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2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Sept. 24-Oct. 2 at VIRginia International Raceway


Aquilante in T1 Notches 12th Runoffs Championship

Eight hopeful drivers showed up to race for the Touring 1 championship on Friday at the 59th SCCA National Championship Runoffs taking place Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). The 3.27-mile, 18-turn circuit – located along the border of North Carolina in Alton, VA – saw steady rain and gusting winds as the outer edges of Hurricane Ian moved into the area during the first of three Hagerty Race Days.

Tire Rack Pole Award winner Andrew Aquilante of Chester Springs, PA, brought his No. 33 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk/Mobil Ford Mustang to seek his 12th SCCA National Championship. Mark Boden of Buffalo Grove, IL qualified second in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3, placing himself outside on the front row. The second row included Tim Myers of San Antonio, TX in the No. 2  G-Loc/Garages Of The Americas Dodge Viper, and local talent Joseph Gaudette of Manassas, VA in the No. 86 Over1G-Racing/Phoenix Perf/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette.

At the green flag, Aquilante grabbed the initiative and held his position, while 6th-place qualifier Sandy Satullo of Hillsboro Beach, FL charged forward in his No. 07 Crowned Eagle Racing BMW M3 to take over second place.

“We got off to a good start and I had some traction when we got to the green,” Satullo said. “I was able to get around Mark [Boden] before Turn 1. My goal was to hang on as long as I could, and that was about half a lap!”

Boden had a slower start due to the water collecting on the track surface. “Sandy had a great start,” he said. “The outside of the track had a little more puddle on it, so Sandy got by me. Then I looked in my mirror and saw a Corvette sideways in the middle of the track. I figured that would hold everyone else up, so I just went eyes-forward and looked for grip.”

The spinning Corvette belonged to fourth-place qualifier Gaudette, who dropped to the back of the field before rejoining the race. Meanwhile Boden found his way back around Satullo on the front straight and set his sights on Aquilante’s spray plume.

“I saw Mark and Andrew take off, and I thought I should just drive clean and finish the race,” Satullo said.

For the first half of the race, the battle to watch was between Gaudette, who worked his way back through the field, and Robert Korzen of Fredericksburg, VA in the No. 88 Elite Classics Ford Mustang. Under a continuous shower of spray from Korzen, Gaudette took several laps to find a way around. Gaudette would make up time in the corners, only to fall back on the straights. He got around Korzen in the 8th lap, and took up fourth position.

Meanwhile, Aquilante simply checked out and drove away, keeping his Mustang on the edge of what limited traction was available.

“I saw the green and put my foot down real gentle,” Aquilante said. “Mark [Boden] was falling back and I thought, I’m not even all the way in it! It took until about halfway through the race before the tires came in. And conditions were changing, it would lighten up and then we’d have to back off again.”

Aquilante kept up his pace, gaining distance every lap. At the checkered flag, he earned his 12th SCCA National Championship with a margin of victory of 1:53.637 over Boden. Satullo finished third, also earning the Sunoco Hard Charger award by gaining 3 positions during the race.

The top three were greeted at the victory podium with a bottle of bubbly form Mazza Vineyards, the “Official Sparkling Wine” of the Runoffs.


The 59th SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, the Pinnacle of American Amateur Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America’s Road Racing National Champions this year at VIRginia International Raceway — in Alton, VA — during Hagerty Race Days, Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Live, online video coverage of Runoffs races, presented by Mazda, is available throughout the three days of competition at SCCA.com/live, and at SCCA’s official YouTube and Facebook social media channels. Live timing and scoring for each race is also available at SCCA.com, along with an audio-only feed from the Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire broadcast team.


Below are provisional results for Friday's T1 race at the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, and laps completed.

1, (1), Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, PA, Ford Mustang, 15.

2, (2), Mark Boden, Buffalo Grove, IL, BMW E46 M3, 15.

3, (6), S Sandy Satullo III, Hillsboro Beach, FL, BMW E92 M3, 14.

4, (4), Joseph Gaudette, Manassas, VA, Chevrolet Corvette, 14.

5, (7), Robert Korzen, Fredericksburg, VA, Ford Mustang, 14.

6, (3), Tim Myers, San Antonio, TX, Dodge Viper ACR-X, 13.

7, (8), Timothy Rubright, Kutztown, PA, Ford Mustang, 12.

8, (9), Paolo Salvatore, San Antonio, TX, Ford Mustang FP350S, 12.

DNS, (5), Hugh Stewart, Milford, CT, BMW E46 M3

DNS, (10), Joe Aquilante, Chester Springs, PA, Chevrolet Corvette

 

Race Stats

Length of Race: 49 miles
Overall Time of Race: : 35:17.785 (83.380 mph)
Margin of Victory: 113.637 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: 2:16.067 (85.516 mph)
Lap Leaders: #33, Laps 1-15
Sunoco Hard Charger: #07 S Sandy Satullo III


Formula 500 Driver de Vries Tiptoes to Second Runoffs Victory

Formula 500 Driver de Vries Tiptoes to Second Runoffs Victory

Friday morning’s 11-car Formula 500 (F5) field kicked off Hagerty Race Days at the 59th SCCA National Championship Runoffs taking place Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, VA.

In damp conditions, Tire Rack Pole Award winner James Weida, in the No. 22 Formula X-1/Weida Apartments Scorpion S1 Rotax, led the rain-tire shod field to the green flag with Calvin Stewart alongside in the No. 07 SabbathTruth.com/Hoosier Novakar J10 Suzuki. But it was Sven de Vries, defending F5 National Champion in the No. 27 Green Hawk Computers/Linn Racing Novakar J9 Suzuki, who grabbed the lead going into the first turn.

Tiptoeing around the 3.27-mile, 18-turn circuit, de Vries built a nearly 16-second lead on Weida after five laps into the 15-lap race. Eric McRee, in the No. 46 BurrellVodka/McReeLaw/Hoosier/M3Msp NovaRace Blade Suzuki, was further back in third after mixing it up for a bit with Stewart.

