|Torpedoed in Virginia|
|ITR star-driver takes third step on podium despite shunt
The 3rd round in the Grand Am simrace series turned out very well for ITR man Michael Ryhl in the Pontiac V8-powered Riley sportsracer. He came P3 and collected enough point to rise to #45 out of 317 entrants in the whole series.
|Michael Ryhl aims the #9 Riley Pontiac around the big Oak Tree and prepares for another pursuit down the Back Straight on the treacherous VIR track|
|'I performed well during (not very much) practice and qualifying, and scored a personal best at 1:46.604', said the driver before the race, 'and everybody has big-time respect for the VIR, because you have to be sooo careful'. The lap time gave Q4 on the starting grid and when Michael Ryhl came past the pits for L19 he was P3 because australian Corey Slade had retired his Riley.
With 10 minutes remaining brazilian Bruno Melo crashed from P2, and in the ITR pits the Bella Lago swim wear models were jumping with joy. The team manager advised Michael Ryhl to relax, and cruise home leisurely, but bad luck struck and he went off at South Bend.
'I recovered the car on the grass and waited for a safe re-entry when a Mustang came over the hill, and he must have been surprised because he also lost it and torpedoed right into my front end', an excited Michael Ryhl explained afterwards. He limped the car back to the pits for repairs, but the team had to retire the car, and the safe P2 was converted into a P3.