Sunday 13th May seen all teams and privateers take to the track at Road Atlanta for the season finale of the 2018 TORA American Sports Car Championship. VPR T1 headed up by JamJar Hastings secured a lobby two race start position by setting a qualifying time of 1:20.828 in the first of the Pirtek Porsche 911 RSR GT3’s. Jam’s T1 team mates both qualified for lobby three positions with VPR Jayc placing himself on grid with a qualifying time of 1:23.829 whilst VPR G man set a qualifying time of 1:25.938.
VPR T2 headed up by Ryanvxracing also qualified for lobby three race start positions. Ryanvxracing set a qualifying lap time of 1:22.993 whilst T2 team mate and team principal VPR AnonCaliga set a qualifying time of 1:23.672 and VPR Brock put in his time of 1:27.190.
The 90-minute end of season championship race went quite well for most of the team with no major issues. Road Atlanta, being somewhat of a narrow track in most of its full circuit layout caused some pre-race concern from many teams and GT drivers that there could well be many incidents throughout the race with the faster TORA Prototype cars, that share the series with the ASCC GT’s, but mostly all proto drivers were indeed careful and held back on overzealous overtaking manoeuvres until the track opened up to allow for safe and quick over taking of the GT cars. Everyone was weary of the downhill final turn leading back onto the start/finish straight because had there been an incident ahead at that position on track then many drivers coming down the hill onto the final turn wouldn’t have adequate time to avoid any potential incidents or stationary cars at that point which would to further contact and race ruining damage, thankfully however this was not to be the case and although there were a few minor final turn incidents none caused any kind of pile up for approaching cars.
Immediately after race end the teams held their breaths awaiting TORA’s updated confirmation of end of season points and standings. Finally, the points tally had been completed and confirmation came in of all teams and privateers final end of season standings. Virtual Pirtek Racing celebrated when they realised they had done enough to better their 2017 ASCC end of season team championship standing in which they took 4th in GT class, but for 2018 VPR congratulated each other as T1 took an impressive 2nd place in the GT class but adding to that, T2 secured 4th in GT class giving Virtual Pirtek Racing two teams in the top ten end of season championship positions.
Team Principal AnonCaliga said afterwards, “Yet again the guys have gone above my expectations and really impressed, I’m super proud of my team and it’s great to see how each of them really band together to get a job done when it really matters. We’ve not only got a great close knit team here which we’ve taken deliberately slow and steady time to build to ensure only the most suited drivers enter our team but we’ve also got an online family within CTech Motorsport / Virtual Pirtek Racing in which I am proud of each day. Great job team, great job once again and thanks to each of you.”
The final GT class team standings for TORA ASCC 2018 can be seen below along with some in race team images taken from the season finale round at Road Atlanta last week.