VARAC 41st Vintage Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – June 16th to June 19th Photo Gallery
VARAC 41st Vintage Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – June 16th to June 19th Race Report
The Enhanced Performance, Good Cars Only, Gabo Solutions, STANMECH Technologies, Melanoma Canada #77 Formula Mazda Team had an outstanding weekend at the VARAC 42nd Vintage Grand Prix, held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP). We were placed in the Formula Classic Race group (Group 6). We had registered our #77 Formula Mazda in the VARAC Formula Classic group. There was a total of 31 cars in our race group including, Formula Fords, F2000’s, F1200’s, a Super Vee and several Formula Mazda’s as well as a few other historic open wheel cars. The weather ranged from raining to beautiful sunny days with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 27°C.
Over the course of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we were on track a total of 9 times; 3 on-track practices during the Thursday test day, followed by one practice and on qualifying session on Friday, Race 1 & 2 on Saturday and Races 3 & 4 on Sunday. Our race class included some very nice open wheel race cars.
On the Thursday test day, the weather was mixed with some sun in the morning and some amazing rain in the afternoon with a high of 20°C. Take a look at this YouTube link !!!!
Our best lap for the test day was a 1:24 – pretty respectable lap time with older tires from our 1st race weekend of this year.
Friday morning, the weather was quite nice for the majority of the day – we went out for practice on sticker tires with the objective of scuffing them in, so we weren’t really looking to set a very fast time. As a result, we set a time of 1:29.132, which was still the best time for the session of all the other cars. During our qualifying session, we ended up with a fair qualifying time of 1:24.654, placing us in P1 in our race group and 1st in class.
The weather on Saturday was sunny and quite cool with a high of just 17°. During Race 1, we installed another new set of tires to scuff those in for the weekend. We pulled away comfortably from the field on the first lap, we finished P1 in our race group and P1 in our class with best lap time of 1:27.274. During Race 2, once again we pulled away from the field on the first lap and finished P1 in our race group and P1 in our class with a best lap time of 1.25.535.
The weather on Sunday was just beautiful with sunny skies and a high of 23°. During Race 3, we set a best lap time of 1:24.879 finishing P1 in out race group and P1 in our class. During Race 4, the lead from flag to flag setting a fast lap time of 1:24.454, finishing in P1 in our race group and in our class. All in all, a superb race weekend!
This is our 1st race weekend raising money for Melanoma Canada, we are proud to say that we collected $420 on behalf of this charity. Please click on this link for more information regarding our partnership with Melanoma Canada.
A special thank you to our guest crew chief for the weekend Jack Brokenshire.
And thanks to Bill Davis & Shirley Vallis of Vallis Motor Sport for their trackside support during the VARAC VGP and to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for hosting such a fantastic, safe event!! And last, but certainly not least, we want to thank our long-suffering family which allows us to continue to race……….
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During the past few weeks, we have been customizing our racecar trailer - here is a video update for you to enjoy!!!
We are so fortunate to have such amazing photo artists at the race track!!
The Enhanced Performance, STANMECH Technologies, Good Cars Only, Ridout & Maybee, Gabo Solutions, Melanoma Network of Canada #77 Formula Mazda Team had an awesome race weekend at the BEMC Spring Trophy Races held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. We were entered in the newly formed Formula Classic/Formula Libre race group. There were a total of 19 cars in our race group including, ten F1200’s, three Formula 4’s, two F1600’s, one Historic Formula Ford, one Formula Junior, one Formula Renault and one Reynard F2000. The May weather was absolutely stunning with temperatures ranging from 16 to 18° C.
Over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we were on track a total of 8 times; 4 on-track practices during the Friday test day, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, Race 2 & 3 on Sunday. Our race class had some beautiful open wheel race cars including Jim Morton’s unbelievably fast Gamma Tercero F4.
Our best lap for the test day was a 1: 23 flat on old Goodyear race tires from the previous year, pretty impressive for old race tires..
Saturday morning, the weather was perfect – about 17°C and a clear sky. We scuffed in our race tires during our last test session on Friday. We set a reasonable P2 qualifying time of 1:24.949. During Race 1, we diced back and forth with Jim Morton, finishing in P2 with an overall best lap time of 1:23.470.
The weather on Sunday was sunny, beautiful, and perfect for racing at about 18°C. We had a great start at the beginning of Race 2 right behind Jim Morton gapping the rest of the pack quickly. We finished the race in P2 with a best lap time of 1:22.845, setting the fastest lap in the race. We were working our tires hard, so we flipped them on the rims.
We started Race 3 in P2 and diced with Jim Morton for the first few laps. Sadly, Jim was able to get away from us using lapped traffic, we were never able to catch up him. We finished in P2 with a best lap time of 1:23.395, once again setting the fastest lap in the race.
A special thank you to guest Crew Chief, Jack Brokenshire, who once again learned what is was like to work on a real race car
And a big thank you to Bill and Shirley Vallis of Vallis Motor Sport for their trackside support during the BEMC Spring Trophy Races and to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for hosting such a fantastic, safe event!! And last, but certainly not least, we want to thank our long-suffering family which allows us to continue to race……….
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Watch for us promoting Melanoma Canada and sun safety this summer at each race weekend we attend!!
In the Meantime, Practice Sun Safety!!! The leading cause of melanoma is over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources. Overexposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) are known to cause harm to the skin, eyes and immune system.
How To Stay Sun Safe
SEEK SHADE between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when UV radiation is at its peak.
WEAR SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING that covers as much of your body as possible.
WEAR A BROAD-BRIMMED HAT that shades your face, neck and ears.
WEAR UVA/UVB wrap around SUNGLASSES.
APPLY SPF 50+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen generously to clean, dry skin, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, and re-apply every two hours.
We have a full season of racing!!!!! Coming to a race track near you!!!!
We were very fortunate to win the 2021 VARC Club Championship, the VARAC Formula Classic Championship and the CASC-OR Formula Libre Championship!!! See the coverage in Inside Track Motorsport News!!!