Just like the autocrossers faced a delayed start due to weather, the road racing teams also spent the first two hours of Saturday morning waiting out the rain and lightning before on track competition could begin. This delay forced the stewards to re-work the day’s schedule as well, leaving all the groups with a much shortened morning qualifying session.
Unfortunately, the weather delay was almost a harbinger of the racing frustrations for the rest of the weekend. There were way too many on course incidents and track carnage for anyone’s liking. Racers always prefer when everyone takes the checker after a hard and clean race. The emergency and track crews worked all weekend pulling vehicles stuck on track and cleaning up after incidents.
Despite all that, there was still plenty of competitive racing. Three drivers set new track records. Congratulations to:
FS – #45 Kjell Tollefsen – 1:09.742
T1 – #00 Miguel Aponte-Rios – 1:09.093
T3 – #38 Darius Trinka – 1:13.399
Lastly, how often can you see 34 Formula Vee’s on track together at NHMS!?! Not often, but we did this weekend as part of the FV tribute to Paul Faford. It was a heartfelt showing by the FV drivers to honor one of their own, including a Missing Man formation on the pace lap for the Sunday afternoon race.
NHMS Club Racing Experience
We had another great Club Racing Experience (CRE) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend. A great group of drivers, one a licensed competitor (David Gott) running with his sister Becky Mallory, and others (Lincoln Young, Mike Ruggiero, Tim Ginalski, and Thomas Rohifs) having varying W2W racing experience from some to none! All did well driving on track with others, said they had lots of fun, gained valuable in-class education and on-track experience!
Big thanks go out to all our licensed drivers who volunteered their time plus fuel, tires and brakes driving on track with the CRE participants; we really appreciate Miguel Aponte Rios, Bob Demers, Serge Lentz, Michael Saia, and JB Swan stepping up to help, apologies if we have overlooked anyone. James Ray was Chief Instructor for the weekend with support from Peter Morrison on day two.