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Reliable Run Sees Michimi, Gdovic Grab VIR Race 2 Win

Michimi, Gdovic take the win on Sunday at VIR, while Eidson and Ockey score Pro-Am honors…

Photo: Jamey Price

Shinya Michimi and Brandon Gdovic claimed victory in the second Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race of the weekend at Virginia International Raceway after their rivals faltered.

The No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports duo benefited from problems for the two Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evos ahead of them to win from third on the grid.

Gdovic tailed pole-sitter Corey Lewis at the start after second-placed Sandy Mitchell slid off-track and dropped to the back of the Pro-class field.

While Mitchell fought his way back through the midpack, Lewis maintained a five-second gap to Gdovic through the opening stint until a caution period was called with half an hour of the 50-minute race to go.

This brought Gdovic onto the tail of the No. 29 Change Racing Lamborghini, with Mitchell up to third having dived underneath Pro-Am leader Jacob Eidson into the Rollercoaster.

The pit stops began shortly after the restart and Lewis came in at the first opportunity to hand over to Richard Antinucci, leaving Gdovic and Mitchell to battle at the head of the field.

Mitchell found a way past when the 19-year-old Scot replicated his Eidson move on the interim race leader, but then slid off at Oak Tree and into the tire barriers.

Gdovic swapped seats with co-driver Shinya Michimi, who came out of the pit sequence in front after Antinucci brought the No. 29 Change Racing car in for an unexpected second service.

This ultimately decided the race, with Michimi going on to take his first win of the season, in his first race of the season, and capping Gdovic’s first victory since the season-opener at Barber.

Cedric Sbirrazzuoli finished three seconds down in second place, in the race 1-winning No. 27 Dream Racing machine started by Paolo Ruberti.

Sbirrazzuoli overtook Damon Ockey with 13 minutes to go to secure the position, while Ockey went on to claim Pro-Am honors in the No. 09 US RaceTronics car he shared with Eidson.

Fourth place went to Mitchell and Andrea Amici, while Steven Aghakani took a solo Am-class victory in fifth overall.

Aghakani took the Am lead when the left-rear tire of championship leader McKay Snow’s No. 63 Change Racing car delaminated rapidly and left debris on the racing line.

LB Cup class honors went to GMG Racing’s Thomas Lovelady and Mel Johnson, who extended his points lead with his fifth win of the season.

Johnson took the lead after the restart and went on to open up a seven-second advantage over Ashton Harrison at the checkered flag.

RESULTS: Race 2

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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