#60 Mike Canney, Hugh Plumb, Mike Plumb in turn 2 at VIR KONI Challenge sponsored by Bosch
Photos by Jeff Kluss/SIT
Danville, Va. (October 5, 2008 ) – The second-closest finish in Grand-Am KONI Challenge series history occurred Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway. The Bosch Engineering Twin Six-Hour race for Grand-Am KONI Challenge cars went down to the wire, with Mike Canney, Hugh Plumb and Matt Plumb beating out the sister Rehagen Racing Mustang by only 0.208 second at the checkered flag, six hours after the green flag flew over the season’s final race. Third went to the TRG Porsche driven by Andy Lally, Peter Ludwig and Scott Schroeder.
“This is my first win in this series, so it’s really exciting, especially to do it like we did today,” commented Canney after the race. “Our crew chief Quinn Conda had a great setup… and the car handled really well during my stint. I’m happy to get a one-two finish for Rehagen Racing,” he added.
#60 at the Oak Tree turn 11 at VIR
Hugh Plumb noted that the team had to battle back from some minor adversity early in the race. “After I got hit on the first lap I had to take an extra pit stop to fix the damage,” he said. “And then I just had to put my head down, be consistent and catch the field, but the car was great and we just kept moving forward all day.”
The day’s action was punctuated by a spectacular crash involving the No. 18 Morris Animal Foundation BMW Z4 when Andrew Davis suffered a brake failure at the end of the track’s 5000-foot back straightaway, resulting in the car flipping and rolling before landing wheels down. Davis scampered from the wreckage unhurt.
#18 Morris Animal Foundation BMW Z-4 just prior to crash
The race wound down to a green-white-checker after a final caution for debris at the “Oak Tree” Turn Eleven, when the BGB Motorsports Porsche blew its engine and scattered debris on the track.
When the final points were tallied, Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster earned the season championship over Bret Seafuse and James Gue by only six points. The points championship for drivers came down to the final race of the season, as the top seven drivers were within 19 points of each other.
VIR’s next spectator event is a 13-hour enduro for Sports Car Club of America drivers in Showroom Stock, Improved Touring, Production and Touring cars, running from 9:00 AM until the checkered flag at 10:00 that night.