SCCA Action Continues In Florida
JUPITER, Fla. – Round four of the SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour saw flag-to-flag action under warm, sunny skies at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway on Sunday.
Less than two weeks into the new, many drivers are already halfway to their best eight finishes used to score Conference Championships.
Sunday’s seven race groups featured 25-lap races around the 11-turn, 2.034-mile circuit. In all, 196 entrants participated in the weekend.
Dominating for the second consecutive day and moving into a draw in the Formula Continental point race was Robert Allaer in the No. 52 LTD Motorsports Van Diemen RF00/Ford. Allaer joined James Goughary’s Formula F No. 72 Van Diemen RF-00/Honda and Russell Strate’s Formula 500 QRE/Hoosier Rocketech R2 in weekend sweeps.
Donnie Isley swept Formula Vee in the same group, but his psychedelic decaled No. 30 Agitator by Brookshire Agitator 016/Volkswagen didn’t move into the lead until the final series of corners. Isley rode behind the similarly painted No. 22 Protoform P2 of Laura Hayes until the last corner, using the draft down the backstretch and popping to the inside under braking to take the lead. Isley held a slim gap to the finish to win by just 0.126-second.
Andrew Longe drove his No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 997 to an early lead in T2, and then used traffic mid-race to help stretch his advantage on the way to a second-consecutive win. Rob May earned his weekend sweep in the No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 with a mirror full of Ricardo Flores’ No. 10 Gary Yeomans Ford Ford Mustang for the last half of the race. May didn’t flinch, even through traffic, and took the checkered flag.
Andrew Charbonneau’s No. 69 Ford Mustang swept T4, and Glen Bocchino (No. 12 Team I-Moto MAZDA3) and Cliff Ira (No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra) matched that in Super Touring Under and Super Touring Lite, respectively.
Both Simon Gregg’s GT-1 No. 59 Gregg Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette and Chad Bacon’s GT-3 No. 18 CB Motorsports Toyota Celica raced away for weekend sweeps, while Randy Kinsland earned a GT-2 win that he was robbed of through incidental contact and a flat tire on Saturday in the No. 4 Crossroad Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.
In Touring 1, Joe Aquilante’s black No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette chased the bright red No. 77 Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette of Saturday race winner Preston Calvert through the early stages of the race, closing the gap through traffic and making a bold move entering turn four on lap 20 to gain the lead. Once in front, Aquilante edged ahead with quicker lap times to the top step of the podium.
Cliff White continued his run of dominating Spec Racer Ford performances to open the season. White ran unchallenged to a 9.473 second margin of victory in the No. 58 Cottage Senior Living SRF for his fourth win of the young season.