Defending Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST class champions Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra finished third in class at VIR in the #23 Burton Racing 128i. They finished behind a pair of Porsche Caymans, including the winning Murillo Racing entry of Eric Foss and Jeff Mosing and the second place Autometrics car driven by Remo Ruscitti and Adam Isman. Murillo Racing had switched Foss and Mosing from BMW to Porsche beginning at the Road America race two weeks earlier.
Borcheller and LaMarra inherited the position after Bimmerworld's Tyler Cooke and Greg Liefooghe, who finished third on the track, were disqualified because a post race inspection indicated that the #81 328i had excess fuel capacity. There were two more BMWs in the top ten in ST; Hugh Plumb and Connor Bloum finished sixth in the #22 Burton 128i, and Seth Thomas and James Colborn finished seventh in BimmerWorld’s #82 328i.
The best finishing BMW in the Grand Sport class was the sixth place Turner Motorsport M3 driven by Michael Marsal and Tom Kimber-Smith. Fall-Line’s #46 M3 driven by Trent Hindman and John Edwards finished twelfth because of alternator and battery issues. They finished just ahead of the #48 Fall-Line M3 driven by Ashley Freiberg and Andrew Longe. The overall and Grand Sport wins went to Kris Wilson and Max Riddle in the #07 TRG Aston Martin. Wilson edged out Robin Liddell in the #6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro by just .317 seconds. Unofficially, the second place finish moves Liddell and his co-driver Andrew Davis into the GS drivers’ points lead just ahead of Trent Hindman.
Two races remain in the CTSCC season, including the September 19 round at Circuit of the Americas and the season finale at Road Atlanta on the weekend of October 2-3.—Brian S. Morgan