Las Vegas, Nevada -- The 2016 season opener of the United States Touring Car Championship was non-stop action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Winning the Touring class was last year's runner up, Gary Sheehan. In the Super Touring class, VJ Mirzayan took the win while Larry Bani took the Sportsman class victory. The GT class was won by Daniel Akhromstev.
The Touring class was the most competitive and the largest class with a very tight battle for the win among three cars. The win was captured by the 2014 champion, Gary Sheehan driving the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Finishing right behind was rookie Michael Shawhan driving the BTM Motorwerks BMW 330i. Finishing in third place was the Speed SF Nissan 350Z of Patrick Chio who was the 2015 Plastex Top Rookie.
In the Super Touring class, VJ Mirzayan took the win driving his Achilles Motorsports BMW M3. He was followed very closely by Doug Makishima's SanDisk/MCS BMW M3 followed by the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels BMW M3 of Roger Eagleton who moved from Sportsman to Super Touring class this year.
The Sportsman class featured some of the best racing of the day with Larry Bani winning the class in his GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels BMW M3. He was followed by newcomer Dmytro Pykhanov, driving the Domport/Red Star Racing BMW M3. Third place was Michael McColligan in the MazdaTrix/Racing Beat Mazda RX8.
Daniel Akhromstev won the GT class in the Domport/Red Star Racing BMW M3 while Ron Valtierra finished second in the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3.