Lamborghini has claimed its maiden IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory, following a dominant flag-to-flag run by Paul Miller Racing in Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.
Bryan Sellers took the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 across the line 1.471 seconds ahead of the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS of Lawson Aschenbach, following a late challenge by the Audi.
Sellers’ 26-second lead following an impressive opening double stint from co-driver Madison Snow was cut in half when Sellers suffered an off-course excursion, but managed to maintain the gap to Aschenbach prior to the late-race yellow.
It was Sellers’ first GTD class victory and Snow’s third in top-level IMSA competition, as well as the first for the Italian manufacturer, coming after a perfect weekend for the Paul Miller crew.
Aschenbach and co-driver Matt Bell scored their first class podium finish of the year in second, followed by the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi of Andy Lally and John Potter, who closed the GTD title fight to just eight points.
The No. 6 Stevenson Audi finished fourth in class on Sunday after serving a pit lane penalty, while the No. 23 The Heart of Racing/AJR Porsche 911 GT3 R completed the top-five after electing for a three-stop strategy.
GTD championship leaders Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan had another challenging race, finishing 8th after an off-course excursion, left-rear tire puncture and overboost penalty.
RESULTS: Michelin GT Challenge