The halfway point of the race saw de Vries with a 40-second lead on Weida, whose rear-diffuser appeared to be loose and bouncing around at the bottom of the car. By the time de Vries, of Holt, MI, crossed the finish line to claim his second straight Runoffs win, his lead was more than a minute.

Upon seeing wet conditions before the race, de Vries had plans from the start to make a move into Turn 1 for the lead. Comfortable with driving in the rain, the weather Friday morning gave him hope that another National Championship was possible.

“That’s twice in a row now,” de Vries said of his victory. “Once in the dry, and once in the wet.

“I’m pretty pleased at how well this car handles in both weather conditions,” de Vries continued. “We’re usually down on top speed compared to the other guys, and around this track you have three very long parts at full throttle. The wet helped us out a little bit, and we made it work.”  

Weida, of West Lafayette, IN, had a little off-track excursion late in the race, but got back on the circuit without losing a place and came home in the runner-up position. That’s the fourth Runoffs podium finish for Weida.

“I was hoping for a dry race, but it is what it is,” Weida stated while holding a bottle of Mazza sparkling wine awarded to the top-three Runoffs finishers. “We made the call to run full wets, which was the right choice. But we missed setup a little bit, and the car was a little loose.

“I tried to drive it, but spun three times,” continued Weida. “But I can’t complain. It’s a great week if you’re on the podium at the Runoffs.”

McRee, of Lapeer MI, held on for third, which was his second podium appearance at the Runoffs. When asked about the rain conditions after the race, McRee stated emphatically how much he dislikes the wet.

“I’m a horrible rain driver,” McRee admitted. “I hate driving in the rain, but it was a necessary evil. If this wasn’t the Runoffs, I probably would’ve just sat it out, to be honest. But I’m glad I didn’t sit it out.“

Stewart finished fourth after spinning late in the race, and Keith Joslyn finished fifth in the No. 55 Spirit Motorsports Scorpion Rotax. The Sunoco Hard Charger award went to F. Russell Strate Jr. in the No. 9 Red Devil Suzuki after starting 10th and finishing sixth.


The 59th SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, the Pinnacle of American Amateur Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America’s Road Racing National Champions this year at VIRginia International Raceway — in Alton, VA &— during Hagerty Race Days, Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Live, online video coverage of Runoffs races, presented by Mazda, is available throughout the three days of competition at SCCA.com/live, and at SCCA’s official YouTube and Facebook social media channels. Live timing and scoring for each race is also available at SCCA.com, along with an audio-only feed from the Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire broadcast team.

Below are provisional results from Friday’s Formula 500 race at the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, and laps completed.

1, (3), Sven de Vries, Holt, MI, Novakar J9 Suzuki, 15.

2, (1), James Weida, West Lafayette, IN, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 15.

3, (4), Eric McRee, Lapeer, MI, NovaRace Blade Suzuki, 15.

4, (2), Calvin Stewart, Novi, MI, Novakar J10 Suzuki, 14.

5, (5), Keith Joslyn, Grand Island, NY, Scorpion Rotax, 14.

6, (10), F Russell Strate Jr, Alden, NY, Red Devil Suzuki, 13.

7, (9), Jack Walbran, Saint Louis, MO, Scorpion S1 Suzuki, 13.

8, (7), George Bugg, Toney, AL, Novakar J10 Suzuki, 13.

9, (8), Steven Jondal, Rushford, MN, Red Devil JS14 Rotax, 11.

DNF, (11), Timothy Friest, Leavenworth, KS, KBS Mk VII Rotax, 2.

DNF, (6), Jason Martin, River Grove, IL, Novakar J9 Suzuki, 0.

 

Race Stats

Length of Race: 49 miles
Overall Time of Race: 35:59.541 (avg. 81.767 mph)
Margin of Victory: 85.832 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: 2:21.862 (82.982 mph)
Lap Leaders: #27 - laps 1-15
Sunoco Hard Charger: #9 F Russell Strate Jr.

Thursday september 29th

2022 Runoffs Tire Rack Pole Award Winners from VIR

 

Three days of qualifying have come to a close at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) for the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs being held Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022, in Alton, VA. As such, 26 Tire Rack Pole Award winners have been identified and will lead their respective classes to the green flag over the next three Hagerty Race Days.

Each Tire Rack Pole Award winner receives some nifty swag and $500 to spend at Tire Rack. Equally important is the competitive and psychological advantage they gain by starting out front, and perhaps reaching the checkered flag first on their way to victory podium celebrations and a bottle from Mazza Vineyards, the Runoffs’ “Official Sparkling Wine” supplier for seven years now.

Of special note are the three drivers who each managed to secure two Tire Rack Pole Awards this year. One of those drivers is Danny Steyn, another is Kurt Rezzetano, and the third is Andrew Aquilante.

Driving the No. 9 Ocean Machinery/Nelson/OPM/G-Loc Mazda MX-5 in Super Touring Lite, Steyn claimed his fifth-ever Tire Rack Pole Award with a lap of 2:05.474 around VIR’s 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit. He then earned his sixth Tire Rack Pole Award about two hours later on Thursday driving the No. 39 Dannys Angels/OPM/Rossini/G-Loc Mazda Miata to the top of the 60-car Spec Miata field.

Rezzetano knows his way around a Ford Mustang, where he’s collected five Runoffs poles and three SCCA National Championships in Touring 2. This year, Rezzetano’s running T2 and American Sedan and has collected both Tire Rack Pole Positions in identical-number-but-different-vehicle No. 37 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Ford Mustang GTs. That brings Rezzetano’s Tire Rack Pole Award tally to seven overall.

