Joe Moholland was lapping VIR 2 seconds faster than his competitors, and took the win and the Championship in Super Touring 1 at VIR.

Starts in Super Touring 1 can be hectic. The fastest cars among those in the Touring categories, Super Touring 1 fields barrel into Turn 1 carrying a huge amount of speed. But all five of the cars assembled got through the first turns clean and were off and running when a collision between two American Iron cars brought out the black flags.

The race resumed after the entire field had sat in the hot pits for several minutes, but double yellows came out again. The yellows disappeared nearly as quickly as they were shown, and finally it was time to go racing. Joe Moholland, whose lap times were nearly 2 seconds quicker than his nearest competitor, held on for the win in Super Touring 1.

“It wasn’t as crazy at the beginning as they often are,” Moholland said. “I had a tough day yesterday. I tore half of my splitter off on the first lap. So today I was going to be a little more conservative and little more patient on the start. I didn’t want to get mixed up with the SU cars too early. My patience paid off today.”

Moholland bested second-place finisher Larry Bailey, who ran into a bit of trouble early in the race when the flags were waving.

Larry Bailey fell behind early in the race, but fought back to take second in Super Touring 1.
Larry Bailey fell behind early in the race, but fought back to take second in Super Touring 1.
Larry Bailey fell behind early in the race, but fought back to take second in Super Touring 1.
Larry Bailey fell behind early in the race, but fought back to take second in Super Touring 1.

“I got behind on the first lap,” Bailey said. “I got passed on the inside in Turn 5 I gradually worked my way back up and the yellows came out and then the black flag came out, and I got my positions on the restart and held on till the end.”

Third-place finisher Mike Edmondson was dealing with troubles of his own.

Michael Edmondson’s ECU shut down and the entire run group passed him by on the restart. He fought back to finish third.
Michael Edmondson’s ECU shut down and the entire run group passed him by on the restart. He fought back to finish third.

“We took off from the start and had, probably P3 until the caution came out and put us back on grid,” Edmondson said. “Under the restart, the computer shut down and the whole field went by me. All the Mustangs, Spec Iron, everybody went by me. I had to coast into Turn 1. I got the computer restarted and worked my way through the field and got back to P3 by the end. It was a fun race. It was too bad I couldn’t get up front with Joe, we really would have had a good time.”

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