Virginia City, Nev. (June 29, 2010) - The first Spectre 341 Challenge is now in the history books after two days of high-performance competition under wide open Nevada skies. Over two dozen supercars competed in the event, including a rally-prepped Nissan GT-R, a road race Corvette ZR1, tuned Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, several Porsche 911 turbos, a variety of muscle cars and even a 1952 DeSoto Pikes Peak racecar.
Red Line customer Lou Gigliotti of Wylie, Texas, drove his LG Motorsports 2010 ZR1 to the overall event win, pushing the 750-horsepower supercar to a best time of 3:21.747, followed by Steve Millen in the Stillen GT-R (3:22.926) and Jeremy Kappus in a tuned Lancer Evolution (3:25.579). Mark Gillies drove a 2010 Viper ACR up the hill in 3:19.414, but was placed in an exhibition class due to tires that did not meet the minimum 100 tread wear rating.
Six new members were inducted into the "3:41 Club", the exclusive group of drivers that have driven the mountain in less than three minutes forty-one seconds. The new members are Mark Gillies, Lou Gigliotti, Steve Millen, Jeremy Kappus, Ezra Dyer in a 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo (3:33.419) and Alexander Djordjevic in a Porsche 911 Turbo (3:36.440).
Unfortunately after two days of fun and excitement, the event suffered a tragedy when Alexander Djordjevic perished in an accident when he went off course. Out of respect for his family, this is all the information about the unfortunate incident that the race organizers issued at the time. This is a very sad turn of events, but Alexander was doing what he loved. Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this trying time.
Overall this unique event, showcasing high-performance street cars on an actual mountain road shut down to the public, in one of the harshest climates in the country, truly tested every vehicle in attendance. After 204 total runs by 25 vehicles, the LG ZR1 proved to be both the fastest and the most reliable and consistent. We congratulate Lou and his team and send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fallen driver.