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Factory Five Challenge Series driver John George won impressively at the Virginia International Raceway March Madness 3-hour endurance race! Almost as impressively, John turned in a fast lap time of 2:05.265! That is a SICK fast time for a 320 HP Factory Five Challenge Car.

Race report from John George:

The 2015 race season started with VIR March 20-22 in the NASA MidAtlantic region. Friday test/tune, 3hr Enduro, Sat/Sun sprint races sets the stage for great racing. Factory Five drivers included John George, Paul Arnold, Roger Fusse, Paul Kaiser, and John Kabacinski driving his flat black LS3 powered GTM. Factory Five customer Austin Nally brought his bright red FFR Challenge car with a massive engine and big brakes and worked the weekend as NASA instructor.

Friday’s test/tune saw wet track conditions early on drying in the afternoon. The test/tune sessions were uneventful with drivers learning the track and making sure their winter modifications were without issue.

John George participated in the 3 hour enduro with qualifying around lunchtime on a damp track setting the fastest time securing pole for the start of the race. Helping John fuel was John K, Paul A, and Roger were setup in the pits as the green flag dropped starting the enduro. John’s strategy was to have scheduled to come in every 1 hour taking 15 gallons of fuel. Leading the race early on, he settled into a comfortable pace running 2:06-7’s until the first pit stop. Ratchet Head Racing were running 2 BMW ES cars going for the overall win, and they were leading after John’s first pit stop. He turned up the pace running them down battling for a number of laps eventually passing them on track and improving his fast lap to a 2:05.3. The second pit stop was a repeat of the first, with John’s black and orange Factory Five Challenge Car chasing down the BMWs making for some excellent racing. John was able to win the checkered flag in a very close 3 hour race! John started on the pole and won the race overall as well as the EO class, not bad at all!

 

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Saturday, Paul Kaiser arrived early at the track opting out of running the Friday test day and was lucky enough to find a parking space for his monster 48ft trailer across from our paddock area. Qualifying for Saturday’s race saw John on pole, followed by Paul Kaiser, Roger, and Paul Arnold who had transponder issues showing no time (later to be diagnosed as a bad ground!). The start of the race was fierce with Paul Kaiser shadowing John through the early traffic but unfortunately his engine was not up to par forcing him to retire early from the race. John George won the Saturday race, Paul Arnold and Roger finished 2nd and 3rd with Pauk Kaiser 4th.


Sunday morning qualifying again saw John George on the pole, but this time setting a new lap record of 2:05.265 for Challenge Series cars at VIR.

A great weekend had by all, weather was perfect, 70 degrees during the day, and cool 50-60’s in the morning. The next event is on May 1-3 at VIR and will see more FFR Challenge Cars getting practice time in for NASA Nationals held at VIR beginning of September.


Factory Five Challenge Series racer enjoys the mild weather before race time.


Five Factory Five racers showed up to race. The #5 car from Paul Arnold above.


John Kabacinski raced his LS-powered flat black GTM.


Factory Five Challenge Series racer Roger Fusse ran the #7, er… #17 Challenge Car.
 

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Wow! Congrats to all the FFR cars/teams. Sounds like John got a lot of support for the endure from fellow racers.

We run our first set of races this weekend at Button Willow here on the West Coast in the Western Endurance Racing Championship with a combined 3 hour WERC race and a televised USTCC 2 hour race. We are entered in both races so hopefully the FFR PDG GTM will be seen performing well on MAV TV!
 

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