TCR Talk Reviews: 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge At VIR

Continuing along with the theme of late, rained poured for most of the Michelin Pilot Challenge weekend at Virginia International Raceway, a 3.27 mile, 17 turn road course in Alton, Virginia.

Friday’s qualifying was cancelled due to said rain, so Saturday’s race was set by championship points with the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N leading the grid of 12 TCR machines to the green flag for the 2 hour event.

Another hectic wet-dry race would see the field mixed up with the #23 FastMD Racing Audi RS3 LMS of James Vance and Nick Galante take the class victory, their first of the season, after storming from 8th.  The championship leading #98 car would fall to finish 4th in class, and see their points advantage reduced to a mere five points as the sister #21 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai would come home second, the car’s third straight podium finish.  The #54 JDC-Miller Audi RS3 LMS would grab the third, their second podium finish in the last three races.

With two races remaining in the 2019 season, the championship standings are as followed:

#98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hynundai Veloster N (224)

#21 Bryan Herta Autosport Hynundai Veloster N (219)

#37 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R (215)

#61 Rowe Racing Audi RS3 LMS (207)

#84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R (200)

The Michelin Pilot Challenge series will next be in action on Saturday September 14th at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the penultimate round of the 2019 season.

(featured image courtest of IMSA / Galstad)