Cooper Continues Majors Tour Winning Streak

Dillon Machavern (29) topped Simon Gregg in the GT-1 race Sunday at Virginia Int'l Raceway in Alton, Va. (F&S Enterprises Photo)
Dillon Machavern (29) topped Simon Gregg in the GT-1 race Sunday at Virginia Int’l Raceway in Alton, Va. (F&S Enterprises Photo)

ALTON, Va. – Sunday’s BFGoodrich Tires VIR Super Tour, doubling as Round Six on the Eastern Conference Majors Tour schedule, wrapped Sunday with the conclusion of the doubleheader weekend at Virginia Int’l Raceway.

The day started when the only driver who has been perfect so far this season extending his streak to six race wins. Glenn Cooper drove his No. 43 Ralf Firman Racing/Hoosier Tires RFR F1000 to a dominating win in Formula 1000, stretching his Eastern Conference point lead.

The Group 1 race was shortened to just 13 of the scheduled 14 laps when it bumped up against the 40-minute time limit following a car that got into the tires and briefly caught fire. Emergency workers were immediately on the scene to squelch any trouble, but the field was black-flagged to pit lane on lap six with the time clock still running.

The Formula Atlantic race, running in the same group, was a repeat of yesterday’s race-long battle. Once again, Sadat Yelkin started up front, and kept Keith Grant just behind for the race distance. Today, however, they were behind the No. 01 of Garrett Kletjian, the overall winner in D Sports Racing.

Like Saturday, the fast, flowing corners and long straights meant that the drafting battle in Spec Miata packed the front-runners together until the final laps. The initial start was waved off, starting the race under yellow, but on lap two the action began.

By lap 10 of 14, the lead battle was six cars deep for the lead. Saturday podium finishers Andrew Charbonneau, Danny Steyn and Dan Tiley had all taken their turns at the front of the pack.

With two to go, the No. 01 Miata of Cliff Brown moved to the front of the line, and held the pace across the stripe with one to go.

Alex Bolanos moved his No. 57 Miata to the lead through lap 14 on the final lap and led the field out of the final corner.

From there, it was a drag race to the checkered flag. Brown, moving up the outside of the track, edged his fender in front of Bolanos to take the win. Charbonneau finished third.

The American Sedan race was nose to tail for most of the race between Daniel Richardson’s No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro and the No. 42 Ford Mustang of Michael Lavigne.