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2018 Competition Update

Race cars are in storage, helmets are in the closet and race suits are off to the dry cleaners. Yes, it’s the end of the racing season, a time where COM members focus on hypothetical classing calculations and a spot of iRacing! It’s also time for the end of the season competition update….

Super Unlimited - Dan D’Arcy was leading this class mid season, and the end of the season results are no different. A win at Watkins Glen and a second at NHMS-2 helped Dan seal the SU championship ahead of Thomas Greer in 2nd and Bruce Allen in 3rd.

Super A - Kellie Greer made it a two-peat and grabbed the championship again in 2018. John Harris in his Z06 likely fancies his chances in 2019 after winning the last two events.

Super B - this is a large class that has seen attendance ebb and flow. Daniel Preston had a strong end to the year with two P2’s and finished third in the championship, and it was great to see him back at the track and jockeying for wins at the end of the season. David Coutu won the last event at NHMS and sealed second in the championship, while John French’s consistency and strong middle part of the season allowed him to take his first COM championship.

Super C - Chris Parsons beat Will Martins to the Super C championship. While Will had some car trouble, Chris showed that a turbo Miata CAN be reliable! Ryan Catucci came in third in what is probably the world’s fastest AWD Honda…

Super D - Peter McParland fired the first shots this year by winning two of the first three events in his S2000 and not showing up for the rest. Newly minted instructor Roe Cole’s Won his first class championship by winning three of the last four events. Last year’s champion Mark Swinehart finished second, and Hugh Wallace grabbed third.

T100 – Bob Cairns took the championship despite missing a few events in the middle of the season. It was good to see him join COM again on the track later in the season, and true to form he ended the season with a track record. However, Laura Fleming is the true champion and her infectious smile will be missed by everyone in the club.

T90 - David Lapierre won his second T90 championship over Victor Larin. It’s a testament to the COMSCC classing structure that cars produced by different manufacturers (BMW vs Porsche) over a decade apart (2001 vs 2016), with different layouts (front engine RWD vs mid engine RWD) and different levels of prep (stripped & caged vs roll bar + slicks) managed to deliver a see-saw battle never more than a few tenths apart, and often even closer. Cort Wilson gets an honorable mention for the win at WGI, and the one of the coolest looking cars in the paddock (what looks better than a GT-40?). Steven Amanti came in third.

T80 - an extremely deep class this year with 21 entrants and four different TT winners. Vidi Saptari followed his win at Mt Tremblant with P3 in the championship, while Kevin Cross parlayed a win and consistent performances into P2. Chris Hornung is one of this season’s most improved drivers and was almost unbeatable when he actually showed up. He did show up often enough to win the championship! We also can’t ignore new kid on the block Scott Florio who finished second in his first COM TT at the Glen and ended the season with a win at NHMS2.

T70- the annual Jon & Nelson show didn’t disappoint this season. The first five events saw some close battles and the two drivers separated by a point. At that point, German reliability took over and Nelson DNF’ed at WGI, allowing Jon to eke out a lead and close the season in P1 and another strong win and lap record at NHMS2. James Ray secured 3rd and Dan Durusky ended only two points behind in 4th. Dan was the only T70 driver not named Jon or Nelson to crack into the top two which he did on two occasions.

T60- Dave Lemoine won the championship with 3 victory, edging out Jeff Wasilko (2 wins, 2nd in championship) and Shervin Yeganeh (2 wins, 3rd in championship). The battle came right down to the wire, with it going down to a winner-takes-all last event of the season at NHMS2. Last year’s champion Troy Velazquez was 4th.

T50 - Matt LeBlanc and Dave Wittmer went back and forth over the first four events of the season and were neck-and-neck following the Thompson time trial.  Over the final three events Dave’s win, two second place finishes and 13.5 second combined advantage over Matt were more than enough to lock up his first class championship since 2013.  Though he missed a handful of events Nick Fontana had some amazing performances this year highlighted by an unofficial T50 Palmer lap record of 1:47.671.  Insane!

T40 - Dan closed out his mid season lead with four consecutive wins in his daily driver! Sash Dias came second with two wins, while Matt Daniels was ‘best of the rest’ and was consistently on the podium to grab third in a five-way fight with Derek Tanguard, Dennis Herrick, Julie Wasilko and Tom Cannon.

T30 - this class has seen among the tightest competition this year. Micah Spielvogel upped his game in 2018 to win four events and beat Andrew Grigg to the championship by 16 points. Peter Perrault grabbed third while David Beningson and Emily Berthier rounded out the top five. A special mention to Emily Berthier – a new car but the same competitive spirit saw her close the season out with a second place at the last event in New Hampshire. Mikhael started off the season with a win, but his engine decided to go vacation at the very next event.
Dan Baldwin also cemented the overall driver championship, scoring 93.86 championship points to edge Dave Lemoine (91.14) and Jon Cowen (89.86).

We’re going back to F1 Boston again next week for our annual banquet, kart race and awards ceremony. If you haven’t already registered, what are you waiting for?!
Wishing everyone a great 2019!

The COMSCC team