MNRL ’74 911 at Snetterton
November 19, 2019 – Car troubles would see points leader Joe Miller sit out the Snetterton races. Jason Whited took advantage of the situation and with wins in both races, took back his championship points lead.
Gilles Lalonde took P2 in both races. Pete Holm and Aaron Page were both able to grab their first overall podium of the series finishing P3 in respective races.
In seniors division, Race 1 podiums were as follows. P1 – Pete Holm P2 – Jerry Hamilton P3 – Aaron Page. And in Race 2 it was Aaron Page taking the P1 spot, followed by senior points leader Jerry Hamilton in P2, and Pete Holm rounding out the top 3.
ACC Sprint – Zolder Race 1
November 18, 2019 – Driver Classification Updates: Jux Edgar: First race, to Silver – still under review
The subsequent reports will be written with these changes included.
Pro – Pros all hold station for the first 4 laps with John Paul Hidalgo hounding Bubba Jones for 2nd. Lap 5, Josh Staffin hit the anti-cut at the exit of the second chicane and dropped back towards the pack. On lap 6, Hidalgo clipped grass going into turn 2, falling behind Don Bélanger, followed by a spin entering the first chicane, losing another place to Keith Briscoe. Two laps later, Briscoe also spun in the first chicane, falling behind Hidalgo and Ricardo Navon (Silver). Briscoe then slid into turn 3 on lap 14, hitting the barriers and dropping further down the order, behind JT Tami (Silver) and Eric Andersen (Silver). Jones and Staffin came together in the second chicane, resulting in Jones spinning and losing a place to Bélanger. From there things finally settled down; a race full of a fair mix of fortunes. Staffin came home in 1st, with Bélanger taking 2nd and Jones rounding out the podium in 3rd.
Silver – The Silver class had an action-packed race, with multiple drivers having their challenge for the class win ended in a spin or collision with the barriers. Jon Uyan and Dave Hassar, the two drivers to lead their class into lap 1, suffered such spins at the exit of turn 10 on laps 13 and 17 respectively; these led Uyan to retire to 13th, and dropped Hassar to 12th overall. Jux Edgar, who was initially running with the pair at the start, spun off the kerb at turn 1 on lap 5, dropping from 2nd in class to 7th (12th overall at the time), and out of contention for the class win. With Miguel Valenzuela serving a Drive-Through Penalty and Dominic Guerin dropping back from an early mistake, the fight for 1st in class was left to JT Tami, Ricardo Navon, and Eric Andersen. Navon was leading the class after Uyan spun himself out of contention on lap 6, with Tami and Andersen following close behind. As the laps went on and the field entered the final quarter of the race, Andersen was falling back and Tami had finally closed the gap to Navon. On lap 19, Navon, having defended well to this point, left a gap on the inside of turn 2; Tami took the class lead. Navon, in a final bid to retake it, went for a late move down the inside into turn 12 on the final lap; Tami, not expecting it, turned in, and the pair collided. Navon spun to the infield with Tami carrying on, and ended up dropping behind Andersen. The final results were: Tami 1st in class and 5th overall, Andersen 2nd in class and 6th overall, with Navon taking 3rd in class and 7th overall.
AM – No AM drivers were present this round.
ACC Sprint – Zolder Race 2
November 18, 2019 – Results from the event.
Pro – John Paul Hidalgo and Josh Staffin led the field into the first lap, staying side-by-side through the entire first sector; when they arrived at the 1st chicane, Staffin took to the kerb and yielded the lead. Bubba Jones was chasing down Don Bélanger in 3rd, with Keith Briscoe having to defend from Jux Edgar (Silver) and falling away from the frontrunners. Staffin was struggling to match Hidalgo in the early stages, eventually falling back towards Bélanger and Jones behind. Laps went by with things remaining fairly calm; by lap 13 Staffin and Hidalgo had reopened a small gap to the cars behind, but it all came to a peak when Staffin tapped the rear of Hidalgo coming out of the second chicane, sending him into a spin. Staffin pulled to the side and let Hidalgo back past, the pair dropping to 4th and 3rd respectively, with Bélanger taking the lead ahead of Jones. On the next lap, Staffin passed Hidalgo who suffered from oversteer entering turn 4. From there, Bélanger was in control of the race; pulling away from Jones, along with Staffin and Hidalgo fighting over 3rd, Bélanger brought it home to finish 1st overall, taking his first win of the season. Jones would follow in second, with Staffin holding onto 3rd after a spin from Hidalgo in the first chicane on lap 19.
