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GT Live at the Virginia International Raceway

Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA October 5-7, 2007

David Pratte
Apr 16, 2009

After a very promising but cold and wet inaugural event at VIR last year, GT Live brought its interactive brand of motorsports entertainment back to Virginia’s flagship race track this year, where Mother Nature treated competitors and spectators alike to hot and sunny conditions this time around.

Similar to last year, the Time Attack portion of the event shared track time on the main course with Grand Am’s Koni Challenge road racing finale, but with new partner Redline hosting the Time Attack the decision was made to have ŒStreet’ class time attackers run on the smaller and safer 1.1-mile Patriot course while the ŒModified’ and ŒUnlimited’ classes ran out on the hilly and high speed 3.2-mile main course where the AMS EVO reigned supreme with a blistering 1 minute 57 second lap.

Also on the Patriot course, US Drift and the Falken Tire drift team put on an awesome display of tire shredding, including ride-alongs for spectators with JR Gittin in a Drift Alliance 240SX. Tarzan Yamada was also out in full-effect, giving ride-alongs around the Patriot course in a Grand Am spec Subaru Legacy wagon race car. And as if that wasn’t enough to keep people busy, there was also XDL stunt bike riding, Rally-X and the ever-popular GT Sim Races where spectators get a chance to ride-along in some of the fastest Modified and Unlimited class Time Attack vehicles in order to get a taste of what it’s like to run around VIR in a simulated race.

Every time we attend one of GT Live’s motorsports bonanzas we’re blown away by how many interesting options are available for spectators and competitors alike. There’s literally something for everyone, from club/brand parking areas to pro-level racing with the Grand Am Koni Challenge to top notch Time Attack, Rally-X and Drift action. For go-fast junkies like us, there’s quite simply no better way to spend a weekend.

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By David Pratte
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