Brutal NARS GT3 Race at Crystal Palace
September 12, 2019 – Brutal. That’s the keyword for the NARS Summer Series racing Thursday night. Racing at the throwback track, Crystal Palace proved to be a ruckus with the majority of the grid encountering major repairs in the pits or an outright DNF from damage.
It started with the 15-minute qualifying race, won by Group A driver Don Fryman who ran out of gas at the finish and Group B first time winning driver, Paul Ibbotson. In the feature 45-minute race, it was very frequent podium finisher Greg Hall taking the win in Group A once again. Don Fryman looked to be the winner until an errant fuel calculation ran his Corvette dry. He commented to winner Greg Hall, “I knew I was in trouble when I saw you duck into the pits behind me.” Behind Greg was Norm Graf followed by Jon Uyan. Group B has a new series event winner, Frank Radosti, who managed to keep out of trouble and cross the line with a sigh of relief. Following Frank was Group B points leader Brian Hall with Derek Steffeck taking 3rd.
CMS-TXL GT3 Series at Catalunya GP
NARS Flatsix Visits Crystal Palace
September 5, 2019 – Another new track for this group and another one that is tight and fast making a clean pass almost impossible. With lap times under one minute there was no time to even catch your breath. Tire wear issues would again scuffle the field with those that got it figured out moving to the front. After 60 minutes we would again see Greg Hall lead Group A across the the finish line followed by Jason Whited and Don Fryman. A nice welcome to new arrival and first time winner goes to Group B Mark Cotherman with Frank Radosti and Tom Nasella following him home. The NARS Summer Series has just 4 races left in the long 24 race season.
NARS GT3’s at NJMSP
August 29, 2019 – The NARS GT3s followed-up last weeks Flatsix race with their own brand of excitement. In the 15-minute sprint race, it was Jon Uyan, Don Fryman, and Greg Hall in Group A. Group B winners were Brian Hall, Derek Steffeck, and Thomas DiLibero. Once the grid top 8 were inverted, JT Tami and Norm Graf were on the front row. Things got exciting right from th start with both cars making contact. At the end of the 45-minute feature, it was Greg Hall taking another Group A win with Jon Uyan in second and Don Fryman in third. In Group B, Bian Hall took the win (again!) with Paul Ibbotson in second and Mark Cotherman completing the podium.
CMS-TXL MX-5 Series at Sarthe
August 28, 2019 – For the sixth race of the season, the CMS-TXL MX-5 Cup Series took to the historic streets of Circuit de la Sarthe, and pushed the Mazda Miatas to their limits over the 8-mile circuit.
Qualifying ended with 16 cars on the grid, led by Miguel Antonio Alcrudo, who was joined on the front row by Greg Mac, and points leader JT Tami right behind them. The start was fast and frenzied, but clean as the front six fell in line and tried to break away from the rest of the pack. With only 8 laps to race, the push to the front eventually separated the front three from the rest of the field.
A final lap battle, with side by side racing in the Porsche Curves, ended with Alcrudo taking the win by a mere 0.379 seconds over Scott, with Tami right on his bumper. The finished as they started, and was the first win of the season for Alcrudo who pushes himself into the points battle with only four races to go.
After a week off, this series will meet for Race #7 on September 18th, with an announcement for the remaining schedule coming soon.
NARS Summer Series – Flatsix Round 6