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, swapped the lead with Polter through the first half of the race, but in the end Polter would stretch his lead and take the class win. Miller would go on to finish second, with Ken Rodriguez hot on his bumper taking third place in class.
The official series begins on February 12th with a 30 minute race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.