Aquilante earned his 19th Tire Rack Pole Award Thursday by being the fastest Touring 1 driver, piloting his No. 33 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk/Mobil 1 Ford Mustang to the top of the grid sheet. Just like Steyn, Aquilante went out about two hours later and secured his 20th Tire Rack Pole Award by locking down the first spot in GT-2 driving the No. 33 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Corvette.

More GTs

In GT-1, David Pintaric looked fast on the opening day of qualifying in the No. 57 Kryderacing/Ave Motorsports/Goodyear Ford Mustang. However, a malfunctioning transponder meant none of the lap times were officially recorded. But on Wednesday, Pintaric had that gremlin sorted and popped to the top of the qualifying charts, a position he then secured Thursday for his third Tire Rack Pole Award.

The fight for pole in GT-3 was exciting over the three qualifying days. Troy Ermish, in the No. 38 Rebello Racing/Goodyear Nissan 350Z, was fastest on Tuesday. Then it was Jeff Dernehl’s turn to shine Wednesday in the No. 63 Roswell Outback Auto/RRE/Hoosier Mazda RX-7. During Thursday’s qualifying session – the last time the drivers would hit the track before the championship race – Ermish looked determined to win back the pole, but his Nissan exited the session on a flatbed truck before the 20-minute session came to a close, and Dernehl earned his first Tire Rack Pole Award.

In GT-Lite, Peter Shadowen and his No. 72 Honda CRX set the fastest time in the class on Tuesday, a time that couldn’t be beat throughout the rest of qualifying. That resulted in Shadowen earning his fifth Tire Rack Pole Award.  

Pole Production Cars

E Production remains the realm of defending class champion Jesse Prather as he claimed his third straight Tire Rack Pole Award in the No. 34 JPM/Sunoco/Carbotech/Hoosier/Amsoil BMW Z3 2.5L. F Production was dominated all three days by Eric Prill, who claimed his fifth Tire Rack Pole award driving the No. 7 MaxtonsFight/JPM/Hoosier/Carbotech Mazda Miata.

Chris Schaafsma, driving the No. 20 HoosierTireMidwest/NGP Racing/G-Loc Volkswagen Golf, opened H Production qualifying at the top of the chart. On the second day, however, the No. 18 Hoosier/Carbotech Triumph Spitfire of Steve Sargis turned a lap of 2:13.952, which reset the class qualifying record and ultimately earned a 14th Tire Rack Pole Award for him.

More Touring Tales

Marshall Mast, in the No. 31 Phoenix Performance/Hawk/Mobil 1 Scion FR-S, was the early pole leader in Touring 4 when qualifying began. Wednesday, however, saw multi-time Runoffs champion John Heinricy move to the top with a time that couldn’t be beat on Thursday. With that, Heinricy claimed his 12th Tire Rack Pole Award.

Touring 3 driver Jason Ott didn’t record an official lap time on Wednesday in the No. 09 Alpine/Hoosier/BimmerWorld/BimmerHaus BMW Z4 M, but that didn’t make a difference as he turned a record-setting qualifying lap on Tuesday of 2:04.223 in the class, which netted his first Tire Rack Pole Award.

Rounding out “Touring” coverage is the Super Touring Under class, which Johan Schwartz will lead to the start in his No. 4 VanSteenburg Performance Porsche 944. That is the first Tire Rack Pole Award for Schwartz.

Pole Formulas

The Formula Continental (FC) field kept things interesting over three days of qualifying. Tuesday saw reigning FC National Champion Simon Sikes, in the No. 13 RiceRace/Hoosier/Quicksilver/Primus Citation US2000, at the head of the pack. On Wednesday, though, Nolan Allaer and his No. 11 Martini/Chandon/LTD Motorsports Van Diemen RF02 posted a time of 1:49.895 to unseat Sikes. That time remained as the best in class on Thursday, and Allaer came away with his first Tire Rack Pole Award in only his second Runoffs appearance.

Formula 500 driver James Weida, in the No. 22 Formula X-1/Weida Apartments Scorpion S1 Rotax, controlled the top spot in his class all three qualifying days for his second Tire Rack Pole Award. Jonathan Kotyk, in the No. 08 Mygale SJ14 Honda, pretty much did the same for his third Tire Rack Pole Award. And Chip Romer, in the No. 71 Michelob Ultra Swift 016a Mazda, led the entire way in Formula Atlantic during qualifying to claim his first Tire Rack Pole Award.

The theme of qualifying dominance continued in Formula Vee, where Brian Farnham’s Tuesday time of 2:15.116 held up Wednesday and Thursday, thus resulting in his very first Tire Rack Pole Award behind the wheel of the No. 15 Quixote Racing/Kearney DD/Autowerks Silver Bullet FR-S.

Charles Russell Turner, in the No. 32 SCCA Enterprises Mazda FE2, remained atop the Formula Enterprises 2 field all three days after setting a qualifying lap record of 1:50.853 on Tuesday for his Tire Rack Pole Award. Trevor A Russell, in the No. 31 Red Arrow Racing/Inde Motorsports Van Diemen RF Ford, took the Tire Rack Pole Award in the Formula X class.

Additional Racers on Pole

A new name has risen to the top in B-Spec. Steve Introne ran strong at the 2021 Runoffs with a second-place start and a podium finish. He’s back to improve on that this year, and he’s starting strong, claiming his first Tire Rack Pole in his No. 12 VeloceEng/BlackHogBeer/BosMblTire MINI Cooper.

No surprise, the Prototype 1 and 2 class were quick all week. Todd Slusher dominated the Prototype 1 race when the Runoffs was last at VIR, claiming that year’s pole by nearly one second. He’s just about matched that feat this year, taking the Tire Rack Pole in his No. 62 Hempsun Farms Elan DP02 Mazda while setting a new qualifying record of 1:41.601 for the class.

In Prototype 2, Tim Day Jr. has now earned his third Tire Rack Pole at the Runoffs. And although his pole was claimed by only fractions of a second, his Tuesday lap of 1:47.566 reset the class qualifying lap record.

