Busy Day Of Racing For SCCA At Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio – The 2013 BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour from Mid-Ohio came to a close Sunday, with 28 class races serving as Round Four of the U.S. Majors Tour Northern Conference.
Following Saturday’s long delay for track barrier repair, final qualifying for the seven race groups was cancelled, and grids were set based on the fastest time from Friday afternoon’s qualifying session or Saturday’s race. Sunday’s race schedule ran smoothly, and despite threatening clouds, was dry all day.
After leading flag-to-flag in Race Group One on Saturday, polesitter Eric Heinrich got away slowly from the green on Sunday and Charles Tobel made a big move from third overall to the lead in his Super Touring Under class No. 14 Discount Tire/Novi Wall Co. Pontiac Solstice. Heinrich’s race ended by Turn Three, where his No. 10 BFGoodrich Tires/2002racing.com/Pagid BMW E30 M3 spun, and collected Ron Pawley’s No. 04 J Pawley Toyota/Scion Lexus IS300.
Tobel led Raymond Huffmaster for the opening 12 laps before his car went off song and Huffmaster’s No. 17 Huffmaster Security/Hoosier Pontiac Solstice moved to the front, where he would remain to take the overall and class win. As on Saturday, Touring 3 was a nose-to-tail battle between Chad Gilsinger and Kevin Boem. Gilsinger kept his No. 07 BFG/HPD/H&R/Recaro/BRM Acura TL SH-AWD out front the entire way to take his second win of the weekend, but it was Boehm that set the new Touring 3 class track record, with a 1:39.301 in the No. 95 BFGoodrich/Honda Performance Honda S2000 CR.
Andrew Salzano finished second to John Schmitt in Super Touring Lite on Saturday, but got the win on Sunday in his No. 25 HART/BFGoodrich/HPD Honda Civic Si. Salzano took the lead after early leader Schmitt got loose in the Esses. In Touring 4, it was a repeat of Saturday’s race, where Michael Scornavacchi got out front early in his No. 24 Hoosier/Phoenix/Carbotech Pontiac Solstice, but Greg Vandersluis took the lead on lap 16 with his No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich/Ford Racing Ford Mustang and won the race.
Compared to Saturday’s drama-filled run, GT-1 was a veritable walk in the park for Tom Smith and his No. 62 USA Metal Recycling Chevrolet Camaro, who led flag-to-flag to take the overall Group Three win. Trent Hindman, who won overall Saturday in his GT-2 No. 41 Cirocco & Ozzimo/DFL Interiors Porsche 911 Cup, came from behind to pass early class leader Steve Jenkins’ No. 28 HAMMER Nutrition/BRM/Fall-Line Porsche 911 Cup and record the win. Jenkins was busy fending off Joe Koenig’s No. 70 DrywallArt.com/Hoosier Tire BMW M3 and the No. 4 #stuffshootersays Porsche 911 Cup of John Kachadurian for the remainder of the race, and they finished in that order to complete the top four.
Tim Myers Jr. (No. 33 BFG/Cbeyond Cloud/Carbotech Porsche 996) took his second-straight Touring 1 win, as did Aaron Quine, in his Touring 2 No. 97 Hutter Performance/Stupid Fast Tires Chevrolet Corvette, and Michael Cyphert (No. 76 Toyota Motorsports/TRD/RedLine Toyota Celica) in GT-3.
After retiring with a mechanical problem Saturday, defending National Champion Edward Hosni captured American Sedan in his No. 17 Lasco Ford/Hoosier Tire/Steeda Ford Mustang, passing early leader Dane Smith’s No. 26 USA Metal Recycling Chevrolet Camaro on the outside of Turn Seven, earning a GoPro HERO3 for the GoPro “Hero Move of the Weekend.”
Spec Miata again put on a great show for spectators and racers alike in Group Four. Polesitter Jason Knuteson led from the start in his No. 05 East Street Auto/Mitchell Racing Mazda Miata with a train of 15 similar cars in tow for the first 10 laps. On lap 16, Knuteson spun in Turn One, promoting Erik Stearns, who was never far behind in his No. 97 Miata.