The weather was ideal for the whole week and Clint McMahan was dominant from the very first test day lap, win the pole and checked out in the race to claim his second well-deserved National Championship at Virginia International Raceway.¬† Clint did prove that he is human, not an alien ūüėä, when he made a driver error on the first test day, going off and destroying his brand new, one-off nose of his newly designed carbon fiber body (and yes, you can buy one).¬† So now his Scorpion is no longer pink but carbon fiber black.¬† Clint was forced to use a Scorpion sports car nose to replace the broken CF nose along with modifications to make it fit and flow air.¬† Despite the lower performing nose and after 3 days of qualifying, Clint set a new qualifying lap record of 1:57.3 to win the pole while both Calvin Stewart (2nd with 1:58.2) and Eric McRee (3rd with a 1:59.3) were also under the previous lap record.¬† Fourth was David Lapham (2:01) and fifth was Aaron Ellis (2:01.1).¬† These four were close enough to pose a threat to Clint if he made a mistake during the race.

During the race on Friday afternoon, that mistake never happened as Clint was ‚Äúinch perfect‚ÄĚ for most of the race while setting a new race lap record four times down to finally a 1:57.5 as he built up a 30 second lead by the checkered flag.¬† Calvin Stewart (best lap 1:59.1) and Eric McRee (best lap 1:58.8) were nose-to-tail and duking it out for the latter half of the race with Eric momentarily ahead of Calvin near the race end.¬† Calvin finished 2nd, Eric was 3rd¬† ¬†(Eric‚Äôs report and video are in another post), Aaron Ellis was 4th¬† with an uneventful race and David Lapham was fifth with a 1:59.1 best lap, also under the old record.¬† David lost contact with Eric when he went off, broke something in the chassis and soldiered on with a wounded car and then doing a snap spin (probably from the chassis being broken) allowing Aaron to get past him for 4th.

Here is the race webcast Р  Enjoy this on a BIG screen.

Additional race report coverage from SCCA is here ‚Äď

The race points are as follows:

  1. Clint McMahan  24
  2. Calvin Stewart    22
  3. Eric McRee         20
  4. Aaron Ellis          18
  5. David Lapham    16
  6. Jeff DeLong         14
  7. Jack Walbran      12

The final 2019 Series point standings are as follows:

  1. Eric McRee 112
  2. Clint McMahan 64
  3. Calvin Stewart 56
  4. Jeff DeLong       54
  5. Jack Walbran 52
  6. David Lapham 36
  7. Dave Brown 24
  8. Craig Laprade 20
  9. Aaron Ellis 18
  10. George Fox 16

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