Silver – Jux Edgar and Eric Andersen led the Silver pack, starting 6th and 7th respectively. Unfortunately, Andersen had a poor launch, dropping him into traffic and eventually running wide off track, plummeting to the back of the field. Ricardo Navon would also find himself towards the back after running deep into the second chicane while battling with Jon Uyan for 5th in class. A major order shift occurred when JT Tami tagged the rear of Dominic Guerin (4th and 5th in class respectively) at the exit of turn 12, causing Guerin to spin off track, into the path of Uyan who had moved to avoid Tami. Uyan, Tami and Guerin would drop to 11th, 12th and 13th overall, with Tami and Guerin far off the rest of the pack. Guerin would later spin, suffering significant damage and pitting for repairs. The second chicane would prove lethal, spinning Dave Hassar from the class lead on lap 7, Edgar from 5th in class on lap 12, and Uyan nearly spinning on lap 17, allowing Tami to pass for 4th in class. With Andersen leading the class in 6th overall, the fight for the final podium spots came down to Navon and Valenzuela, 2nd and 3rd in class from lap 8 to lap 19, when Valenzuela outbraked Navon into turn 1, taking 2nd in class and eventually finishing there. Thus, the final podium in Silver class was made up by Andersen 1st in class and 6th overall, with Valenzuela 2nd in class and 7th overall, and Navon taking 3rd in class and 8th overall.
AM – No AM drivers were present this round.
Rally Monaco Results
November 16, 2019 – The first event of the CMS Rally Championship Season 2 was a tale of domination by one driver – Tommi “Wolfsmind” Neuvonen who took the top spot in both the 4WD and FWD categories. Grats Tommi!
1. Tommi Neuvonen – Peugeot 206 Rally – 0:59:01.173
2. Michael Miesenberger – Ford Focus RS Rally 2007 – 0:59:21.479
3. Steve Carmen – Citroën C4 Rally – 1:01:20.034
1. Tommi Neuvonen – Opel Adam R2 – 1:02:21.248
2. Sean Jordan – Ford Fiesta R2 – 1:03:58.356
3. Gareth Howell – Ford Fiesta R2 – 1:05:15.145
NARS at Sonoma
November 14, 2019 – As the NARS Autumn series winds down, an infrequently visited track was the venue for Race 6: Sonoma. A decent sized grid attendanece (especially compared to the two previous races) made for some extra excitement. Over the course of the past few weeks, the Group A Senna has lost favor and the drivers have chosen to migrate back to their more comfortable surroundings – a GT3 cockpit. Elliot Budzinski took the pole spot with a 1:31.482 best lap. The race was met with a higher than usual attrition rate, no-doubt in part because of the rough track surface (the Corvettes looked like they were on pogo sticks). At the checkered flag, points went to JT Tami followed by Tyler Alan and Christopher Snow on the podium.
MNRL F1 95 at Silverstone
November 12, 2019 – While it seems simplistic on the surface, Silverstone always proves itself a great challenge for drivers. Round 4 of the MNRL F1 95 Series was held there.
Joe Miller took the pole, but thus far dominating driver in the series, Allan Hellmann stole the show and the race with another convincing win.
Frank McCurdy took P2 and Joe Miller rounded out the overall top 3.
In seniors division, Peter Holm grabbed his first win of the series. Tony Boynton was also able to clinch a podium spot, finishing in P2, followed by Seniors points leader Jerry Hamiliton in P3.
The challenging Nurburgring circuit is next on the schedule after a short one week Thanksgiving break for the teams.