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Round 10 of SCCA Eastern Conference bolts from New Jersey Motorsports Park
The SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour Round 10 took the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon from New Jersey Motorsports Park, with drivers battling the hot conditions and sliding around the Thunderbolt Raceway's fast, flowing turns.
Eight race groups, representing 27 classes, completed 22-lap races for full points and contingency prizes toward the season-long Eastern Conference and nation-wide point championships in the SCCA SafeRacer Club Racing program.
Some event highlights from the 12-turn, 2.25-mile circuit:
Group 1: In a repeat from Saturday, Chris Fahan drove his No. 39 Fahan Paving/Hoosier Tire/MAZDASPEED Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda to the overall and Formula Atlantic win, steadily pulling away from the field for a 19.801 second overall win over Alex Mayer to open the day.
Mayer, second overall, dominated the Formula 1000 class in his No. 177 Mayer Motorsports/Autowork JDR F1000, including a track record lap of 1:15.517. Jason Slahor was the silver medalist for the second day in a row behind the wheel of the No. 9 Slahor Racing Van Diemen RF-98.
Group 2: It was survival of the fittest in the big bore group, as attrition cost the group some battles and some drivers wins.
Scott Quaile's No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro was the GT-1 winner win Saturday winner Jack Busch pulled his No. 05 Spectro Oils Ford Mustang to pit lane and out of the race on lap eight.
Randy Kinsland repeated his Saturday GT-2 win in the No. 4 Crossroad Motorsport Chevrolet Corvette with a lap four pass on early leader Jim Boggs' No. 48 Social Security Administration Chevrolet Corvette. Kinsland's turn two pass, set up with a run down the front straight and through turn one, also brought Jim Goughary's No. 46 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z with him, relegating Boggs to the final podium position.
Chad Bacon led early in the No. 18 CB Motorsports/FedEx Toyota Celica, but had Steven Lustig's No. 51 Autosport Auto Group/Luna Sueno Tequila Acura Integra on his tail by lap five after Lustig lowered his existing track record. Coming up the front straight, however, the Acura suddenly couldn't find a gear and power. Lustig pulled off, and Bacon was free to cruise to the win. Even that didn't go to plan, however, as Bacon developed a miss on the final laps.
Bacon caught two significant breaks to hold on for the win, however. James Ashe's No. 22 Spectro Oils Mazda RX-7 was having some problems of his own, but still ran the final lap two seconds faster than Bacon's. That closed the gap to 0.6-second, but the overall GT-1 leader moved around the GT-3 battle just before the finish line to bring out the checkered flag on the entire race, saving Bacon from having to hold off Ashe for one more circuit.
David Sanders had unfortunate contact in his Saturday race to end his day early, but was back and ready for a Touring 1 showdown on Sunday. Sanders' No. 73 Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette chased George Winkler's No. 27 Winkler Automotive Service Center Ford Mustang Boss 302S early, finally moving around him in turn one on lap 12. That lead didn't last long, as Sanders, trying to pass slower traffic in turn four, got into the marbles under braking and slid off the course. Sanders rejoined with Winkler back in front and the No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang of Phoenix Performance teammate Preston Calvert right behind.
Winkler had contact with an American Sedan machine that cut his left rear tire down just after that, however, and pulled to pit lane. That elevated the battle between Sanders and Calvert for the top position. With Calvert in his wheel tracks, Sanders kept his yellow Corvette in front, and scored the win.
After sliding around and hanging on for an American Sedan win on Saturday, Danny Richardson repeated the performance on Sunday in the No. 15 Performance Auto Works/Auto Gear/Hayworth Racing Brakes Chevrolet Camaro. Richardson got pressure early, but ticked off consistent lap times and a track record on lap two on his way to the win.
Group 3: Chuck Moran took the Formula Continental and overall win for the second consecutive day, slowing in the final laps to bring his No. 5 Ski Motorsports Van Diemen RF99 to the finish safely with a big lead.
That slowing nearly allowed Paul Schneider's No. 73 Performance MotorCars of Charlotte/Syvel Images/Dangerous Cargo Formula Enterprises/Ford machine, on its way to a Formula Enterprises win, to catch up. Even so, the win was redemption from Saturday's race for Schneider, who slid off track in the overall battle for the win yesterday and fell to second in class.
