NARS at The Green Hell 2020
Race Report by George Angelidis
April 30, 2020 – The Nürburgring. This is the world’s most challenging racetrack. 154 bends. 20.83km. Too dangerous for Formula 1. No wonder Jackie Stewart called it “The Green Hell”. So, what is it, that brings us back here? What drives us to go faster? To push harder? And brake later? I guess it’s what we do. It’s what we have always done. So, did we do it? 20 drivers were brave enough to tackle the race!
GTE/GT4 Cup Series at Mid-Ohio
Race Report by Tim Collier
April 29, 2020 – As the GTE/GT4 Cup Series hits halfway on the season schedule, the field would regroup at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for this week’s battleground. The tight, twisty confines of this circuit would create few passing opportunities between drivers, and between classes. With the sun setting low on the front stretch, the fight would last until the end of the 1-hour race time.
Qualifying in the GTE class would see Humberto Roca taking the front spot by two-tenths, while in GT4 Kurt Polter took the pole position in class by less than half a second. The start was clean through the first few turns, but it didn’t take long before spots started changing hands.
In the GT4 class, Polter would take off with Justin Hess right behind, and the two would stay close for many laps running 1-2 the majority of the race. In third place, JT Tami would battle with Brett Stephens, with Stephens eventually pulling away. With a handful of laps to go, Stephens would pass Hess for second place but in front, it was Polter for the win. Hess would finish third, taking yet another podium this season, and Stephens finished second in his first race in the series.
As for the GTE class, the front runners would run into trouble on cold tires early on, and Dion Smith would take the lead on Lap 4 with Miguel Antonio Alcrudo in second and Drew Lidkea in third. By Lap 7 Alcrudo would take the front spot from Smith, and Roca would battle with Smith for second for several laps until Lap 15 when Roca held the spot. On lap 33, Roca would move into first place as Alcrudo pitted, then the following lap would himself pit and give it back with a 20-second deficit to the lead. As the laps wound down, Roca would put on a charge but it would not be enough. Alcrudo gets his first GTE win of the season, with Roca finishing in second and last week’s winner Lidkea rounding out the podium.
After 4 races, the Drivers Championships are close in both classes. In GTE, Drew Lidkea sits in first place with Dion Smith only 3 points back in second, and Humberto Roca in third, Matthew Overton in fourth and Peter Hebron in fifth.
In the GT4 class it’s Kurt Polter atop the standings with a 26-point lead over JT Tami in second place. In third is David Anderson, with Justin Hess in fourth and Jason Lundy in fifth.
There will be a dropped race result in the final standings, so there’s still a lot to work out by the end of the season!
The next race for this series will be on May 13th at Road Atlanta in our second Endurance length event of the season. With 75 minutes to battle, and tire strategy in play, it should be quite the race!
Geddes Backs up his Performance at Goodwood with Win at Jerez in CMS Historic Assetto Corsa Race
Race Report by David Anderson
April 26, 2020 – Congratulations to Matt Geddes for winning this week at Jerez in Round 2 of the CMS Assetto Corsa Historics Series featuring the Ford Escort vs the Alfa Romeo GT Am car.
After a wild and fun event at Goodwood we saw another large field take to the Spanish links of Jerez for another really close battle. This series is proving to have much beating, banging, and lots of laughs with some great drifting to go with it in these cars.
Along Matt on the podium were Aaron Roberts, and Jason Whited.
TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Silverstone
Race Report by Tim Collier
April 22, 2020 – As with last week’s race at the Historic Barcelona layout, this week the TCR/MX-5 Series would take a trip back in time to the 2008 layout of Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit for a 30-minute duel in the sun.
With 7 TCR entries and 10 Mazdas, things were shaping up where qualifying would be very important as always, and Turn 1 a high-speed bend that would cause some to lose, and others to gain. In the MX-5 class, Justin Hess would grab the pole with a very impressive 2:11.479, and in the TCR class, it was Brian Szabelski on top again with a 2:00.281 lap, more than a second over the second-place qualifier.
The start was clean, but positions were definitely gained and lost between Turns 1 and 6, and upfront Szabelski would lead lap 1 with Dave Slee moving up to second and David Shutt up to third from his 5th starting spot. By the end of Lap 2, Szabelski was back in 5th while Liam Park would take the lead with Shutt not far behind. Lap 6 would see Shutt take the lead from Park and pull away for the remainder of the 15-lap race, taking the win by just over 8 seconds. JT Tami also worked up through the field and passed Park to grab the second spot and Park finishing in third only a second behind.
In the MX-5 class, Hess would find himself hounded by Kurt Polter early until Lap 11 when Hess would stretch out his lead enough to take the win, his 3rd of the season. Polter would take a convincing second place finish, and in third Samuel Scott again taking another podium spot this season.
After 6 races, the Driver’s Championships are close in both classes, with one dropped result calculated in.
The MX-5 class is led by Kurt Polter, with Samuel Scott in second place seven points back, with Drew Lidkea, Peter Hebron and Kenny Rodriguez in a very tight battle for third.
In the TCR class, Brian Szabelski sits atop the standings with Liam Park eight points behind in second place, JT Tami in third only one point back, and Miguel Antonio Alcrudo in fourth, another single point behind Tami, with David Slee rounding out the Top 5.
The next race in this series will be May 6th at the beautiful Brands Hatch Circuit – Full Course. With only four races to go, it’s anybody’s Championship!
CMS Historics Series starts Ford vs Alfa Series at Goodwood
Race Report by David Anderson
April 19, 2020 – The Sunday Night Assetto Corsa Series kicked off a new 6-week mini-season on April 19th to help classic racing fans and members of Champion Motorsports pass the fine with some door-to-door banging on Sunday nights.
For this 6 week season, we are going to see the Alfa Romeo GT AM car take on the Ford Escort. This is going to be a popular combination to watch on the track and if Round 1 at Goodwood was any indication will be very well attended.
Over 20 cars took the green flag at the Iconic Goodwood Circuit in these phenomenal cars. Congratulations to Aaron Roberts for the win. A shout-out as well to Michael Kolar and Matt Geddes for their podium finishes.