Busy Day Of Racing At GingerMan
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. – After light rains on Saturday dampened the track and storms soaked the facilities overnight, the sunshine and warmer temperatures brought lots of speed on Sunday at GingerMan Raceway, with a handful of track records falling early in the day for Round Eight of the Northern Conference Majors Tour.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes were divided into seven race groups for 21-lap races on Sunday.
Group 1: A track record of 1:40.101 put Joe Moser’s No. 63 Hoosier/King Motorsports/Moser Racing Honda Prelude in control of the overall and E Production race on his way to a weekend sweep to open the day on Sunday. Lawrence Loshak, driving the H Production No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX, and John Heinricy, in the No. 37 Matlick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic, followed suit in their H Production and B-Spec classes, respectively.
After both he and his father, Joe Walker, failed to make the finish on Saturday, John Walker took his No. 9 Walker Racing MG B to Saturday winner Michael Sturm’s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata early on. Sturm led at the beginning, but Walker slipped his MG around the Miata on lap eight. From there, Walker kept Sturm behind him and took the win.
Group 2: When Fabio Castellani’s No. 97 Hoosier/ABRO/Pro-One Swift 014/Toyota pulled off course and out of the Formula Atlantic and overall lead on lap eight, it opened a door for Charles Duncan’s No. 98 Circle D Racing Swift 016/Mazda to shake free of the No. 53 Campbell Ford Lincoln, Inc. Swift 014/Toyota of Doug Campbell and move to the lead.
Duncan’s challenge is with his own car, as an intermittent transmission issue has often plagued him in the opening stages of the session. That caused him to lose touch of Castellani early, relegating him to second place prior to the then-leader’s mechanical issues.
Ralph Provitz battled with the Atlantic leaders for the overall lead, finally settling for second overall and a Prototype 1 win in the No. 38 V2 Motorsports/George Dean Racing Staudacher S08. Tyler Thielmann was mixed up, at times, in that overall battle on his way to a weekend sweep in the No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012. Richard Colburn was the class of the Prototype 2 field all weekend, sweeping both races from the pole in the No. 9 Amari Metals NosTendo 2, while Scott Rettich did likewise in Formula Enterprises driving the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Formula Enterprises/Ford.