While all eyes focused on the Pro-Pro category of GT which saw head-to-head battles with some of the biggest names in GT racing including Porsche factory driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), it was the Pro-Am category that brought Porsche’s international GT3 customer car, the 911 GT3 R, its greatest success on the Alton, Virginia-area track. Amateur Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) and veteran driver Jan Heylen (Tampa, Florida) took the Race 1 victory in class, third-place overall, and a third in class on Sunday. Vanthoor and James Sofronas (Villa Park, California) combined for a third-place in class on Saturday and a second on Sunday.
The much-anticipated Pro-Pro category saw the popular driver pairing of Bergmeister and Long reunite in a car after a three-year separation. Driving the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche – sister car to the Schein/Heylen No. 16 Wright machine – the pairing raced as high as second-place on Saturday before a pit stop timing issue forced a drive through penalty relegating them back to fifth in class. On Sunday, a competitor made heavy contact with the left rear of the No. 58 under caution while Bergmeister drove the opening stint. The Wright crew endeavored to make repairs on pit lane but the damage was too extensive and the car was retired finishing 14th in class.