24 Dec 2016 — Alan Chapman secured the WEGTE class championship with a third-place finish after leading three laps in the Elkhart Lake Multiclass in the sixth and final round of the Virtual LeMans Series [USA].
Jason Whited raced at the front of the WEGTE field most of all drivers, leading 13 of 22 laps on a run to first place.
Chapman swapped leads multiple rounds with John Smith in a lengthy and determined battle for second from the middle stages, running within car lengths of each other over a span of 16 laps. Driving the Corvette C7-R, Chapman spent the majority leading Smith after being engaged by him on the first lap. Chapman fended off a prolonged challenge by Smith in the beginning, staying just a car length ahead of him over an unbroken run of seven laps. In the end Chapman lost the spot on lap 14 and settled into third the few laps before retiring early due to dnf trouble.
The WEGTE class championship was clinched this final round by Chapman with his third-place run. In five starts, he finished as high as second.
Whited mixed it up with John Smith in a lengthy and determined battle for the race lead from the beginning, running within car lengths of each other over a range of 19 laps. Driving the Ferrari 458 GTE, Whited ran nearly equal parts leading Smith after being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 2, Whited cleared Smith and into first place on lap 10, and defended it against pressure by Smith another nine laps toward the conclusion.
Whited finished the series second in the WEGTE class standings. Whited made five starts and led 15 of his 75 laps while taking the victory once.
Alex Freitas led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish in the WEP2 class.
Driving the Acura ARX 03, Freitas drove nearly all of 10 laps total leading Chad Chapman after being caught by him on the first lap. Freitas controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to win.
Freitas finished the series in front of the WEP2 class standings. Freitas made six starts and led 78 of his 159 laps while taking the win four times.
Virtual LeMans Series [USA] finished its season after six rounds spanning two months. A total of 31 drivers competed for points in the multiclass championships.
Alex Freitas captured the WEP2 class championship, leading 78 laps and taking four wins in six races. Roberto Perales, Carl Schulz, Fahn Thomas, and Brian Fairley finished out the Top 5.
Alan Chapman captured the WEGTE class championship in a tight campaign over Jason Whited, separated by just a few grid positions in the end. Chapman led three laps in five races. Jason Whited, Matt Geddes, and Fahn Thomas finished within a race of the title. Todd Chapman finished out the Top 5.
John Smith led the WEGTE field for two laps in a run to second place.
Smith took the fight back and forth with Alan Chapman in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for second starting midway through, running within an apex of each other over a span of 17 laps. Driving the Corvette C7-R, Smith ran the majority pursuing Chapman after engaging him on the first lap, coming from as many as three spots back. Smith launched an extended challenge at Chapman in the beginning, staying within a car length behind him and keeping pace over a continuous run of seven laps. Smith passed Chapman for the second time and into second place on lap 14, and controlled it another seven laps toward the checkered flag before retiring early due to dnf trouble.
Smith finished the series sixth in the WEGTE class standings. Smith made two starts and led four of his 41 laps while taking the victory once.
Todd Chapman logged four laps at the front of the WEGTE class in a fourth-place run.
Chapman spent nearly equal parts of seven laps total leading Alan Chapman after being caught by him on the first lap. Ultimately Chapman settled into fourth the half-dozen laps before retiring early due to suspension trouble.
Chapman finished the series fifth in the WEGTE class standings. Chapman made four starts and led four of his 60 laps while finishing as high as third.
Chad Chapman captured second place in the WEP2 class.
Chapman finished the series seventh in the WEP2 class standings. He made one start and finished as high as second.