The ninth run of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship brought the GTD Pro and GTD classes to Alton, Virginia. There, five Porsche Customer Racing Teams entered the third-last race for points in the 2023 season. Beneath a cloudy sky, yet warm 29° Celsius and high humidity, the teams entered Virginia International Raceway.
In the GTD Pro class, Pfaff Motorsports #9 started from fourth spot of their class and tenth overall with Patrick Pilet. The Porsche 911 GT3 R of the GTD classes entered from the following start placements: AO Racing #80 with PJ Hyett from 11th spot (16th overall), Kelly-Moss with Riley #91 with Alan Metni from 12th (17th overall), Wright Motorsports #77 with Alan Brynjolfsson from 13th of his class (18th overall), and Kelly-Moss with Riley #91 with David Brule from class position 14 (19th overall).
As the green flag was swung, all vehicles entered the first turns without any issues. For the four Porsche vehicles of the GTD class, nothing changed in terms of positions. This meant that they could anticipate a though battle through the grid. At the same time, Patrick Pilet #9 fell behind by one spot in the GTD Pro class. With that, the Pfaff Motorsports Team had to wait for the right time – the class mix had placed a GTD vehicle between Pilet and the fourth placed car of the GTD Pro class.
Patrick Pilet in the number nine had few chances to pass in the first few minutes. Luck was also not on the side of the Kelly-Moss with Riley Team: The Porsche 911 GT3 R #92 had crashed agains the tire barrier in turn six. Parts were strewn across the track and the vehicle was also stuck in the middle of the turn. Luckily, driver David Brule was unharmed. The result: full course yellow after ten race minutes.