The weather wasn’t the only rough aspect to this weekend of racing. Quite a few incidents and lots of double yellows were seen. Regardless, 5 drivers managed to find the speed and claim new track records. Congratulations to them!
Group 1 was our GT and Touring cars. Zach Kelly claimed victories in race 1 and 3, with Murat Mark Ketenci taking the checker first in race 2 over Zach by a mere 1.2 seconds.
Group 2 was our CRE students. Many of the participants were first-timers and a couple of repeaters. The novice drivers did a fantastic job during practice/qualifying, and had a successful race in the afternoon. Many thanks to CRE classroom and on-track instructors John Santos and Mike Ruggiero.
Group 3 was our fabulous FV group. Once again, it cannot be said enough how generous this group is. Thank you from everyone for giving so much. Now, for the racing, it was a class of 22, that Michael Hinkle managed to sit atop across all 3 races. John Petillo took 2nd in race 1 when Gerard Owen Callaghan only completed 9 laps. But Gerard was right back out there for the final sessions and swept the 2nd step on the podium for 2 and 3. Chase Johnson swept the third place spot for races 1, 2, 3.
Group 4 brought out the smaller touring and IT cars. Another well-represented class of 22, Justin Brigandi swept T3, Raymond Blethen swept T4, Ken Payson swept ITS, and J.C. Ogle swept SM2.
Group 5 was our least-subscribed group with just 8 wings and things entering the course. Todd Parks left the field behind in his P1, leaving Craig Chase and Gary Vizioli to alternate wins in SRFx. Richard Johnson Jr brought his F6, being one of those to claim a new track record.
Group 6 was the largest field, with 40 entries. Alexander Cunningham took races 1 and 2 in SM, and DNS during race 3, so Michael Tosi won that. For B-Spec, Ryan Soucy won on Saturday. Steve Introne joined the pack for Sunday only races, then took both Sunday wins. Unfortunately, B-Spec driver Milos Milivojevic took a scary wreck into the catch-fence during Sunday’s first race. Thankfully, he was fine, even though his car was not. Michael Lavigne won all 3 races in IT7.
Group 7 brought out the SRFs and production cars. Steve Owens swept SRF3, Tim Ginalsk swept SRF and Thomas McGinn swept SE30. Nicholas Sealey won race 1 and 2 for EP, with no winner in race 3, as he and Greg Amy, the only other EP driver, both DNF.
Group 8 was the OWDE with ten participants. Always love seeing new drivers and experienced drivers getting together for some fun on the track.