IMSA VIR GT results: Pfaff Motorsports outduels Corvette, closes in on championship

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IMSA results, points: Pfaff Motorsports continued its GTD Pro championship push Sunday, winning at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet.

The No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3R duo extended its lead in the standings to 265 points heading into the Petit Le Mans season finale Oct. 1. It’s the fifth GTD Pro win this season (and 11th in IMSA’s top GT division) for Pfaff and its second consecutive at VIR.

Campbell earned his first win at VIR and the 10th of his IMSA career. It also was the first VIR victory for Jaminet, who held off a charge by runner-up Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Corvette C8.R and won by 0.823 seconds. Taylor and co-driver Antonio Garcia are second in the GTD Pro standings after their second consecutive podium finish.

RESULTS: Click here for overall finishing order l Click here for the class breakdown

POINTS: Standings after VIR

The Corvette led by 11 seconds early in the two-hour and 40-minute race, but Pfaff pulled out the victory on strategy.

“It was super tight when guys went on different strategies,” Jaminet told the IMSA Wire Service. “Only taking rear tires like we did is not very common, and the car was super hard to drive. I had to push flat out, but we were pretty tight on fuel at the end, so we had some quite big saving over the last two laps. It was a good calculation from the boys. We maximized everything.

“Super happy for the team. Fifth win of the season and the championship is pretty much done. I think all the objectives are achieved, so now we go to Petit Le Mans to push hard and win one more.”

In the GTD division, the No. 57 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Winward Racing earned its second consecutive victory this season and first at VIR. Ellis took the lead from Maxime Martin (who was saving fuel) with two minutes remaining in the event.

Ellis and co-driver Russell Ward are fourth in the driver standings, 140 points behind leader Roman De Angelis. Steve McAleer is 45 points behind, followed by Ryan Hardwick and Jan Heylen in third, 57 points behind.


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NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will end its season Oct. 1 for all five classes with the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta. The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR will begin at noon ET with broadcast coverage across USA and NBC and flag to flag on Peacock.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III