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Grand Rapids World Challenge GT Race report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 29) - Peter Kitchak, of Excelsior, Minn., came back from a spin to win his third Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship race of the season. Reese Cox, of Marietta, Ga. and John Heinricy, of Holly, Mich.,...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 29) - Peter Kitchak, of Excelsior, Minn., came back from a spin to win his third Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship race of the season. Reese Cox, of Marietta, Ga. and John Heinricy, of Holly, Mich., completed the top-three. The race start saw Kitchak in the No. 3 Keeywadin/Toad Hall Racing Porsche 911 RSR, and Bobby Archer, of Ft. Worth, Texas, driving the No. 32 Viper Speed Dodge Viper, pull out an extensive lead on the rest of the field. Kitchak held off numerous attacks from Archer until Kitchak spun on lap 21. Undamaged Kitchak continued in second and proceeded to catch Archer at a rate of 1-second a lap. Lap 25 saw Archer pull into the pits with a flat left front tire. Kitchack took a lead he would never relinquished to a 6.004-second victory. "I thought that Archer would pull me on the straights, and he did," said Kitchak. "Then I spun in turn six. I wasn't concentrating enough. It was a real stupid mistake. I got the bit between my teeth after that, I knew that I could catch him, but I don't know if I could have gotten past." Cox, driving the No. 98 MTI Motorsports Corvette C5, started from fifth on the grid and moved his way into third by midway through the race. The last half of the race saw Cox battle Heinricy and for second position. Lap 24 saw Cox take the place and take his first ever podium finish. "This is my first podium finish ever as a pro," said Cox. "I had a great battle with John. I really enjoyed that. For John to be involved in my first podium is really special." The start of the race saw Heinricy, driving the No. 39 Rowley's Penzoil D.J. Race Entreprises Corvette C5, move into fifth place where he was under constant pressure from Cox. He eventual succomed to the pressure but posted his first podium finish of the year. "This is the first race for these new cars," said Heinricy. "I was nose to tail with Cox for many laps. That was fun. He was my crew chief years ago when I won a National Club Racing championship at Road Atlanta, and I'm happy for him." Completing the top five were George Biskup, of Naperville, Ill. and Randy Roatch, Of Wichita, Kan.

Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing

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Series PWC
Drivers Bobby Archer , Peter Kitchak , George Biskup