The 44-car Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 (SRF3) field is the second largest at this year’s Runoffs. Coming into the 2022 National Championship Runoffs, Franklin Futrelle had one Runoffs pole position to his name, which he earned in 2021. This year, that number grows to two as he placed his No. 97 Comprent Motorsport/Meco Inc car on the SRF3 Tire Rack Pole by a margin of 0.156sec over perennial frontrunners Charles Russell Turner, John Black, Denny Stripling, and more, with less than one second separating the top 12 qualifiers.

Polesitter Rundown

Below are provisional polesitters across the 26 different classes with driver name, hometown, SCCA Region, car, and fastest lap time. Entries with an asterisk (*) indicate a new Runoffs qualifying track record at VIR.

- American Sedan: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang GT, 2:02.162
- B-Spec: Steve Introne; Windham, NH; New England Region, Mini Cooper, 2:22.945
- E Production: Jesse Prather; Topeka, KS; Kansas Region, BMW Z3, 2:02.326
- F Production: Eric Prill; Topeka, KS; Kansas Region, Mazda Miata, 2:06.217
- H Production: Steve Sargis; Frankfort, IL; Blackhawk Valley Region, Triumph Spitfire, 2:13.952
- Formula 500: James Weida; West Lafayette, IN; Indianapolis Region, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 1:57.689
- Formula Atlantic: Chip Romer; Lake Havasu City, AZ; San Francisco Region, Swift 016a Mazda, 1:44.703
- Formula Continental: Nolan Allaer; Grosse Pointe, MI; Detroit Region, Van Diemen RF02, 1:49.895
- *Formula Enterprises 2: Charles Russell Turner; Montpelier, VA; Washington DC Region, SCCA Enterprises Mazda FE2, 1:50.853
- Formula F: Jonathan Kotyk; Atlantic Beach, FL; Buccaneer Region, Mygale SJ14 Honda, 1:59.215
- Formula Vee: Brian Farnham; Medina, OH; Neohio Region, Silver Bullet FR-S, 2:15.116
- Formula X: Trevor A Russell; Tucson, AZ; Arizona Region, Van Diemen RF Ford, 1:51.480
- GT-1: David Pintaric; Canfield, OH; Mahoning Valley Region, Ford Mustang, 1:46.808
- GT-2: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, PA; Philadelphia Region, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:51.086
- GT-3: Jeff Dernehl; Roswell, GA; Atlanta Region, Mazda RX-7, 1:57.135
- GT-Lite:
Peter Shadowen; West Palm Beach, FL; Florida Region, Honda CRX, 2:07.789
- *Prototype 1: Todd Slusher; Las Vegas, NV; Las Vegas Region, Elan DP02 Mazda, 1:41.601
- *Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr; Scottsdale, AZ; San Francisco Region, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 1:47.566
- Spec Miata: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region, Mazda Miata, 2:14.664
- Spec Racer Ford 3: Franklin Futrelle; Augusta, GA; Atlanta Region, SCCA Enterprises SRF3, 2:03.716
- Super Touring Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region, Mazda MX-5, 2:05.474
- Super Touring Under: Johan Schwartz; Huntersville, NC; North Carolina Region, Porsche 944, 2:00.615
- Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang, 1:54.890
- Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang GT, 2:00.276
- *Touring 3: Jason Ott; Littleton, CO; Colorado Region, BMW Z4 M, 2:04.223
- Touring 4: John Heinricy; Clarkston, MI; Detroit Region, Scion FR-S, 2:09.577

Qualifying Results

How to Watch Runoffs Racing

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are Hagerty Race Days at the Runoffs, which will decide Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing National Champions for the year. Each of the 26 car classes will have one, winner-take-all event lasting either 15 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first.

Each day of racing is slated to commence at 8:15 a.m. EDT. Spectator tickets are still available, and prices start at only $35 when purchased online at VIR’s website. Those who are SCCA members can get a 20-percent discount on tickets by logging in to their membership account portal at SCCA.com. And Hagerty Drivers Club members can get 20 percent off admission by procuring tickets here.

Those who can’t be at VIR can still enjoy Hagerty Race Days with multi-camera video coverage broadcast live, online at SCCA.com. That presentation can also be accessed through SCCA’s official social media channels at YouTube or Facebook, and features the voices of Greg Creamer, John Fippin, Larry MacLeod, and Tom O’Gorman, with Heyward Wagner covering pit lane.

Over VIR’s public address system, fans will hear the voices of Bob Steele, Mike Wolfe, Chris Stiffler, Tim Groft, Andy DeLay, Taylor Burris, and Wayne Owens – which makes up the Performance Motorsport Network broadcast team that covered Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour events throughout the year. That audio broadcast, along with live timing/scoring, will be available at SCCA.com/live.

Additional information – including qualifying/race results, event schedule, and facility map – can be accessed online through the VIR Runoffs Event Guide.

Additional In-Depth Coverage from “Inside the SCCA”

Don’t forget that the independently-produced “Inside the SCCA” podcast is going live – with video – from the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at VIR with a total of nine shows produced over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Runoffs.

Inside the SCCA Presented by Goodyear Racing Tires and Vintage Racers for Rescues will kick off each Hagerty Race Day with “Breakfast at the Runoffs” at 7 a.m. EDT. The coverage picks up again during the lunch break with the “Halftime Show,” and wraps each day right after the final checkered flag with “Runoffs After Dark.”

The shows, hosted by Gregg Ginsberg and Brian Bielanski, will have driver and race worker interviews, recaps of race action, and a preview of the upcoming races.

You can watch the shows on SCCA’s YouTube channel, on SCCA.com, The Racing Network on YouTube, and Racer.com.

Photo: Tire Rack Pole Award winners for the 2022 Runoffs at VIRginia International Raceway.

