ALTON, Virginia – Ryan Gates continued his perfect streak in GT Sports Club America competition at VIRginia International Raceway Saturday afternoon going into the record books as the first ever series winner in Round 1. Gates has led all series sessions this weekend. Jason Bell finished second, while Karl Leinsing finished third.
Pole sitter Gates, in the #311 311RS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 RS CS, brought the field to the green. Second-on-the-grid Jason Bell in the #2 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport was able to get the jump on the leader early in lap 1 and moved to head the field. Behind them Iron Class competitor Stu Frederick, in the #57 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT2 RS CS, slotted into third while Leinsing in the #54 Atech Design Porsche 911 GT2 RS CS slotted into fourth.
By lap 3, Gates regained the lead from Bell and never looked back ultimately winning the race by 30 seconds. Frederick did not finish the race after his machine contacted with the GT World Challenge America Series #31 Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by John Megrue (GT Sports Club America Series competitors and GT World Challenge America competitors are racing alongside each other this weekend at VIR).
GT Sports Club America Series drivers now get set for Round 2 at VIR set for a green flag start Sunday afternoon at 1:45 Eastern. Results are provisional until posted final. Watch the race live on youtube.com/GTWorld.
PROVISIONAL RESULTS - PDF Link