Sam Ryan (No. 70 Vicar/EMR/Colours Formula Mazda) and Sherman Chao (No. 3 Lee Racing/Hoosier/GDRE/Hawk Stohr WF-1) swept the weekend in Formula Mazda and Prototype 2, respectively.
Group 4: Fresh off a runner-up finish in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Saturday night from Kansas Speedway, Kurt Rezzetano was at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday morning and starting from the rear of the field in the Touring 2 No. 7 Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang GT.
Rezzetano weaved his way carefully through the slower traffic on the start, and by lap three had found himself with just a pair of other class leaders separating himself from then-leader Mike Geldart's No. 5 Driving4Education/Ford Racing/Hawk/Hoosier/Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang and second-running Preston Calvert's No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang.
Almost without warning, Rezzetano found himself in the lead on lap four, when Calvert, trying to take the lead from Geldart in a Phoenix Racing match-up, moved to the inside in turn one. Side by side, the pair touched, spinning both off track. Both recovered, well behind Rezzetano, and with Geldart stuck in fourth gear soon after, Calvert finished second.
Rob Hines had a better day on Sunday than Saturday, though even that may have changed if the race was 23 laps instead of 22. Hines led the distance in the No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Red Line/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, opening up a gap at the start that left him away from his competition. It was wise strategy by Hines, who, by the end of the race, could see No. 34 Insight Driven Engineering/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Cobalt closing quickly. Hines was in front of Fandozzi by just 0.6-second at the finish, who had to shake the No. 89 Craftsman Motorsports Honda S2000 of Don Himes and the Super Touring Under-winning No. 31 Krugspeed/BGB Esqs Lotus Elise of David Brand early to get to that spot.
Jon Farbman's crew on the radio didn't tell him that the No. 37 Maximum Attack Motorsports Honda Civic of Kirk Knestis quickly approaching was his Super Touring Lite competition. Farbman was looking for his second straight win in the No. 3 Drillmasters Marching Shoes Mazda Miata, and got a small gap early. Knestis slowly closed the gap, and by lap 15 was right on the rear of Farbman.
Knestis tried to surprise Farbman through turn three, which is not a traditional passing zone at New Jersey Motorsports Park. When that move didn't work, Farbman was able to sneak away, and took the weekend sweep.
Travis Washay got away from his B-Spec rivals for the second time, earning the win in the No. 30 Indian Summer Racing/SOLID/Northern Cross Mini Cooper. Tom Aquilante, in the No. 51 Tom Aquilante Racing Chevrolet Camaro, swapped positions from Saturday with Christopher Collins' No. 57 MEATHEAD Racing/COCA/York Automotive Mazda Miata to take Sunday's Touring 4 win.
Group 5: Saturday's Spec Racer Ford race was a team effort at the start, with Robert Reed's No. 03 IceRace.com Spec Racer Ford pushing Thomas Riley's No. 11 TRAC Consulting Spec Racer Ford around polesitter Bruce Myers at the start and leaving him to fight for his eventual win. On Sunday, Myers foiled that plan, getting the jump at the start and sneaking away from the field for the win in the No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry Spec Racer Ford.
Myers led flag-to-flag, leaving the battle for the final podium spots. A spin by Riley opened Myers' gap even more, and Jeffrey Lehner's No. 77 Johnstown Auto Parts machine opened up a gap for second. Reed was having none of that, however, and chased Lehner back down, moving to second on lap 11.
For the next several laps, the pair went side by side in most corners and down the straight, leaning on each other and neither giving an inch. Lehner was able to break free, however, and take the runner-up, while his fellow winter ice racer finished third.
Group 6: Like the day prior, Ross Devoe checked out in Formula F, driving his No. 14 RED Racing Van Diemen to the overall win and a sweep of the weekend.
After staying up until midnight with the help of family and friends to repair the broken axle that ended his Saturday, Jay Beckley's No. 60 Frenzita Racing QRE Invader QC-1 held together and let him drive away to a win in Formula 500.
Devoe was kind enough to stay behind the Formula Vee battle to the finish, where the No. 77 ARS Inc./VeeSport Racing/AutoWerks VDF-2 of Richard Shields and the No. 72 AutoWerks/Hoosier Tire Mysterian M-2 of Roger Siebenaler were locked in a race-long battle.
Siebenaler and Shields swapped positions, with Shields leading as late as lap 19 of the 21 the Formula Vee leaders would complete. With one to go, Siebenaler moved back in front in turn one, and then held on to the finish for the win.