Photo by Jon Krolewicz/SCCA Staff

wednesday september 28th

SCCARunoffs 2022 VIR: Wednesday Evening Report

#SCCARunoffs 2022 VIR: Wednesday Evening Report

Two days of qualifying have come to close, which means there’s only one left – that being tomorrow’s Tire Rack Pole Day. By Thursday evening, grids will be set and polesitters named for three days of competition at the 59th SCCA National Championship Runoffs taking place Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).

Beginning at 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, each of the 26 car classes competing at his year’s Runoffs in Alton, VA, will have one final 20-minute qualifying session around VIR’s 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit. Motorsport fans around the country can follow all the action online at SCCA.com/live. There, you’ll find live timing/scoring, and an audio broadcast featuring commentary from longtime Runoffs announcers Tom O’Gorman, Larry “Lefty” MacLeod, Gregg Ginsberg, and special guests.

Additional information – including qualifying/race results, event schedule, and facility map – can be accessed online through the VIR Runoffs Event Guide.

Looking for a Super Sweep

Established in 2009, the SCCA Road Racing Super Sweep is the most demanding accomplishment a Club racer can achieve. To merit the award in 2022, drivers must win a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championship, a Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour Nationwide Points Championship, and a National Championship Runoffs race at VIR — all within a single class in the same year.

Tons of skill, time, and commitment go into being a Super Sweep winner. In 2021, only six drivers earned the honor. Those competitors were Andrew Whitston in Formula Vee, David Daughtery in B-Spec, James Jost in American Sedan, Tim Kezman in GT-2, Kurt Rezzetano in Touring 2, and Danny Steyn in Super Touring Light.

At VIR this year, 20 of 26 Runoffs races could produce a Super Sweep winner – and upwards of 30 drivers are still in the hunt before Hagerty Race Days begin. Some drivers only require a Runoffs race win; others need a combination of factors to align.

It’s a complicated equation, especially when a Runoffs performance counts toward the Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points Championship. The best way to stay atop developments is to tune to SCCA.com for Runoffs Hagerty Race Day video coverage presented by Mazda, or follow along at SCCA’s official YouTube or Facebook social media channels.

Day 2 Qualifying Leaders

The following list contains drivers who are class leaders after the second day of qualifying (also known as Hawk Brake-Through Performance Wednesday) for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs being held at VIR. These provisional results include driver name, hometown, SCCA Region, car, and fastest lap time. Bolded entries indicate a polesitter change from Tuesday to Wednesday.

- American Sedan: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang GT, 2:02.351
- B-Spec: Steve Introne; Windham, NH; New England Region, Mini Cooper, 2:22.945
- E Production: Jesse Prather; Topeka, KS; Kansas Region, BMW Z3, 2:02.326
- F Production: Eric Prill; Topeka, KS; Kansas Region, Mazda Miata, 2:06.217
- H Production: Steve Sargis; Frankfort, IL; Blackhawk Valley Region, Triumph Spitfire, 2:13.952
- Formula 500: James Weida; West Lafayette, IN; Indianapolis Region, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 1:57.689
- Formula Atlantic: Chip Romer; Lake Havasu City, AZ; San Francisco Region, Swift 016a Mazda, 1:44.703
- Formula Continental: Nolan Allaer; Grosse Pointe, MI; Detroit Region, Van Diemen RF02, 1:49.895
- Formula Enterprises 2: Charles Russell Turner; Montpelier, VA; Washington DC Region, SCCA Enterprises Mazda FE2, 1:50.853
- Formula F: Jonathan Kotyk; Atlantic Beach, FL; Buccaneer Region, Mygale SJ14 Honda, 1:59.868
- Formula Vee: Brian Farnham; Medina, OH; Neohio Region, Silver Bullet FR-S, 2:15.116
- Formula X: Trevor A Russell; Tucson, AZ; Arizona Region, Van Diemen RF Ford, 1:51.480
- GT-1: David Pintaric; Canfield, OH; Mahoning Valley Region, Ford Mustang, 1:47.233
- GT-2: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, PA; Philadelphia Region, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:51.776
- GT-3: Jeff Dernehl; Roswell, GA; Atlanta Region, Mazda RX-7, 1:57.135
- GT-Lite:
Peter Shadowen; West Palm Beach, FL; Florida Region, Honda CRX, 2:07.789
- Prototype 1: Todd Slusher; Las Vegas, NV; Las Vegas Region, Elan DP02 Mazda, 1:41.601
- Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr; Scottsdale, AZ; San Francisco Region, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 1:47.566
- Spec Miata: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region, Mazda Miata, 2:14.664
- Spec Racer Ford 3: Franklin Futrelle; Augusta, GA; Atlanta Region, SCCA Enterprises SRF3, 2:03.716
- Super Touring Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region, Mazda MX-5, 2:05.474
- Super Touring Under: Johan Schwartz; Huntersville, NC; North Carolina Region, Porsche 944, 2:00.615
- Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang, 1:54.890
- Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang GT, 2:00.292
- Touring 3: Jason Ott; Littleton, CO; Colorado Region, BMW Z4 M, 2:04.223
- Touring 4: John Heinricy; Clarkston, MI; Detroit Region, Scion FR-S, 2:09.577

Qualifying Results

Don’t Skip Tire Rack Pole Day

If you’re reading this Wednesday evening from somewhere other than VIR, then there still might be time for you to make it out to Alton, VA, for Thursday’s Tire Rack Pole Day. Spectator admission starts at a mere $20, and you can learn more here. Those who are SCCA members can get a 20 percent discount on tickets by logging in to their membership account portal at SCCA.com. And Hagerty Drivers Club members can get 20 percent off admission by snatching up tickets here.

Those who can’t make it to VIR can still enjoy Hagerty Race Days – which are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – with multi-camera video coverage, presented by Mazda, broadcast live, online at SCCA.com. That broadcast features the voices of Greg Creamer, John Fippin, Larry “Lefty” MacLeod and Tom O’Gorman, with Heyward Wagner covering pit lane.

