After Qualifying finally began after the late start on Saturday, the drivers took to the course that afternoon for the first of three races. Sunday morning’s qualifying races were in much of the same weather. Due to on-track events and the poor weather, the decision was made at lunch by the stewards to shorten the Sunday afternoon races. Instead of 20 minute races, each group would compete for just 15 minutes. The groups were delayed slightly longer after Group 1’s race was halted due to a full-course black flag.
For most of the races, the drivers were stuck in the wet/dry tire dilemma everyone hates. Part of the track is wet, but there are also dry spots. Which set-up do they choose? The SRF drivers hemmed and hawed through the first three races trying to make the call as the weather cleared, then started to spit, then cleared again. In the end, Steve Owens, in the yellow and black #00 SRF3 was the only driver that rolled the dice and showed up on the grid with dry tires, while the rest of the field were sporting rains. He was about 30 minutes too early. The track was just wet enough to for the rain tires to hold and secure a lead. His dry tires kicked in with just 5 minutes to go, but not enough time to re-catch the leaders.
Four drivers (3 Miata & 1 MGB) joined us for the Club Racing Experience (CRE) over this weekend. Huge thanks go out to the instructors Peter Morrison and James Ray. We also want to thank the IT7 drivers JB Swan, Dick Patullo, and Anthony Parker for mixing it up during both sessions (lead/follow, passing and getting passed) with the CRE participants.
New Track Records
Two drivers came out to play this weekend and kicked off their NERRC seasons with a bang by setting new track records. Congratulations to Miguel Aponte-Rios in his #00 T1 BMW M3. Miguel and Glenn Kurkjian, in his #93 Corvette, traded wins back and forth over the weekend, with Miguel taking the final win Sunday afternoon along with the new fastest lap.
Jared Lendrum brought his #68 Subaru Impreza WRX to play. He hit the track in Group 3, the largest of the weekend with 34 cars, battling it out with all the SM drivers. While he won his class for all three races, it was Saturday afternoon where he set a new track record.