It seemed like it had been an eternity since May when we last ran at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. To everyone’s delight this event was slated to run the south oval configuration. Day one was picture perfect fall weather and some drivers were flirting with track record pace. Just like the first visit to New Hampshire this year, rain would move in overnight and absolutely soak day two. Competitors who keep rain tires in their arsenal would be handsomely rewarded in these conditions.
So what happened in this very rainy time trial?
Super Unlimited – Bruce Allen was the only SU competitor to enter the time trial. Bruce collected his 11 points and locked down the SU season championship.
Super A – The Greer’s conquered the rain in their V8 Miata. Kellie ran some very consistent laps and took second place. Tom finished with a 1:31.345 to secure the win. It is all gravy as he secured the class championship earlier this season.
Super B – Kevin Foote made his first appearance with COM this year and grabbed a solid second place finish in SB. It was Dan Preston however who grabbed the win clearing the rest of the SB field by five seconds. With the win, Dan now has a slim two point lead over Bob Brooks heading into the final event of the season.
Super C – While there were only two cars in the SC field, they put on a show with one of the closest margins of victory for the event. Will Martins continues to get acquainted with his new NC Miata. He fell just shy of the win with a very respectable 1:29.485. Once again it was Chris Parsons who found enough time to pull off the win with a 1:28.383.
Super D – A couple of co-driven enduro econo-boxes crashed the SD party at NHMS. Despite the new company Rebecca Harvey managed to grab 3rd place amidst the six-driver field. Pete Rokel, M@$$hole resident #2 ran a 1:38.625 to snag second place. Nick Derosa, M@$$hole resident #1 separated himself from the rest with a 1:36.366 to take the SD win.
T100 – A spin and an ensuing mechanical issue resulted in Laura Fleming with an unfortunate disqualification. Kenneth Channell grabbed second place but it was Bob Cairns who made sure not to get stuck on slicks in the rain this time around. Bob’s 1:27.435 was good enough to secure the win as well as the T100 class championship.
T90- Jon Harris ran unopposed in T90 and took home first place points with a 1:29.886.
T80 – Only two drivers ran in T80 but it was a very close finish in the end. Victor Larin managed a 1:40.837 which ended up being less than half a second behind first place. Anthony Deyoe earned his first win since 2014 with a time of 1:40.356.
T70 – Class leader Jon Cowen recorded one of the faster times of the day in the difficult conditions with a time of 1:28.349. Nelson Barros ran a blistering 1:25.720 in the same run group as Jon to not only take the win but FTD as well. Jon Cowen’s second place points were enough to secure the class championship for the season.
T60 – T60 matched it’s deepest field of the season with ten drivers competing. Jeffrey Goldberg competed in his first COM time trial of 2016 in his Focus ST and ran a very strong 1:33.607 to grab the last spot on the podium. The battle for first ended up being one of the best of the day. Equally equipped tire-wise Troy Velazaquez and Dave Lemoine laid it all out there. Troy ended up taking second place with a 1:32.879. Dave Lemoine continued his now annual late-season run and grabbed his third win in a row in T60 with a time of 1:31.902. With the second place finish Troy secured his first ever class championship with COM.
T50 – Equipped with some five year old bourbon barrel-aged RA-1s, David Wittmer managed to slip and slide his way to a second place finish. Fortunately, losing his transmission on the third lap did not cause a waving yellow for anyone else. Jeff Wasilko showed just how magical a good rain tire can be. He left everyone else in the dust with a 1:30.121. With the win Jeff secured the T50 class championship.
T40 – Grab some popcorn, T40 was the class to watch at this event. The top four finishers were all within 0.797 seconds of each other. Fresh off a big win at Watkins Glen, Tom Cannon grabbed fourth place with a time of 1:37.502. Sam Webster ran the fastest first lap of the whole class before spinning. His 1:37.114 ended up being good for third place however. After an impressive rail grind of the T12 curbing in practice, Julie Wasilko rallied to grab second place with a time of 1:36.743, 0.038 seconds behind first place…! And with the narrowest margin of victory of the day, Scott Rosnick got the rainy time trial monkey of his back and took the win with a 1:36.705. Scott owns an eight point class lead over Tom going into the final event of the season.
T30 – Much like T40 there was only a 1.04 second spread between first and fourth place in T40. Class leader Stephen Hosker just missed a podium spot with a 1:40.600. John Riopel made his 2016 debut and took third place with a solid 1:40.253. Emily Berthier ran her first time trial of the season and ran a blazing 1:39.852 to take second place. It was Andrew Grigg however who mastered the wet conditions and just barely edged out the rest with a 1:39.496.
Our next event is at Palmer Motorsports Park on October 29th & 30th. You can sign up HERE. Halloween costumes are welcome and encouraged
Scott Rosnick chasing those thousandths of a second to grab the win! (photo by James Ray)
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 is open for our final event of the year: Saturday-Sunday, October 13th and 14th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Saturday will be a drivers school for students and track time for licensed drivers and Instructors. The Time Trial competition will be held on Sunday following morning practice. Open track will follow the Time Trial, time permitting.
Our NHMS events sell out fast, sign up today to be sure you get in.
September 19th, 2012 by Mick Filed under Event, NHMS