Continental Racing had a successful race weekend overall and gained some valuable experience in preparation for the upcoming SCCA National Championship “Runoffs”, which will also be staged at Road America from September 20-22.
In the B-Spec Class, the Continental drivers and their Mazda 2’s were a big presence on track. The trio of Joel Weinberger (Castrol/BFG #10), Shawn Young (STA-BIL/BFG#11), and Tony Kester (Autobahn Member Racing/BFG #12) led the early qualifying results for the class. The team finished Saturday’s race in 1st, 2nd and 4th, with Weinberger, Kester and Young piloting in that order. Young had a challenging race-long battle with another Mazda2 competitor, swapping positions several times during the 12-lap event. The effort nearly netted a podium sweep for the team, but at the checked flag, Young came up less than a car length short.
On Sunday, all three drivers got off to a great start when the green flag dropped. However, as they approached the first corner, Young had a momentary brake pressure loss that forced him to take evasive action to the inside grass to avoid contact with other cars. Unfortunately, the car’s return to the track over the tall curbing ended up breaking the left front strut and eliminating Young from contention. Fortunately, he was able to continue and earn a 5th place finish. Up front, Weinberger and Kester streaked away from the others in class, resulting in an identical 1-2 finish as the previous day.
All three drivers are now fully qualified to compete at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in September. With no more regular races on the schedule, the team will turn its attention to preparation and testing for the penultimate race on September 22nd at Road America.
In the STU Class, Weinberger took the opportunity to get familiar with how the off-season regulations would impact the Audi’s performance at RoadAmerica. Like all of the turbo-charged cars in the STU class this year, the Audi A4 (Castrol/BFG) received a 2mm tighter restriction on the inlet, resulting in a significant horsepower loss. This new regulation will make the field even tighter as the normally-aspirated cars will become even more competitive.
The Saturday race for Weinberger in the Audi resulted in a DNF as the rear brake line blew apart on the 3rd lap. Fortunately, he was able to bring the car back safely without any damage (but with a significant amount of grass in the front splitter). The Fall-Line Motorsports crew repaired the line for Sunday’s race, and Weinberger raced to class victory and 5th overall. However, the real test will come during the SCCA Runoffs when 25-30 STU cars are expected to compete for the one race, winner-take-all championship on September 20th.
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