30 May 2011 — Mike Dos Santos led all drivers in the GT2 class most for 15 of 28 laps on a run for first place in the Valencia GT Challenge in Round 2 of the SuperTurismo:GT Global GT Challenge series.
Driving the Ferrari 430 GT2, Dos Santos traded positions multiple rounds with John Van Der Geest in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead from the early stages, running within a scrape of each other over a range of 28 laps. Dos Santos ran nearly equal parts leading Van Der Geest after initially being caught by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 18, Dos Santos passed Van Der Geest for the third time and into first place on lap 22, and defended it against pressure by Van Der Geest the remaining seven laps to the checkered flag.
Dos Santos moves up to the lead of the GT2 class standings, four points ahead of Jussi Virtanen. Dos Santos has two starts and led 30 of his 56 laps while taking the victory once.
Reinhard Berger led all drivers in the GT1 class most for 19 of 30 laps on a run for first place.
Berger mixed it up with Pedro Teixeira in a prolonged fight for the race lead from the early stages, sparring over a stretch of 13 laps. Driving the Maserati MC12, Berger drove the majority pursuing Teixeira after being engaged and passed by him on lap 7. Berger launched a prolonged attack at Teixeira in the early stages, staying within a lap behind him and gaining ground over an unbroken run of 10 laps. Berger cleared Teixeira and into second place when Teixeira retired on lap 17, and kept it the final 13 laps to the conclusion.
Berger remains in the lead of the GT1 class standings, increasing the lead over rival Allen Cotton to 12 points. Berger has two starts and led 48 of his 60 laps while taking the win twice.
John Van Der Geest held the GT2 class lead for 13 laps in a run to second place.
Driving the Porsche 997 GT2, Van Der Geest wrestled the advantage back and forth with Mike Dos Santos in a long and tense battle for the race lead starting early on, running within a scrape of each other over a stretch of 28 laps. Van Der Geest spent nearly equal parts leading Dos Santos after originally engaging and passing him on the fourth lap. In the end Van Der Geest lost the spot on lap 22 and settled into second the seven laps running to the checkered flag.
Van Der Geest is fourth in the GT2 class standings for the series. He has one start and led 13 of his 28 laps raced while finishing as high as second.
SuperTurismo:GT Global GT Challenge series moves on to Round 3 in two weeks at Spa-Francorchamps '04. The series has 16 drivers competing for points in the multiclass championships.
Pedro Teixeira held the GT1 class lead for 11 laps in a run to fourth place.
Teixeira swapped leads multiple rounds with Tristan Bayless in a relentless fight for second from the beginning, running within car lengths of each other over a stretch of six laps and changing positions three times. Driving the Lamborghini R-GT, Teixeira spent equal parts leading Bayless after initially engaging and passing him on the second lap. After losing the spot on lap 4, Teixeira got around Bayless for the second time and into first place on lap 6, and kept it another 11 laps toward the checkered flag before retiring early.
Teixeira is seventh in the GT1 class standings for the series. He has one start and led 11 of his 17 laps raced while finishing as high as fourth.
Tristan Bayless won second place in the GT1 class.
Driving the Aston Martin DBR9, Bayless ran all of 28 laps total pursuing Reinhard Berger after initially targeting him on the first lap. In the end Bayless settled into second the 13 laps running to the conclusion.
Bayless is third in the GT1 class standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as second.
Gary Murray captured third place in the GT1 class.
Tomi Niinimaki captured third place in the GT2 class.