Before we get to the highlights of the Palmer regatta, we’d recommend signing up for Thompson (Friday/Saturday, July 15-16) immediately: Thompson Registration Page. Official registration for Canaan (Saturday/Sunday, June 25-26) is already closed and may be sold out. If you hope to stay in the hunt but haven’t signed-up please contact the COM registrar ASAP to request a late signup at email@example.com
Palmer was dry, and then wet, and then flooded. Many attempted to ford the river, but some didn’t make it. Everyone in the paddock got a free car wash. Check out the highlights, including cars and boats alike:
Super Unlimited – Mark Stellato made his 2016 debut in the Focus, taking the win over the a pair of Loti driven by Bruce Allen (2nd) and Dan D’Arcy (3rd). All had wet weather, but D’Arcy also had pool floaties for tires.
Super A – Tom Greer ran alone in Super A to get his 2nd win of the year. A win is a win, but I think we all want to see Tom’s monster Porsche rip it up on a dry track.
Super B – A big showing in Super B saw the return of a number of familiar faces, each enjoying one of the dry time trials. Jake Wile’s 1:49.0 just edged out Daniel Preston’s 1:49.1 for the win. Andrew Berlow (3rd) was also in the :49s, just ahead of Bob BBQ Brooks (4th), to secure a podium finish.
Super C – Good deeds never go unpunished. Volunteer Chris Parsons scheduled himself to go out in the rain allowing Peter Fontana to rip it up in the dry. Fontana has now earned back-to-back FTDs and Super C lap records with a 1:46.2. Crazy conditions or not, we haven’t seen back-to-back FTDs since Bruce Allen did it in 2012.
Super D – Greg Hosselbarth is back on top of Super D, finishing ahead of Rebecca Harvey (2nd) in the dry with a 1:52.
T100 – Bob Cairns and Laura Fleming sailed around in the worst of the conditions, with Bob going just a tick crazier than Laura to get the win.
T90 – Stephen Tise Jr. had an unlucky spin and DQ, likely caused by strong currents at Turn 2…I’m not joking. Jon Harris took advantage, keeping his car straight and picking up his first COMSCC Time Trial win.
T80 – Nick Fontana was the only one on wet tires, picking up his first win of 2016. Vic Larin (2nd) put on an impressive performance on street tires in the worst of conditions, finishing ahead of Marc Epstein’s (3rd) Boss Mustang.
T70 – James Ray III (1st) has opened up 2016 with consecutive podiums, picking up his first COMSCC TT win. He finished ahead of Nelson Barros (2nd, first COMSCC podium) in his e36 with Jon Cowen (3rd) rounding out the podium. Again, T70 should be a fun class to watch all year.
T60 – Jason Ganette snuck into a dry TT, picking up a win in his first ever COMSCC TT. Troy Velazquez (2nd) stayed ahead of everyone else putting in a great drive in the rain with Molly Lemoine (3rd, first COMSCC podium) finishing just ahead of roommate Dave Lemoine (4th) to get onto the podium.
T50 – Jeff Wasilko enjoyed another dry track and another T50 win, laying down a 1:51 and picking up the Most Consistent Award (3 laps separated by 3 tenths total). Jeff Baker (2nd) got stuck in the rain at NHMS-1, but he got a dry track at Palmer along with his first podium since 2013, finishing ahead of Matt LeBlanc (3rd).
T40 – Scott Rosnick returns to the top with a 1:54 and T40 win with Tom Cannon (2nd, best finish since ST3 days in 2012) right on his heels with a 1:55. Julie Wasilko (3rd) is back on the podium with her best finish since 2014. Can someone call Derek Tangard’s mom and see if he can come out and play with us this year?
T30 – Stephen Hosker and Peter Perrault went head-to-head with Hosker picking up his 2nd win to get a great start to 2016.
Updated Track Records: http://www.comscc.
2016 is just getting started and should heat up with back-to-back events in the next 5 weeks at Canaan and Thompson. Again, if you haven’t signed-up yet, you are already well behind the 8-ball. See you at Canaan!