No. 4 Corvette wins from pole at VIR in fierce battle with Porsche; IMSA results, points

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IMSA points, results VIR: Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner drove the No. 4 Corvette to its third consecutive victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning the Michelin GT Challenge from the pole position Saturday at Virginia International Raceway

With about 50 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race, Tandy went from third to first in a half-lap. After No. 79 Porsche driver Kevin Estre had muscled No. 3 Antonio Garcia from the lead, Tandy returned the favor for his Corvette teammate a few turns later.

“It was an awesome race,” Tandy said. “It shows a way to win a race when you don’t have the fastest car. Honestly, the Porsche should have won the race. But honestly, when you kind of lose your brain and start driving stupid, stuff happens. Luckily with our Corvettes, we kept them on the track and didn’t do too much damage to them.”

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order at VIR l Results by class

Garcia, who leads the GTLM standings with teammate Jordan Taylor, finished second, followed by Estre in third.

“I think we had more pace than them,” Estre said. “I had some banging doors with Nick at the restart, which was unnecessary because I passed him already. I could also pass the No. 3 car and then Nick went hard again on my side.

“I went back to P2 and lost some time in traffic and then I pushed too hard trying to come back. I made a mistake in Oak Tree and hit the barrier. I was able to come back but it was too late. It’s a shame.”

It’s the 121st career victory for Corvette Racing and its seventh this season. After four victories by the No. 3 C8.R, the No. 4 has won at VIR, Laguna Seca and Long Beach.

“Today is all about Nick Tandy,” Milner said. “He made it happen today for sure. Porsche definitely had pace on us for sure, but when you have got a guy like that who can race like he does, he got a little bit, but he gave it right back. What an awesome race. That was a lot of fun to watch.”

In the GTD division, points leaders Laurens Vanthoor and Zach Robichon scored their first win at VIR and the first at the road course for the No. 9 Porsche of Pfaff Racing, which has four victories this season.


POINTS

Heading into the Motul Petit Le Mans season finale at VIR, the points leaders in each division are:

DPi: Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor

LMP2: Ben Keating and Mikkel Jensen

GTLM: Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor

GTD: Zacharie Robichon and Laurens Vanthoor

Click here for the unofficial standings after VIR


STATS PACKAGE FOR THE MICHELIN GT CHALLENGE AT VIR:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Time cards

Pit stop time cards


ROUND 1Points and results from the Rolex 24 at Daytona

ROUND 2Points and results from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

ROUND 3Points and results from Mid-Ohio

ROUND 4Points and results from Detroit

ROUND 5Points and results from the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen

ROUND 6: Points and results from Watkins Glen WeatherTech 240

ROUND 7: Points and results from Lime Rock Park

ROUND 8: Points and results from IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America

ROUND 9Points and results from IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Laguna Seca

ROUND 10Points and results from IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Long Beach

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will conclude the 2021 season Saturday, Nov. 13 with the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta (10:10 a.m., TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold; noon-3 p.m. ET on NBC; 3-10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).