’74 911 Fall Challenge Series, Race 1-2
September 24, 2019 – The ’74 Porsche 911 Fall Challenge Series kicked off on with Races 1 and 2 being held at Road Atlanta.
Jason Whited took the pole and back-to-back wins in the two races that saw exciting and action-filled starts, and plenty of on-track action throughout. Joe Miller took P2 in both races, with Brette Brooks repeating that pattern with 2 P3 finishes. In the Seniors group, Jerry Hamilton also won both races.
This looks to be an exciting series and the action will pickup where Road Atlanta left off at Brands Hatch in 2 weeks time!
ACC Sprint – Barcelona Race 2
September 23, 2019 – Race 2 was chaotic for most, as drivers had found their rhythm and began to push the limits. Keith Briscoe kept clear of any trouble and took 1st, while John Paul Hidalgo was caught in an incident with Josh Staffin, dropping both down the order. Hidalgo recovered to 2nd, while Staffin could only manage 4th. Don Bélanger made a fantastic drive to 3rd after having his Q2 lap invalidated and starting at the back of the field.
Silver Class drivers all had difficult races, with incidents and spins throughout the order. Dave Hassar came home 1st in class after an early incident with Ian Jacobs, who finished 3rd in class. JT Tami managed 2nd in class after a spin.
AM Driver Eric Andersen again proved his confidence around Barcelona, finishing 1st in class well clear of the other AM drivers. Michael Mortensen again showed flawless consistency finishing 2nd in class, with Miguel Valenzuela finishing 3rd in class.
ACC Sprint – Barcelona Race 1
September 23, 2019 – Race 1 was marked by the dominance of John Paul Hidalgo, outpacing the field with no incidents to speak of. Jon Uyan drove well, taking 2nd overall, with Josh Staffin recovering from a poor start to finish 3rd.
Dave Hassar snatched a victory in Silver class with Ian Jacobs spinning twice and ending up second in class, while JT made an excellent start to take 3 positions within the first two corners, finishing 3rd in class.
In the AM class, Eric Andersen punched well above his weight, mixing in with the Silver drivers and scoring well in the overall championship, as well as taking 1st in class. Michael Mortensen kept everything clean, and was well rewarded with 2nd in class. Jorge Rivera came home 3rd in class, after a spin early on forced him into a recovery drive.
NARS Summer Goes to Laguna Seca
September 19, 2019 – Winding down the long 24-race NARS Summer Series, the Flatsix survivors made the trek to Laguna Seca. Whicle one of the most famous of road racing venues, it is also one of the toughest for its elevation drops and sudden changes. Norm Graf made a huge charge to the front in qualifying with a 1:25.593. But after 60 minutes it was those Hall guys once again taking the win in Group A and Group B. Group A winner Greg Hall was followed by Norm Graf in second, and Ernest Dela Cruz took third. For Group B, Brian Hall added one more win to his belt with Frank Radosti taking the silver and Mark Cotherman pulling down the third spot on the podium. The final NARS Summer event is next week with the GT3 cars in their usual 15 / 45 minute format.
CMS-TXL MX-5 Cup at Donington Park
September 18, 2019 – After a short break, the MX-5 Cup Series met at Donington Park for Race 7 of the season.
With a field of 15 cars making the trip, it was Paul Darling who would take the pole over series points leader JT Tami. As the green flag fell, Darling and Tami would push out front, with newcomer Mitchell Peake moving from 5th to 2nd by the end of Lap 2. The three of them would pull away from the rest of the pack, with several drivers encountering problems behind them, although Brian Szebelski would remain in sight of the front three for most of the race.
With a few laps to go, Peake would fall back and lose third to Szebelski on the penultimate lap, while Darling pulled away from Tami up front and take the win by 17 seconds. Tami continues his championship leading way with another podium finish in second, and Szabelski drove home in third for his first podium of the season.
There’s still three races to go, and next up is a trip to Austin, Texas and the Circuit of the Americas on October 2nd! So grab your cowboy hats, and plan to join us for what is sure to be a race for the ages!
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.