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GTE/GT4 Cup Series at Brands Hatch

Race Report by Tim Collier May 6, 2020 - On a beautiful Fall afternoon in England, the Champion Motorsports MX-5 Club Series met to take on the full circuit for the seventh race of the season. If there's one thing about this series that proves to be true, even 30 minutes is more than enough time for plenty of racing action. In the qualifying session, the TCR class would see Kris Hudson grab the pole by almost half a second with a lap time of 1:34.096, edging out JT Tami who would start alongside on the front row. In the MX-5 class, Samuel Scott would take the top spot from Kurt Polter with a time of 1:41.955, a half-second over Polter to lead the MX-5 field at the start. The race start was smooth, with plenty of racing throughout the field, but upfront Hudson would lead the first two > more

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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 > more

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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 > more

GTE/GT4 Cup Series at Barcelona

Race Report by Tim Collier April 15, 2020 - One of the greatest things about GT racing is the fact that the cars have headlights because not every course is lit for night racing without them. This opens the door for duels in the dark such as the GTE/GT4 Series pulled off this week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, running the historic layout. In qualifying, the GT4 class top spot was the sole property of Kurt Polter once again winning that front starting spot by more than 2 seconds!! In the GTE class, Dion Smith would take the overall pole position by a half-second after leading the field in P1 as well. The start was uneventful, and as the GTE's jockeyed in the dark to gain ground on Smith, there was also the possibility that some GTE's would take tires and others would not. Smith would lead > more

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Laguna Seca

Race Report by Tim Collier April 8, 2020 - As the TCR/MX-5 Club Series hits his stride, the teams headed to sunny California and Weathertech Raceway at Laguna Seca for the fifth race of the season marking the halfway point to the title. Another large field for both classes provided some great action on the track, and for some in the sand. In qualifying, Brian Szabelski would grab his second pole of the season in the TCR class to lead the entire field at the start. In the MX-5's it was Justin Hess grabbing yet another pole, this time by four-tenths over second place. It was a clean start for both classes, and up front Szabelski would hold the lead for the first 5 laps of the race, with constant pressure from behind by Miguel Antonio Alcrudo and JT Tami. Hard racing all while negotiating class traffic would make > more

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GTE/GT4 Cup Series at Spa

Race Report by Tim Collier April 1, 2020 - Who doesn't love Belgium in the morning? This week's GTE/GT4 Cup Series race started with the sun just over the mountains and with quite a chilly track temperature to go along with a 34 car field and the endurance length race, this event was destined to have a very interesting outcome with tire strategy playing a large part of the final standings. Qualifying went as usual in the GTE class with Humberto Roca nailing a fast lap of 2:13.673 edging out Angle Ledesma by a mere 0.067 seconds for the top spot. In the GT4, Kurt Polter put in a fast lap of 2:30.659 to take the pole position in class, with Justin Hess starting shotgun missing the pole by a few tenths. The race start saw many drivers pushing extra hard to make up for qualifying woes, and by > more

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Barber

Race Report by Tim Collier March 25, 2020 - This week the TCR/MX-5 Club Series took a trip to Alabama, but not that big oval everyone knows, but the twisty Barber Motorsports Park circuit with its multiple elevation changes, corkscrews up and down, and few passing zones. As the mid-season stretch starts, the points battles and on-track duels are heating up, and there's a lot of racing left to do! In qualifying, it was Mario Teixeira snatching the TCR class pole by less than two-tenths to lead the entire field at the start. In the MX-5 class, it was Samuel Scott on top with a qualifying lap of 1:39.844 edging out second by 0.17 seconds! The rest of the field in both classes had many drivers almost setting identical times, foreshadowing the battles ahead. As the green dropped, Teixeira would take the lead but an off-track on Lap 2 > more

GTE/GT4 Cup Series at Sebring

Race Report by Tim Collier March 18, 2020 - The first race of a new season always brings about many questions...which drivers will excel, what's the secret to saving those tires, and of course, what does it take to put my car in victory lane?! The questions were about to have answers as Champion Motorsports drivers, both new and seasoned took to the track at Sebring in the first official GTE/GT4 Cup Series race of the season!! The pre-season event two weeks ago at Road America was an awakening for many with the new Porsche Cayman GT4 as well as the updated tire models for all the cars in this series. The weather was warm, and the track a bit on the slick side with 34 drivers taking to the track! Qualifying was a tight in both classes, with Humberto Roca taking the GTE and overall pole position edging > more

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Watkins Glen

Race Report by Tim Collier March 11, 2020 - This week, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series headed to upstate New York to visit Watkins Glen International, using the full "Boot" layout in the first of two endurance events on this season's schedule. Times posted in qualifying indicated the track was getting faster as the clouds moved in, with Brian Szabelski putting in a sub-2 minute lap time to take the TCR Class pole position, and in the MX-5's it was the same with Samuel Scott blistering the track taking pole by more than half a second! The race start was uneventful, and the two classes began to file into line and concentrate on clean laps, and keeping the tires fresh for as long as possible. In the MX-5 class, Scott would take the lead from the pole and never look back for his first win of the season. Behind him, > more

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GTE/GT4 Pre-Season at Road America

