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CTSC Race Red-Flagged Due to Torrential Rain

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race stopped due to rain…

Photo: Action Sports Photography

Photo: Action Sports Photography

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Oak Tree Grand Prix has been red-flagged after 30 minutes of running due to torrential rain, thunder and lightning at Virginia International Raceway.

Rain descended upon the 3.27-mile circuit just past the 15-minute mark, prior to the race going under full-course caution roughly five minutes later.

The surprise conditions, which were not initially forecast, sent teams scrambling for wet weather tires, with IMSA red-flagging the race due to track flooding with 1 hour and 58 minutes remaining.

The No. 76 C360R Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Paul Holton currently leads the race, with Jason Rabe out front in ST in the No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman.

A number of cars had spun while under yellow, even on wet-weather tires, prior to the red. Per IMSA, the safety car was instructed to drive at 15 mph, due to the conditions.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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