Story by Matthew Overton, Photo Credits by Jerry Chen and Daniel Kirby
Another full week of racing as all three series were in action with some strong individual performances standing out from the crowd.
It was the Trembling Mountain circuit for the historic Datsun 510s as the MNRL took on this re-creation of the iconic Quebec track for two sprint races.
Jason Whited showed the greatest affinity for this twisting circuit, powering his car to the front in both races and chalking up two big wins as a result. Whether starting from the front in R1 or driving through the field after a reverse grid start in R2, he was the master of the circuit for this race meeting. The remaining podium places were hotly contested with multiple changes in each race, resulting in Gilles Lalonde and Joe Miller rounded out the podium in R1 while it was Eduardo Beninca and Matthew Overton in R2.
After 6 race meetings, it’s Whited on top(274), with a slim lead over Beninca (268) and then Lalonde (247). In the Seniors competition, it’s Steve Carman (165) over Jerry Hamilton (128) and Bob Roberson (122).
Both NARS and the VWSC took the Hypercars and the GTs to Spa-Francorchamps for an hour each in the hills of beautiful Belgium.
For NARS, it was HC driver Dan Kirby who topped the qualifying sheet in his Mercedes AMG One at 1:58.349, with HC AM driver Troy Uyan setting a 1:59.994 in a Bugatti Bolide to top his class. The best GT time was set by Chris Bruno in his Bentley Continental at 2:16.008 clear of the top GT AM qualifier, Paul Ibbotson’s Lamborghini Huracan at 2:19.000.
28 cars took the green for 60 minutes of tense action as the drivers worked to find the right time/place on track to pass when both Hypercars and GTs found themselves in packs throughout the race. Eau Rouge was the scene of many a shattered dream, so too the bus stop chicane as drivers jostled to get perfect drivers out of the final corner.
At the checkered flag, it was Jon Uyan in his Bugatti Bolide executing a perfect strategy to get himself to the front after the pit cycle and the fend off the challenges of both Brian Hall’s Lamborghini SCV12 and then Kirby to take the win. Bookending the Hypercar class was his team mate Troy Uyan, who took the AM win, 50s ahead of his closest challenger, Jerry Chen.
The GT result was a close-run affair, with the GT leader, Chris Bruno, suffering a penalty on the last lap and anxiously watching the post race announcements to see if his automatic time penalty, since he could not serve the drive through, would erase his lead over the Acura NSX of George Angelidis. Huge sigh of relief when it turned out he had 5s in hand after the penalty, securing his win. In the GT AM, it was Barry Dimarzo storming through the field in his BMW M6, to finish 25s clear of his closest challenger, Stuart Barge in another Acura NSX.
After 4 events, the top of the individual and team standings are as follows:
HC HC AM HC Teams
Daniel Kirby 82 Troy Uyan 75 Champion Motorsports 133
Jon Uyan 58 Jerry Chen 56 Hall Brothers Racing 90
JT Tami 57 Lanny Hall 55 Flying Kiwi Racing 75
GT GT AM GT Teams
Eduardo Beninca 75 Paul Ibbotson 69 HPD 85
George Angelidis 67 Tom DiLibero 57 VICE Racing 76
James Walker 57 Erik Jacobs 50 JB Motorsports 68
2 days later, 37 drivers returned to Spa to contest the VWSC fixture, with Kirby and Jon Uyan picking up where they left off by taking the two top qualifying positions for the Hypercars. Ross Smith, showing some great form, claimed the Hypercar AM pole over a very tight field. Brandon Gant took the GT pole in his Nissan GT-R while Tom Lane took the GT AM top position just behind him in his Ford Mustang.
While the race was hotly contested throughout the field, in Hypercar, Kirby was able to ‘stretch his legs’ after the pit cycle to take the win comfortably from Uyan with a 20s buffer. In Hypercar AM, the second half of the race turned into a battle between Ross and FKR team mates Matthew Overton and Jerry Chen in their Lamborghini SCV12s, the three cars within 5s of each other as they negotiated the GT traffic. It was Ross that prevailed for the win in what turned out to be the closest racing of the day.
For the GTs, again with some close racing throughout the entire class, Gant turned his pole position into the GT win however it was Jamie Zolecki in his Aston Martin Vantage that was able to take the GT AM win by 30s over the class polesitter Lane.
With 5 events now complete, the individual and team standings are as follows:
HC HC Team
Jon Uyan 90 CMS PRO 185
Wouter de Bruijn 78 Storm Rider Racing 88
Daniel Kirby 65 Rookie Monsters 78
HC AM HC AM Team
Jerry Chen 90 Flying Kiwi Racing 138
Eric Moinet 84 Storm Rider n00n 114
Ross Smith 77 Ecurie Mistral 84
GT GT Team
George Angelidis 76 HPD 127
Brandon Gant 72 SRA 72
Cameron Barker 62 SMR Corkscrew 67
GT AM GT AM Team
Tom Lane 90 Trash Panda Racing 146
Matt Buice 84 Manta Squid GT 105
Jamie Zolecki 77 Stardust Autosports 46
All three races were steamed, with commentary for the VWSC event by Troy Uyan! You can watch the three races on the CMS Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Kdp07PvIeW47f0_sM0emw.
This coming week, there is only one race on the schedule as NARS heads to Long Beach with the Hypercars and GTs for a race delayed from earlier this month.