On-track action begins early Friday as VIRginia International Raceway at Alton hosts the Michelin GT Challenge IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event.
The all-GT event, annually one of the top sports events in Halifax County, will be held this weekend without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Activity on Friday features practice sessions for all of the participating series that include the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the IMSA Prototype Challenge series and qualifying for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors.
The Michelin GT Challenge for the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes, will get the green flag at 2 p.m., Saturday with the two hour and 40 minute race concluding at 4:40 p.m.
Sunday’s action will feature the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series competitors. That race will get the green flag at 2:55 p.m. Sunday and will go for two hours, ending at 4:55 p.m. Sunday.
The weekend will also include a pair of races for each of the three other series, one each day Saturday and Sunday.
Porsche teammates Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, co-driving the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR won last year’s Michelin GT Challenge, edging Porsche teammates Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.
The two Porsche entries will be attempting to repeat their success of last year at VIR but will have a tough battle on their hands from a pair of Corvette Racing teams. Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia, who co-drive the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, hold a 10-point lead over the Porsche tandem of Bamber and Vanthoor heading into this weekend’s race. The No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R entry co-driven by Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner sit in third place in the series standings three points out of second place.
Corvette Racing has scored wins at Daytona and Sebring and recorded a sweep of the top two spots at Road America.
There are six teams entered in the GT Le Mans division and there are 14 entries in the GT Daytona field. The 14-car GTD field is the largest field in the division since IMSA returned to action last month.
Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating won in GTD at VIR last season for the No. 33 Wynns Riley Motorsports AMG-Mercedes GT3.
This season it has been al all Lexus show in GTD.AIM Vasser Sullivan and the two-car Lexus RC F GT3 team is a perfect three-for-three this season. The No. 14 Lexus of Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz and their teammates, Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell, have been the dominant force in GTD this season.
A total of 34 cars are entered in Sunday’s Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series competitors. Sunday’s race features the cars of the Grand Sport (GS) and Touring Car (TCR) classes.