Over VIR’s public address system during race days, fans will hear the voices of Bob Steele, Mike Wolfe, Chris Stiffler, Tim Groft, Andy DeLay, Taylor Burris, and Wayne Owens – which makes up the Performance Motorsport Network broadcast team that covered Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour events throughout the year. That audio broadcast, along with live timing/scoring, will be available at SCCA.com/live during Hagerty Race Days.

Photo: After posting “no time” Tuesday during qualifying, David Pintaric jumped to the top of the GT-1 field Wednesday in the No. 57 Kryderacing/Ave Motorsports/Goodyear Ford Mustang.

Photo by Jeff Loewe


 

SCCA Runoffs 2022 VIR: Tuesday Evening Report

One done, but two more days of qualifying are to come for the 59th SCCA National Championship Runoffs taking place Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Beginning at 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday, each of the 26 car classes competing at his year’s Runoffs will have another 20-minute qualifying session around VIR’s 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit.

If you can’t be trackside for qualifying, follow the action online at SCCA.com/live. There, you’ll find live timing/scoring, video feeds from a couple static cameras, and an audio broadcast featuring commentary from longtime Runoffs announcers Tom O’Gorman, Larry “Lefty” MacLeod, Gregg Ginsberg, and special guests.

Additional information – including qualifying/race results, event schedule, and facility map – can be accessed online through the VIR Runoffs Event Guide.

History Shared: VIR & SCCA

This is only the second time SCCA’s Runoffs has been held at VIR, the first taking place just a few years back in 2019. But SCCA and VIR actually have quite a history together.

In 1955, a group of North Carolina car enthusiasts began their search for a possible racetrack location. They found a perfect plot of land, owned by the Foote family, near the state line shared by Virginia and North Carolina. The track was constructed and opened in 1957 as one of the country’s first permanent road racing circuits, and the very first official event was an SCCA race that attracted stars like Carroll Shelby, Carl Haas, Bob Holbert, and Augie Pabst.

The circuit played host to many great SCCA moments up until 1973 when it was forced to close. Twenty-five years later, in 1998, investors Connie Nyholm and Harvey Siegel decided to leave their careers in New York real estate to resurrect VIR. Their vision for the facility was more expansive than anyone could have imagined.

It was the year 2000 when the ghost track was renovated to become a repaved, world-class road racing circuit that followed an original 3.27-mile centerline. In addition, Nyholm and Siegel transformed VIR into America’s first “motorsport resort” that offered a racetrack, lodging, and dining; as well as skeet, pistol, and rifle ranges.

Prior to the 2014 season, Nyholm again led the charge to initiate several updates that included repaving the track’s Full Course for the first time since 1999, a project that widened the track by six feet at several locations to allow easier passing. The North Paddock was paved, and the start/finish line moved to just after pit row for better spectator viewing.

Today, the venue boasts a 1.1-mile Patriot Course, 1.65-mile South Course, 2.25-mile North Course, 4.2-mile Grand Course, and the 3.27-mile Full Course – which is the layout being used for the SCCA Runoffs. There’s also a kart track and huge skid pad.

Car and Driver magazine recognized VIR as one of the top six road courses in the nation. The venue draws tens-of-thousands of spectators for great racing, as well as fantastic music festivals. It’s a patch of green heaven, filled with character, and a fixture in SCCA racing thanks to high-speed straights, challenging turns, and dramatic elevation changes.

Click the button below to watch a video on VIR’s history, as told by the people who made it happen.

VIR Video History

tuesday september 27th

Day 1 Qualifying Leaders

The following list contains drivers who are class leaders after the first day of qualifying for the 59th SCCA National Championship Runoffs being held at VIR. The provisional results include driver name, hometown, SCCA Region, car, and fastest lap time.

- American Sedan: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang GT, 2:02.534
- B-Spec: Steve Introne; Windham, NH; New England Region, Mini Cooper, 2:23.141
- E Production: Jesse Prather; Topeka, KS; Kansas Region, BMW Z3, 2:02.819
- F Production: Eric Prill; Topeka, KS; Kansas Region, Mazda Miata, 2:06.890
- H Production: Chris Schaafsma; Wheaton, IL; Chicago Region, Volkswagen Golf, 2:15.220
- Formula 500: James Weida; West Lafayette, IN; Indianapolis Region, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 1:57.689
- Formula Atlantic: Chip Romer; Lake Havasu City, AZ; San Francisco Region, Swift 016a Mazda, 1:44.953
- Formula Continental: Simon Sikes; Martinez, GA; Atlanta Region, Citation US2000, 1:50.557
- Formula Enterprises 2: Charles Russell Turner; Montpelier, VA; Washington DC Region, SCCA Enterprises Mazda FE2, 1:51.210
- Formula F: Jonathan Kotyk; Atlantic Beach, FL; Buccaneer Region, Mygale SJ14 Honda, 1:59.868
- Formula Vee: Brian Farnham; Medina, OH; Neohio Region, Silver Bullet FR-S, 2:15.116
- Formula X: Trevor A Russell; Tucson, AZ; Arizona Region, Van Diemen RF Ford, 1:51.614
- GT-1: Jeff Hinkle; Tomball, TX; Atlanta Region, Dodge Challenger SRT, 1:48.972
- GT-2: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, PA; Philadelphia Region, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:51.776
- GT-3: Troy Ermish; Tracy, CA; San Francisco Region, Nissan 350Z, 1:58.766
- GT-Lite: Peter Shadowen; West Palm Beach, FL; Florida Region, Honda CRX, 2:07.789
- Prototype 1: Todd Slusher; Las Vegas, NV; Las Vegas Region, Elan DP02 Mazda, 1:41.601
- Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr; Scottsdale, AZ; San Francisco Region, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 1:47.566
- Spec Miata: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region, Mazda Miata, 2:14.664
- Spec Racer Ford 3: Franklin Futrelle; Augusta, GA; Atlanta Region, SCCA Enterprises SRF3, 2:04.298
- Super Touring Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region, Mazda MX-5, 2:05.926
- Super Touring Under: Johan Schwartz; Huntersville, NC; North Carolina Region, Porsche 944, 2:01.128
- Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang, 1:54.890
- Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region, Ford Mustang GT, 2:00.292
- Touring 3: Jason Ott; Littleton, CO; Colorado Region, BMW Z4 M, 2:04.907
- Touring 4: Marshall Mast; Denver, PA; Philadelphia Region, Scion FR-S, 2:10.636

Qualifying Results

Missing the Runoffs?

