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ALTON, Va. (Oct. 12, 2019) – Saturday afternoon, under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 80s, the GT-2 field headed out behind Tire Rack Pole Award winner Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, for their 15-lap National Championship Runoffs® race on VIRginia International Raceway’s 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit.
Kevin Allen, of Anderson, South Carolina, was alongside the No. 33 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette of Aquilante as the thundering field made its way to the green flag. Allen had his No. 64 FGR/Hoosier/Rebello/Mallen Alley Nissan 300ZX Z32 revved up and ready to go, hoping to eclipse Aquilante at the start. The racket of Allen’s car broke Aquilante’s concentration for a moment and forced an error that hindered a perfect start. But alas, Allen’s efforts weren’t quite enough as Aquilante managed to assume the lead by Turn Two and hauled off to a 10-second victory and his fourth GT-2 National Championship, setting a new GT-2 lap record along the way.
The victory signified the successful completion of a stressful project for Aquilante. His winning car was actually configured for Touring 1 competition earlier in the year. But only four months ago, Aquilante decided to rebuild the car for GT-2 competition. Even with putting in 16-hour workdays, the build ran late, and the Corvette didn’t even make it out of the paint shop until August.