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Winning drivers Christian Szymczak (left) and Kenny Murillo (right) celebrate following the race.

ALTON, Va. — Top-level sports car racing returned to beautiful and world-renowned Virginia International Raceway this past weekend...with spectators!

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Winning drivers Christian Szymczak and Kenny Murillo on the podium.

The Fanatic GT World Challenge series brings six racing series to the welcoming environs of VIR and Southside Virginia. The main event, GT World Challenge America, shares one of Americas' premier road courses with five other series including Lamborghini Super Trofeo, GT America, Porsche Sprint Challenge, TC America and Pirelli GT4 America SprintX.

This weekend was only the second pro racing event open to the public at VIR since COVID-19 caused the track to go racing without the benefit of spectators.  

Racing action began Saturday with Race 1 of the GT4 America SprintX series which matches Pro and Pro/Am teams competing on track together in separate divisions. After falling to fifth overall on the opening lap, the #72 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Kenny Murillo and Christian Szymczak would fight back to take the overall and Silver-class (pro drivers) win in Round 5 of the 2021 season at VIRginia International Raceway. It was their third win of the season.

The Pro/Am team of Matt Travis and Jason Hart driving the #47 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 would show lots of speed in taking second place overall as well as first in the Pro/Am division. Taking third place overall would be another Pro/Am team composed of Sean Quinlan and Gregory Liefooghe driving the #119 BMW M4 GT4.

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The race winning Murillo Mercedes being chased down the Roller Coaster by the second finishing #47 Porsche Cayman.

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