Group 7: Tyler Kicera kept the pressure on Elivan Goulart's No. 70 S.A.C Racing/SCDA1.com/Hoosier Mazda Miata for the full distance, but couldn't find his way around the veteran driver in Spec Miata for the win.
Kicera's No. 44 Kicera Motorsports Mazda Miata was in the wheel tracks of Goulart's machine for 22 laps as the two were alone once Yiannis Tsiounis' No. 69 Yushino Mazda Miata pulled to pit lane on lap 13.
Goulart used traffic to create space going into turn four on the final lap, and then Kicera used a desperation effort to close the gap through turn eight. That failed and Kicera ran wide, leading to the very misleading 2.492-second margin of victory.
Behind the leaders, Forrest Landy looked for every opportunity to get his No. 94 Excitations.com/Hooverspeed Miata around John Wechsler's No. 28 Kessler Engineering/PovoledoTrackDays.com Miata for third, but Wechsler held on for the final podium position.
Group 8: The final group of the weekend featured two repeat winners, and two new winners, all in races decided by more than 15 seconds.
In repeats, Chris Dryden took the overall win in E Production piloting the No. 02 PayPal/Carbotech/Team JBS BMW Z3, while Tom Broring followed suit in H Production in the No. 9 Blue Crab Racing/Mountjoy's Auto Shop Triumph Spitfire.
Bobby Lentz recovered from an early spin in the No. 60 FGR/Hoosier Nissan Sentra on Saturday to take the win on Sunday in GT-Lite. Lentz steadily pulled away from Kyle Disque's No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel until the finish.
Patrick Crider finished a difficult mechanical weekend with a strong finish and a win, putting the No. 89 Hoosier Tire/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Carbotech/Summit Racing Mazda Miata on the top of the box.
The U.S. Majors Tour continues in one week in the Northern Conference with the Chicago Region WeatherTech June Sprints at Road America. The Eastern Conference returns to action at Watkins Glen International with Rounds 11 and 12 of 14, July 4-6, with the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super tour.
More information on the U.S. Majors Tour, including results from New Jersey Motorsports Park, can be found at SCCAMajors.com.
Provisional race winners for Sunday's Eastern Conference Round Ten Majors Tour Race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.
American Sedan: Daniel Richardson, Derwood, Md., Chevrolet Camaro
B-Spec: Travis Washay, Milford, Conn., Mini Cooper
E Production: Chris Dryden, New Freedom, Pa., BMW Z3
F Production: Patrick Crider, Leesburg, Va., Mazda Miata
H Production: Tom Broring, Derwood, Md., Triumph Spitfire
Formula 500: Jay Beckley, Marlton, N.J., QRE Invader QC-1
Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR F1000
Formula Atlantic: Chris Fahan, Redding, Conn., Swift 016/Mazda
Formula Continental: Chuck Moran, Oakton, Va., Van Diemen RF99
Formula Enterprises: Paul Schneider, Charlotte, N.C., Formula Enterprises/Ford
Formula F: Ross Devoe, Middletown, N.J., Van Diemen
Formula Vee: Roger Siebenaler, North Hero, Vt., Mysterian M-2/Volkswagen
Formula Mazda: Sam Ryan, White Haven, Pa., Formula Mazda
GT-1: Scott Quaile, Copake Falls, N.Y., Chevrolet Camaro
GT-2: Randy Kinsland, Whittier, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette
GT-3: Chad Bacon, Kingsport, Tenn., Toyota Celica
GT-Lite: Robert Lentz II, Chantilly, Va., Nissan Sentra
Prototype 2: Sherman Chao, Palm Beach, Fla., Stohr WF-1
Spec Miata: Elivan Goulart, Shelton, Conn., Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford: Bruce Myers, Greenland, N.H., Spec Racer Ford
Super Touring Lite: John Farbman, Greenwich, N.Y., Mazda Miata
Super Touring Under: David Brand, Muttontown, N.Y., Lotus Elise
Touring 1: David Sanders, Exton, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette
Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano, Phoenixville, Pa., Ford Mustang GT
Touring 3: Kevin Fandozzi, Conshohocken, Pa., Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Touring 4: Tom Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro
Image: Elivan Goulart led Tyler Kicera in the Spec Miata race on Sunday.
Credit: SCCA Images
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