Washington Ferrari wins four in a row. ALTON, VA, SEPTEMBER 1. The Girard-Perregaux-sponsored Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT won took its fourth straight GT win today in the VIR 500. The victory, by drivers Bill Auberlen and...
Washington Ferrari wins four in a row.
ALTON, VA, SEPTEMBER 1. The Girard-Perregaux-sponsored Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT won took its fourth straight GT win today in the VIR 500. The victory, by drivers Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner, set a new record for consecutive wins in the GrandAm GT class.
"We won it under circumstances I would figure we couldn't have won," explained a happy Cort Wagner after the victory. "We had our more than our share of problems, between hitting oil and going off and damaging the left side of the car, then having a fuel pickup problem, but Billy did a great job in the car, and the crew was at their best, particularly with the unplanned pit stop."
Wagner had started the car third on the GT grid after qualifying in a heavy rainstorm, but moved up to the class lead early in the 500 mile race. From that point Wagner and Auberlen were rarely out of the lead, but spun more than once on the still-damp track. With only a few laps left in the race Auberlen realized that the car was unable to pick up all the fuel in the tank, necessitating an unplanned pit stop for fuel. Even with the extra stop Auberlen was able to maintain his margin of one lap over the second and third place Porsche GT3RS's. The Ferrari finished 5th overall, beaten only by four sports-racing prototypes.
"It wasn't without nail-biting at the end," Auberlen said in Victory Lane. "Even after hitting the wall it proves how strong the Ferrari is -- we smashed the door and made it look a little ugly, but it ran exactly as fast as it did before. We had a good enough cushion to get past all the little problems."
Auberlen and Wagner lead the GT Class championship standings, and Scuderia Ferrari of Washington/Girard-Perregaux team leads the class Team Championship. This is the fourth race for their new 360 GT, and the car has won in all four starts.
The VIR 500 will be aired on SPEED Channel on Saturday, September 7th at 8 p.m. ET, and again at 1 a.m. ET.
Further information on the car and team may be found on-line at www.360GT.com.