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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

2016 Competition Update #2- Palmer1

Competitors,

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 comregistrar@comcast.net 

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.org/events/track-records/

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!

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2016 Competition Update #1- NHMS1

Competitors,

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…?!

Alright, the first event is in the books. On to Palmer.
Full NHMS results: http://www.comscc.org/events/results/vi … 2016-05-08
Updated Lap Records: http://www.comscc.org/events/track-records/

…and again, the registration link for Palmer: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/pa … zCEmvkrKUl

NHMS results

The May 31st NHMS event results have been posted along with updated track records.

Mosport results

The Mosport, May 3, 2011 results have been posted.

The October 10th NHMS results are up.

The October 10th NHMS event results have been posted along with updated season standings and track records.

The Mount Tremblant event results have been posted

The Mount Tremblant event results have been posted along with updated season standings.