June 18, 2021

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Metni Receives ‘One For The Outdated Guys’ At VIR

Alan Metni in victory lane at Virginia Int’l Raceway. (IMSA photograph)

ALTON, Va. – “One for the previous guys!” exclaimed driver Alan Metni as he emerged from his No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in victory lane at VIRginia Int’l Raceway Sunday morning.

It was the 1st time Metni was presented the checkered flag, emblematic of an total Porsche GT3 Cup Obstacle Usa by Yokohama race victory, touching off a challenging-earned and very long-awaited celebration for the 53-year-outdated racer.

Metni has collected his fair share of initially-spot trophies in the Platinum Masters course for motorists 45 several years and older.

He’d even completed 2nd over-all – as recently as Saturday’s race at VIR – and has raced in the Platinum Cup class for current-generation 911 GT3 Cup automobiles given that 2018.

In Sunday’s second race of the weekend doubleheader at VIR, Metni commenced from the pole position for the to start with time in his career just after recording the quickest lap in race a person.

He confronted a torturous 45 minutes of force from a wide range of younger drivers and only pulled a hole when they battled amongst every single other.

Nonetheless, a last caution and restart with only a handful of laps remaining intended Metni had to combat even tougher.

His teammate Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Porsche pulled alongside coming to the green flag and the two battled door-to-doorway for a number of turns just before Metni bought the benefit. He went on to gain by just .547 seconds.

“It’s fitting that it transpires there, this is the to start with put I at any time podiumed 3-and-a-50 percent several years in the past in (the) Gold (Cup course, for earlier-technology cars). I’m truly joyful to have it materialize listed here.

“I just experienced to continue to keep my head down and racing my race and driving as near to the excellent lap as I could occur up with. Thankfully, when they tangled with every other, they slowed each other down a very little bit, gave me a very little home to breathe. The fellas at Kelly-Moss gave me a fantastic motor vehicle. The race is gained in the coaching and this is the hardest working crew in motorsports right now.”

Kingsley, who finished 1st in Saturday’s race, extended his lead in the position standings by seven, 134-127, around Metni and 9 points around Riley Dickinson in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche.

Dickinson began 2nd on Sunday behind Metni but a spin early in the race despatched him down the ranks. The Texan fought back for a 3rd-put end.

“The points are the most significant point at the conclusion of the day, so I’m happy with that,” said Kingsley. “Congratulations to Alan, he drove an awesome race. Which is his initially general win and he’s been seeking that for a whilst. Him and his staff have been doing work super hard for that, very pleased of him. Of class, that’s what I want, but I’m also a crew participant. I’m glad he had that and a 1-2 for Kelly Moss and a 1-2-3 yesterday.”

Curt Swearingin took house a trio of trophies in excess of the class of the weekend in the Gold Cup course.

Swearingin swept the class’ two victories in the No. 17 ACI Motorsports Porsche and earned the Yokohama Really hard Charger Award on Sunday as the Gold Cup competitor who acquired the most positions all through the race.

It capped a demanding but satisfying weekend for the ACI team. Right after a tests incident on Monday, the group had to get ready the backup automobile in two days’ time in its Tennessee store in get for Swearingin to race at VIR.

“We had to work tough in Race 1 to gain it,” Swearingin mirrored. “We arrived back again and got a fantastic begin below and just led it flag-to-flag. Our workforce did awesome. We produced a handful of alterations overnight and the automobile was much better. We just experienced a excellent time.

“It displays the outdated fellas can do it,” the 49-calendar year-old included about Metni’s earn. “I’m really joyful for him. He’s labored truly challenging to get there so he deserves it.