237 SCCA Drivers Tackle Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Battles throughout the day for race wins were the norm on Sunday during the BFGoodrich Tires Mid-Ohio Super Tour, Round Four of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Eight race groups, featuring 237 drivers, ran on Sunday for 19 laps each on the 14-turn, 2.4-mile circuit. The races count for points in the season long Northern Conference Majors Championship.
For the second consecutive day, Scott Rettich showed no mercy in leaving the Spec Racer Ford field behind on his home track.
Rettich turned laps in his No. 17 Alliance Autosport/Springboro Car Wash Spec Racer Ford two seconds quicker than the rest of the field in the spec class. At the finish, Rettich was 24.887-seconds ahead of Adam Gottlieb’s No. 7 Flat Black Racing machine.
On Saturday, Spec Miata followed up Spec Racer Ford with another runaway win, but when Jim Drago’s No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata pulled off track on the pace lap with a broken axle, the race suddenly was opened back up again.
Voytek Burdzy used that to his advantage, moving his No. 41 Advanced Autosports Miata to the lead on the opening laps. Saturday’s third-place finisher Jonathan Davis, jumped the No. 16 machine to the front under braking at the end of the back straight to move around Burdzy.
A swarm of Spec Miatas chased Davis, who kept pulling away through the mid-point of the race. As the laps wound down, Burdzy closed back to the rear of Davis, but never found a way around. The win was Davis’s first Majors victory.
Tim Kautz’ No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier Piper DF3D/Honda and Jeremy Grenier’s No. 12 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier Citation Formula F were nearly identical on Saturday, with Kautz crossing the finish line just in front for the win. On Sunday, the situation reversed, with the hard fought, evenly matched battle going to Grenier.
It took some time, but Grenier finally moved around Kautz for the first time on lap 15. Once he found clear track, Grenier stretched the advantage, and took the checkered flag.
For the first time this season in Northern Conference competition, Michael Varacins had close competition in Formula Vee. Varacins moved his No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5 around Gary Blanarik’s No. 3 Sewickley Car Store/Silver Bullet/Hoosier Silver Bullet on lap eight, but couldn’t shake the challenger for several laps. Finally, with time winding down, Varacins got a bit of breathing room and held on for the win.
Calvin Stewart’s 600cc No. 07 Novakar Nova walked away with the Formula 500 class victory.
In a carbon copy of Saturday’s race, John Buttermore stalked the early stages of the Touring 2 race before taking the lead and edging away for the win in the No. Hoosier/Carbotech/Stoptech Chevrolet Corvette.
Andrew Longe ran away at the start on sticker Michelins to set a hot early pace in the No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche GT3. Unfortunately for him, that early pace was unsustainable. Right at the halfway point, Buttermore moved around the front-runner and took control.
While the B-Spec class may not be as fast, the action was just as hot. John Heinricy led early in the No. 37 Matick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic, but Brian Audet’s No. 35 Urban East Racing Mini Cooper had a target on the Chevy. Audet found his way around Heinricy on lap 13, but when Heinricy went back past just a couple of laps later, Audet ran off track trying to keep up. The excursion left Heinricy to the win, with Audet hanging on for second.
Drago’s tough luck nearly continued in the Super Touring Lite race. After he built a significant lead in the No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata, Drago made contact with an unaware car he was lapping, and then experienced a misfire in the engine for the final six laps. Though it was fading quickly, Drago had enough of a cushion to stay in front for the win.