Easily one of the most fantastic and exciting road race extravaganzas in North America, the SCCA Runoffs is a sight to behold. So much sound, color, action, and variety make it a #funwithcars motorsports masterpiece not to be missed. If you can get here, do it.

Spectator admission starts at only $20, and you can learn more here. Those who are SCCA members can receive a 20-percent discount on tickets by logging in to their membership account portal at SCCA.com. And Hagerty Drivers Club members can get 20 percent off admission by snatching up tickets here.

For those who just can’t make it to VIR in Alton, VA, it’s possible to enjoy Hagerty Race Days – which are Friday, Saturday, Sunday – with multi-camera video coverage, presented by Mazda, broadcast live, online at SCCA.com. That presentation can also be accessed through SCCA’s official social media channels at YouTube or Facebook, and features the voices of Greg Creamer, John Fippin, MacLeod, and O’Gorman, with Heyward Wagner covering the action in pit lane.

Over VIR’s public address system during race days, fans will hear the voices of Bob Steele, Mike Wolfe, Chris Stiffler, Tim Groft, Andy DeLay, Taylor Burris, and Wayne Owens – which makes up the Performance Motorsport Network broadcast team that covered Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour events throughout the year. That audio broadcast, along with live timing/scoring, will be available at SCCA.com/live during Hagerty Race Days.

Photo: Marshall Mast, in the No. 31 Phoenix Performance/Hawk/Mobil 1 Scion FR-S, was the fastest Touring 4 driver Tuesday during the opening day of qualifying at the Runoffs.

Photo by Jon Krolewicz/SCCA Staff

 

monday september 26th

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

FC

 

 

13

 

 

Sikes

 

 

1:50.825

 

 

 

1:53.796

 

 

5

 

 

135.143

 2FC32Russell1:51.167-0.3421:51.5117111.089
 3FE25Monette1:51.963-1.1381:51.9907139.28742.36739.78129.842
 4FE232aTurner1:52.056-1.2312:05.658788.871
 5FC88Minor1:52.122-1.2972:05.5016104.688
 6FE217Jennerjahn1:52.527-1.7021:52.5277136.269
 7FE204Conzo1:52.586-1.7611:57.404797.219
 8FC65Varacins1:52.779-1.9541:57.3246138.814
 9FE262Acker1:52.793-1.9682:07.141797.104
 10FE299Shrader1:53.038-2.2132:06.493796.303
 11FE208Strickland1:53.147-2.3221:53.3277101.567
 12FC11Allaer1:53.276-2.4511:54.8046138.34442.97040.65131.183
 13FC75Payne1:53.751-2.9261:53.7517118.667
 14FE219Vanacore1:53.925-3.1002:00.5327121.488
 15FE209Hamilton1:53.939-3.1142:08.8108108.15
 16FE279Rackley1:54.204-3.3792:05.9487103.104
 17FC22Tatman1:54.424-3.5991:54.4245134.035
 18FC52Allaer1:54.742-3.9172:55.982593.122
 19FE245Burt1:54.962-4.1371:54.9626139.525
 20FE229Jago1:55.310-4.4851:57.4407101.19
 21FE20Regan1:55.368-4.5432:12.882787.821
 22FE2145Yates1:55.454-4.6292:00.7777112.002
 23FE283Green1:55.614-4.7892:01.358762.129
 24FC41Cordova1:55.659-4.8341:58.750398.865
 25FE286Cruz1:55.988-5.1631:59.0147106.322
 26FE222aYeatman1:56.065-5.2401:57.4147137.41444.64841.43631.330
 27FE233Harrington1:56.258-5.4332:01.852766.204
 28FE238McEwan1:56.665-5.8402:09.141756.309
 29FE280Rackley1:56.904-6.0791:57.2356137.64544.11941.77131.345
 30FC27MacDonald1:57.098-6.2731:58.3547121.488
 31FE2111Hillenburg1:57.337-6.5121:57.33760.693
 32FC58Pepitone2:08.731-17.9063:11.8202102.974
 33FE227aOppermann   0  
 

sunday september 25th

 

 1FC13Sikes1:56.520 1:56.5201130.609
 2FE25Monette1:57.119-0.5991:57.1191134.255
 3FE208Strickland1:57.376-0.8561:57.3761138.11
 4FC75Payne1:57.920-1.4002:35.0562127.354
 5FC88Minor1:57.920-1.4001:57.9201134.476
 6FE2145Yates1:58.989-2.4691:58.9891134.476
 7FE239McAllister1:59.373-2.8531:59.3731132.086
 8FE209Hamilton2:01.605-5.0852:01.6051122.397
 9FX8Hill2:01.909-5.3892:01.9091113.243
 10FE2111Hillenburg2:08.814-12.2942:08.8141119.186
 11FC22Tatman2:11.299-14.7792:11.2991119.186
 12FC27MacDonald2:19.326-22.8062:19.3261124.63649.37850.44239.506
 13FC11Allaer3:11.319-1:14.7993:11.319164.026
 14FE219Vanacore   0130.401  33.266
 15FE229Jago   0130.818  36.150
 16FE232aTurner   0135.366  42.548
 17FC52Allaer   0133.162  37.022
 18FE233Harrington   0134.92  37.229
 19FC58Pepitone   0121.85  43.348
 20FC26Silver   0126.566  35.102
 21FE204Conzo   0    
 22FC32Russell   0    
 23FC65Varacins   0    
 24FC66Jasper   0  
 
2022 SCCA Runoffs by the Numbers

What's in a number? When it comes to racing, the answer is often everything. And when it comes to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, taking place this week at VIRginia International Raceway, numbers are more significant than ever. The racer with the lowest number in their qualifying time all week will earn the Tire Rack Pole. Some would argue that come Hagerty Race Days on Sept. 30-Oct 2, the numbers that count the most are one, two, and three – although for many of the 500-plus racers on site this week, the number "15" holds higher significance, as it indicates they went the full race distance around the 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit.