Race Report by Tim Collier March 4, 2020 - With the release of the Porsche Cayman GT4 this week, it was time to put the rubber on the road and see how well it grips. Tonight's pre-season race at Road America was a multiclass affair featuring the GTE class cars of iRacing on the track with it's latest release. The new tire model for all the cars proved to be an additional factor for some drivers, but as usual many adjusted along the way and found the groove once again. In qualifying Justin Hess would start on pole for the GT4 class with a blistering lap 1.2 seconds faster than his next closest competitor. Humberto Roca started up front in GTE with a 0.2 second gap back to second. The race start had some interesting moments, but as predicted the racing was tight in both classes. After a few > more

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Road Atlanta

Race Report by Tim Collier February 26, 2020 - This week, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series took to the famed Road Atlanta circuit for the second race of the season. The heat and marbles made for a thin line to turn a fast lap, and everyone in attendance was up to the task. In qualifying, Samuel Scott started on the pole in the MX-5 Class while Liam Park would grab his first CMS pole to lead the entire field to the green. The start of the 30-minute race was tight racing, and after a few laps both classes would stretch out into several battles that lasted the entire race. At the end it was Miguel Alcrudo taking the win with Brian Szabelski edging out Douglas Ritter for second place, the two of them only 7.7 seconds behind Alcrudo at the end. In the MX-5's, Samuel Scott and Kurt Polter pulled > more

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Interlagos

Race Report by Tim Collier February 12, 2020 - Kicking off a new season of racing, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series went south to Brazil to the historic Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, otherwise known as Interlagos. With two classes of cars racing simultaneously, there were many overtakes between and within classes all the way to the checkered flag. In the TCR Class, Miguel Alcrudo would qualify on the pole and take an early lead, with his son Miguel Antonio Alcrudo hot on his tail. It was a father/son duel that wasn't decided until the last lap, when Antonio Alcrudo would make the pass and hold on for the win! Not far behind them, Brian Szabelski would finish in third place, completing podium with a great run of his own. The battles in the MX-5 class were from second place back, as Kurt Polter would take the pole position in qualifying, > more

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TCR/MX-5 Pre-Season at Zolder

Race Report by Tim Collier January 29, 2020 - The final pre-season race for the TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Zolder was, in few words, fast. With such a tight circuit and downright evil chicanes, the pace was quick and the race undecided until the end. In the TCR class, Dave Slee took the pole position at the start, but was passed by Brian Szabelski on Lap 7 and the chase was on. It appeared Szabelski had a narrow lead on the penultimate lap, but a slight touch of grass while braking gave the lead and the win to Slee. After a tough start dealing with the MX5 traffic, Jacques Richard finished the race in third completing the podium. The MX5 class was highly competitive, and Kurt Polter annihilated the field with his qualifying lap, but the race would be a different story. Gary Miller, in his first CMS outing, > more

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CMS-TXL GT3s at Twin Ring Motegi

September 25, 2019 - This week's CMS-TXL GT3 Series drivers took on the tough and twisty Twin Ring Motegi GP circuit under the lights. Paul Darling took the pole with a 1:47.528 lap time, beating out Leif Peterson by just over a tenth of a second. Samuel Scott started third overall, taking the top spot in the AM class, and Tyler Holhubner grabbed the Silver class pole, starting 11th. The field took the green as the sun disappeared, and the same story was happening up front as Darling paced away from the rest of the field for a commanding lead and eventually a nearly one minute win over the rest of the field. Behind him, The Pro class battle for second was broken up by D'Oleo who not only won the AM class but also finished in second overall. Kenneth Rodriguez finish in third overall, and second in the > more

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 > more

CMS-TXL GT3 Series at Catalunya GP

September 11, 2019 - After a short break, the CMS-TXL GT3 Series headed to the newest venue available, Catalunya, and a first time series winner. Angel Ledesma took the pole position, and would start out front with Humberto Roca on the front row beside him. Up front, the Pro drivers would mix with the front running AM class drivers for most of the race, and in the end it was a mixed overall podium. Miguel Alcrudo would take his first ever overall race win at CMS with a remarkable pace. Second place overall was also the AM class winner,. Lowesky D'Oleo, who also managed his car and tires throughout the event. Leif Peterson finished in third place overall and second in the Pro class, and Kris Hudson using a different tire strategy would drive back up through the field to take the third podium in the Pro class. The > more

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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. > more

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CMS-TXL GT3 Series at Silverstone

August 21, 2019 – The CMS-TXL GT3 Series took a trip across the pond, taking on the historic (but new layout) Silverstone for the sixth race of the season. Humberto Roca would take the overall pole and lead the field to green, with Marius Valiokas alongside on the front row. > more

CMS-TXL GT3s at Barber

August 7, 2019 – This week, the CMS-TXL GT3 series took on Barber Motorsports Park for the fifth race of the season, marking the halfway point. The 29 car field took the start with Humberto Roca leading the field, followed closely by Victor Tanaka. The AM class was led by Marco Calabi, and Christopher Rines led the Silver class at the start. The 75-minute race took it’s toll on many, as this tight circuit combined with minimal run-offs led to more than a few bent fenders. > more

CMS-TXL MX-5s at Road America

August 3, 2019 – This week’s race headed north to Elkhart Lake, home of Road America, a 4-mile high-speed road course that has both long straights and multiple passing zones. With 21 cars taking the grid, it was Greg Mac who took the pole position, with Samuel Scott alongside on Row 1. Several cars were late to the grid and had to start in back, including Paul Darling in his first appearance in the series. > more

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