The Virginia International Raceway weekend couldn’t have left any improved for Change Racing and Lamborghini. Literally.
After unconditional any of a weekend’s 4 use sessions and scoring a TOTAL Pole Award, co-drivers Jeroen Mul and Corey Lewis capped off a weekend brush in character in a Michelin GT Challenge Sunday, heading all 91 laps in a No. 16 XBOX / Monster Energy / Orion Lighting Lamborghini Huracán GT3.
It was a initial career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win for Mul, Lewis and Change Racing, and a initial win of a deteriorate for Lamborghini.
VIR has been kind to Lamborghini, with a manufacturer’s initial WeatherTech Championship feat entrance during a circuit final season.
“For this weekend a stars aligned perfectly, it was a finish home run,” pronounced Mul. “The automobile was an comprehensive dream, it rubbed this march beautifully. The initial partial of a competition for me, a start was a small wily with a GTD and GTLM margin starting all together, though we managed to stay ahead, stay in a lead, and as shortly as a whole GTLM margin privileged me, we was means to get into a plain stroke and lift divided from a rest of a GTD field.”
Despite a widespread bid via a weekend, a win positively didn’t come easy with Lewis carrying to reason off a No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Jens Klingmann in a shutting laps. Klingmann got to a behind fender of Lewis on a final lap, though couldn’t make a pass, finishing second in a automobile started by Jesse Krohn, 1.035 seconds back.
“The final 20 mins was not what we was planning,” pronounced Lewis. “Getting around behind markers was a lot harder than we suspicion it would be. With a Turner guys charging as tough as they were, it took all we had only to sojourn calm. we gathering as unchanging as we presumably could. This being a initial GTD win as a group and my initial win, this is one we had to work for.”
Third place went to a No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Trent Hindman, who was stuffing in for full-time motorist Ben Keating. Keating, who had mixed businesses and his chateau in a trail of Hurricane Harvey, returned to his home in Texas Friday afternoon.
The No. 33 Riley Motorsports group entered a weekend second in GTD points, 15 points behind a No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen, who finished one mark behind in fourth. That opening has given sealed to 13 points with dual races remaining.
The GTD category earnings to movement for a America’s Tire 250 during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The penultimate competition on a array report will be televised live on FS1 Sunday, Sept. 24.