Those are the obvious numbers – but for the SCCA Runoffs, we dig deep. Since the evening bench racing has the “lies” and “damn lies” portion covered, on this "Hawk Brake-Through Performer" Wednesday qualifying day, let’s look at some statistics:

26Let’s start with the most fun number this week. There are 26 classes, which means 26 races. That will mean 26 SCCA National Champions. Most importantly, that means 26 hours of live racing coverage on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, That’s more than IMSA’s 24 Hours At Daytona – and you can sleep at night without missing a thing!
95How about strength of field? An impressive 95 drivers on the entry list have a Runoffs gold medal at home.
52Oh, let’s keep this thread going. Of those 95 above, 52 of them have more than one National Championship.
10Now we’re into the elite zone. A total of 10 drivers (John Heinricy, Andrew Aquilante, David Daughtery, Michael Lewis, Steve Sargis, Andrew McDermid, Pete Peterson, Michael Varacins, Mike Miserendino, and Jesse Prather) have five or more SCCA National Championships. In the history of the Runoffs, only 36 drivers other than these have won five or more.
79Flipping the script, there are a great chunk of drivers making their first Runoffs start this season at VIR. Welcome!
54This is the number of drivers who will make their 20th or more Runoffs start at VIR.
16The active leader in National Championships. John Heinricy added to his total last season to reach second all-time, but still 11 short of Jerry Hansen’s 27.
16Returning winners from the last time we were at VIR – 16 of them! Gregory Eaton (AS), Eric Prill (FP), John Phillips (B Spec), Nick Leverone (T4, also running in SM), Jeff Dernehl (GT3), Tim Minor (FC), Visa Silegren (HP), Todd Buras (SM, also running in STL), Todd Slusher (P1), Anthony Seaber (won in FM, now FA), Jonathan Kotyk (FF), Andrew Whitston (FV), Andrew Aquilante (GT2), Danny Steyn (STL, also running SM), Peter Shadowen (GTL, also P2 this year), and Mark Boden (T1, but also GT2 and T2) .
72Andrew Aquliante’s pole winning percentage, the career best for those with a minimum of 10 starts. Andrew is 18 of 25 in his career, and is entered in two classes this year at VIR. He could fall as low as 66% and dip back behind Jerry Hansen; or he could jump to 74% with a pair of poles. Depending on how it goes, his is the percentage that’s moving.
7But while we’re on the topic, Aquilante is just seven Tire Rack Pole Awards away from the all-time lead. Jerry Hansen has 25, with Aquilante trailing with 18.

Photos by Jon Krolewicz / Staff

 
Different Timing Line, Restart Procedures Highlight '22 Runoffs Supps

Supplemental Regulations for the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Sept. 24-Oct. 2 at VIRginia International Raceway, have been posted on the Runoffs event page. New items for 2022 include a shift of the official timing loop during test and qualifying days, as well as the introduction of an acceleration point for race restarts.

 

Official Timing Loop

To maximize available green flag time in the day, SCCA has taken a cue from professional racing organizations, and will shift its official timing loop for both test and qualifying days. For those days (Saturday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 29), official times will be set at the South Start/Finish line, adjacent to the South Tower after Turn 12 (Oak Tree Curve). All sessions will receive the green and checkered flag at this station, meaning drivers will be able to pit five corners later, rather than complete a 17-turn, 3.27-mile cool-down lap.

“We checkered the sessions during the 2019 Runoffs test days at the end of the back straight,” said Deanna Flanagan, SCCA Director of Road Racing. “After analyzing green- and checkered-flag times for those days, as well as those times during qualifying days that utilized the traditional timing line, we learned that several minutes can be gained between sessions if we eliminate the full cool-down lap. On average, the transition time between checkered flag and green flag was more than three minutes quicker during test days. That extra time allows for an entire extra session in the day throughout qualifying, which means one fewer combined-class run group each day.”

Benefits to drivers include the ability to save an entire “in” lap after completing an official timed lap, should they wish to pit and then return to the track. Drivers can also start a hot lap and evaluate if their run up the back straight, through Rollercoaster and Hog Pen, are quick enough to continue the lap, or potentially duck into pit lane.

While the Start/Finish line for the test and qualifying sessions will relocate, the event will utilize the North pit lane along the front straightaway throughout test days, qualifying and racing, as was the case in 2019.

SCCA is working with data industry experts to develop instructions on how to work with the shift of official timing lines, both with data analysis and onboard lap timers. Details will be posted in the coming months.

Restart Acceleration Point

Another significant change for the 2022 Runoffs is the introduction of an acceleration point for race restarts. Noted by a cone, or similar recognizable marker, the point signifies when the leader may begin accelerating to the green flag once the safety car has turned off its lights and entered the pit lane.

“This is another situation where we are taking cues from some professional racing series by providing the drivers a definitive point where they can accelerate from the speed of the safety car on a restart,” added Flanagan. “This is done to take some of the inconsistency and gamesmanship that we’ve witnessed out of the equation.”

More Information

Full information on these two changes, as well as all event Supplemental Regulations, are available at the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs event page, at www.scca.com/runoffs.

 
 

 
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