   Gradient Racing   Till Bechtolsheimer
  Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 81 +4 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
16 GTD 76   Compass Racing   Corey Fergus
  Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 74 Did Not Finish
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
17 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   John Edwards
  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 66 +19 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
18 GTD 63   Scuderia Corsa   Cooper MacNeil
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 55 Did Not Finish
Ferrari F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8
19 GTD 30   Team Hardpoint   Rob Ferriol
  Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 27 Did Not Finish
Audi 5.2L V10
20 GTD 48   Paul Miller Racing   Bryan Sellers
  Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 83 Disqualified
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
Source:[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Three for Three: No. 3 Corvette Gets Win No. 3 of 2020 in IMSA GT Challenge at VIR". autoweek.com. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Michelin GT Challenge at VIR to be held behind closed doors". motorsportweek.com. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Michelin VIR Notebook". sportscar365.com. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "TB-IWSC-20-18-VIR-BoP-Tables-08142020.pdf" (PDF). imsa.com. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "20 Entries for Michelin GT Challenge at VIR". sportscar365.com. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Frederic Makowiecki Wins Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Pole". frontstretch.com. 22 August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying.PDF" (PDF). August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "03_Results_Race_Official.PDF" (PDF). August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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