Shell Historic Challenge VIR Saturday report

Danville, VA April 27. Former Shell Historic Champion Ed Davies took two wins in the first day's racing at the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge at Virginia International Raceway. Davies drove his Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder to first...

Danville, VA April 27. Former Shell Historic Champion Ed Davies took two wins in the first day's racing at the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge at Virginia International Raceway. Davies drove his Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder to first in class and first overall in the race for earlier drum-braked cars. Later in the afternoon Davies beat Allie Ash to win the 250 GT class in the Disc Brake group of historic Ferraris. Davies and Ash both drove Ferrari 250 SWB/Comp 61 berlinettas in the afternoon's final race.

Peter Giddings repeated his 2001 VIR prewar class win over Chuck Wegner, both driving Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Monzas. Todd Morici, another former VIR winner, took the overall win in the disc brake group. Morici, driving an ex-NART 512 BB/LM, won his class as well, ahead of Ray Hartmann and Wegner, also in 512 BB/LMs. John Giordano was another class winner, in a 1970 512 S berlinetta. Both Giddings and Morici are past Shell Historic Champions as well.

Virginia International Raceway was opened in 1957, with Carroll Shelby winning the first race in a Maserati 450S. Closed for many years, the 3.27 mile track was reopened in 1999 as a motorsports country club. The second race for both drum and disc brake groups of the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge will be held on Sunday, April 28.

-sfhc/vir-

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