SCCA Club Racing drivers dodged severe weather Saturday in the first-half of the North Carolina Region SCCA Oak Tree Double National race weekend, the precursor to Sunday's BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour races at VIRginia International Raceway.
Shortly after the finish of race group two, featuring Touring 2, Touring 3 and Spec Miata, the skies opened up for an hour of heavy rain and wind. The area was under a tornado warning, forcing participants, workers and spectators alike indoors to seek shelter. After a one-hour, 15-minute delay, competition resumed on a wet track for Spec Racer Ford's Race Group Three. Group Four, for small formula cars, started with a slightly damp track, which was dry by the end.
Highlights on the day included last-lap passes for class wins by Lewis Cooper III, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., in Formula F over William Valet, of Holbrook, N.Y. Valet started at the back of the field, but worked his way to the lead before Cooper passed him for the win at the finish line in his Martini/Voss Water Van Diemen. In the same Group Four race, early leader Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., re-took the lead on the final lap with his Goodyear/Butler Engines/Valvoline Racer's Wedge SB-1 from Daniel Oseth, of Sterling, Va.
Likewise, in the final race of the day, Jeff Dernehl, of Roswell, Ga., passed polesitter Chad Bacon, of Kingsport, Tenn., on the final lap after a race-long battle to take the GT-3 win in his Roswell Outback Auto/RRE/Hoosier Mazda RX-7.
Final qualifying for Sunday's BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour races is set for Sunday morning. Live timing and race notes are available at www.scca.com/sccalive.
ALTON, Va. - Class winners from Saturday's SCCA Club Racing Oak Tree National race, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, held at VIRginia International Raceway with class, driver, hometown and car.
American Sedan, John Heinricy, Holly, Mich., Pontiac Firebird
C Sports Racing, Jim Downing, Atlanta, Ga., Peach Mazda
D Sports Racing, Lawrence Loshak, Fox Point, Wis., Stohr WF1
E Production, Greg Ira, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Datsun 240Z
F Production, Donald Kraftson, New York, N.Y., Elva Courier
Formula 1000, Glenn Cooper, Roswell, Ga., RFR F1000
Formula 500, Michael Brent, Bethel, Conn., Invader QC-1
Formula Atlantic, Keith Grant, Germantown, Tenn., Swift 014a
Formula Continental, Revere Greist, Madison, Wis., Van Diemen DP07
Formula Enterprises, Paul Schneider, Charlotte, N.C., Formula Enterprises
Formula F, Lewis Cooper III, Grosse Pointe, Mich., Van Diemen RF00
Formula Mazda, Robert Noell, Cary, N.C., Star Formula Mazda
Formula Vee, Stevan Davis, Danielsville, Ga., Racers Wedge SB-1
GT-1, Simon Gregg, Pointe Verda, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette
GT-2, Jim Goughary, Houston, Texas, Nissan 350Z
GT-3, Jeff Dernehl, Roswell, Ga., Mazda RX-7
GT-Lite, Bobby Lentz, Chantilly, Va., Nissan Sentra SE-R
H Production, Ron Bartell, Madbury, N.H., MG Midget
Showroom Stock B, Tim Myers, Atlanta, Ga., Ford Mustang
Showroom Stock C, Mark McCaughey, Sarasota, Fla., Toyota Celica GTS
Spec Miata, Steven Gorriaran, Providence, R.I., Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford, Scott Rettich, Camden, Ohio, SCCA Spec Racer Ford
Super Touring O, Jerry Onks, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Chevrolet Corvette
Super Touring U, Joel Weinberger, Hinsdale, Ill., Audi A4
Touring 1, Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette
Touring 2, Don Knowles, Pittsboro, N.C., Ford Mustang
Touring 3, Bill Steinhoff, Plantation, Fla., Nissan 350Z
Image: Revere Greist en route to the FC win courtesy of Photo Gifts Galore.