COM will be one of the first clubs to hold a full school and competition event at the newly-expanded Canaan Motor Club on Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th. Late last year the track was exapanded to 1.4 miles. This is a great track and will keep you busy and engaged the whole way around! Check out the video below of Dave Lemoine’s lap around the track from our test day in April.
With a test day at Canaan and our first competitive event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the books, 2016 is now underway! But before we get to the highlights, you should know that the first event was sold out across the board – if you want a shot at getting into Palmer (Sat/Sun June 4/5), you need to register ASAP: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/pa … zCEmvkrKUl. I hear that Palmer is cleaner, curbier, and better than last year…with new garages, too.
Puddles and sunshine. The 2016 Time Trial opener saw some of the wackiest weather in memory – event volunteers and competitors alike were trying to make sense of the radar all afternoon. The on-again-off-again day reminded me of this classic scene:
In the end we saw some mixed-up results…check out the highlights below:
Super Unlimited – 2015 SU Champion Dan Darcy and 1989 Driver Champion Bruce Allen went heads-up in their respective Loti in COMSCC’s no rules class. Dan ended up getting stuck in the rain with Bruce laying down a low-1:22 for the win. We look forward to more Lotus v Lotus showdowns this season.
Super A – Tom Greer opened up 2016 with a win over 2015 SA title-winner Dana Johnston (2nd). Geoff Howe (3rd) slid around on slick tires, amazingly keeping his car on-track despite driving in the worst of the downpour.
Super B – Jacob van Gelder earned his first COMSCC TT win, besting Fred Kim in his e30 (2nd) and 2015 SB champ Dan Preston in his 370z (3rd). John French and Bob Brooks must have hit the snooze button too many times because they were nowhere to be found – maybe they’ll get up for Palmer?
Super C – With 2015 SC winner Will Martins rebuilding his motor and Gordon Andrade taking a legitimate sick day (feel better, Gordon), Chris Parsons and Peter Fontana got things started in SC. Chris is back after a long hiatus, swapping his 370z for a turbo Miata. His 1:20 was one of the faster times of the day, but the fastest time (FTD overall) went to Peter Fontana, driving the e36 M3 at SC lap record pace: 1:17.5.
Super D – Greg Hosselbarth was anointed with the Miata Tiara to start the event, signifying his 2015 Miata Cup Award. However, SD newcomer (she swapped to SD at ~11am on Sunday) Rebecca Harvey picked up her first COMSCC TT win.
Touring 100 – Laura Fleming (up from T90 after winning the class back-to-back years) and Bob Cairns were ripping it in practice in their matching C5 vettes, but they both got hosed, figuratively and literally, during the Time Trial. With sticker Hoosier dry tires mounted and both cars/drivers already lined up on the grid, the skies opened up, leading to a slip-and-slide TT. The best is yet to come for T100 in 2016. Donald Piette?
Touring 90 – T90 welcomes 3 new competitors. 2015 T70 Champion Stephen Tise Jr. upgraded the safety and performance of his ride, and Jon Harris and Dan Croteau added go-fast goodies to their C5 and M Coupe, respectively, to move up from T80. The new-look T90 class saw Tise Jr. taking his Mustang a little quicker than Harris’s Corvette to start the year.
Touring 80 – T80 is another class of transplants. Besides Nick Fontana who is staying put in T80, T60 winner Vic Larin plans to run his e46 M3 once ready, Mike Papageorgiou returns to COSMCC Time Trials in a SRT-4,former s2k driver Marc Epstein said “hello” in his new Boss 302, and Dan Durusky has jumped from 70 to 80. However, it was first-ever COMSCC Time Trial competitor Bruno Machado in a Lan-Evo IX getting the win with a 1:22.2.
Touring 70 – After nail-biting battles between Jon Cowen and Stephen Tise Jr. in 2015, the 2016 season-opener saw Erik Harris edging out Nick Derosa’s e36 (2nd) with James Ray III (3rd) rounding out the podium. With a number of returning customers, T70 should be another big and exciting class in 2016.
Touring 60 – Troy Velazquez and Dave Wittmer splashed around in their new class for a 1-2 finish, with Velazquez throwing down a 1:26 for the win and Wittmer edging out T60 regular Howard Roundy in his Elise. T60 had 9 competitors with hardware ranging from Miata to Camaro to Porsche – it should be another interesting season.
Touring 50 – we got to see an awesome T50 showdown in the dry at the end of the day. Matt LeBlanc laid down a respectable 1:22 with Dave Lemoine dipping into the 1:20′s, but 2015 T50 Champion Jeff Wasilko crushed it with a lap record 1:19.7. Even with a couple departures, T50 is still one of the hottest classes to watch.
Touring 40 – Sam Webster was doing the rain dance and got his wish, picking up his 2nd rain win at NHMS in as many events. Rodney Carriere (2nd) traded the 912 for a Miata and earned his first COMSCC TT podium, sliding between Webster and returning T40 competitor Tom Cannon (3rd). 2015 T40 Champion Scott Rosnick scored points but is looking forward to Palmer.
Touring 30 – Peter Perrault is back in T30 (3rd) and David Beningson turned in his 944 for a Miata to join in on the fun. However, with dance partner Mikhael El-Bayeh still piecing together his Civic, Stephen Hosker got his 2016 campaign off to a good start – 1:25.9 and a win. Could Hosker win T30 3 years in a row…?!
Registration for our first event of 2016 at Palmer Motorsports Park is now open. The event will be on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th. Our visits to Palmer last year were two of the most attended events of the year!. As you may recall there was no curbing installed last year. In the off season some legit curbing has been installed in key areas. An example is pictured below. This should make for far more rewarding laps and less rocks on the track!
Also as a reminder, if you haven’t completed your 2016 Annual Membership please do so by following the link below. The 2016 Early Annual Membership folks will receive a free early membership package which includes club marketing items, stickers, and a long sleeve T-shirt at no additional charge. To be eligible for an early membership package you must complete your Annual Membership by March 31th, 2016.
Licensed COMSCC members are invited to open their 2016 season with a test day at the Canaan Raceway Park on Saturday April 23, 2016. This brand new track was expanded late last year to 1.4 miles! Entry fee is $165. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be one of the first to experience this brand new layout.
COMSCC is super stoked to have Ross Bentley coming to our Awards Banquet Weekend to make us better, faster drivers. Renouned author of the Speed Secrets book series and acclaimed speaker, Ross will be flying in from Seattle to conduct An Advanced Look At The Basics and Being An Even Better Instructor seminars. Drivers of all levels looking to improve their performance should attend the Advanced Look seminar on Saturday 1/17/15. The Sunday 1/18/15 Better Instructor session is focused on club-level instruction techniques. Both sessions are open to all drivers, include a very nice spread for lunch, and run from 9 until 4.
And of course right in the middle of all this racing coolness is the COMSCC Annual Awards Banquet, Saturday evening 1/17/15, from 6pm to midnight. Come for the racing geeks social hour at 5 pm and see how people liked Ross’ Advanced Look seminar.
COMSCC will be going to a new local track in 2014 - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Located just south of Worcester MA, this local facility has completely redeveloped one of the classic New England road racing tracks. COMSCC has secured two 2014 dates: Mon-Tues July 28-29 and Mon-Tues Sept 22-23. (Subject to completion of track construction.)