The Enhanced Performance, STANMECH Technologies, Good Cars Only, Gabo Solutions, Melanoma Canada #77 Formula Mazda Team had an awesome race weekend at the BEMC Late Summer Trophy Races held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. We were entered in the Formula Libre race group. There were a total of 17 cars in our race group including, seven F1200’s, three Formula 4’s, two Radicals, one FC90 F2000, one Formula Renault and Marcel Lafontaine’s beautiful Formula Atlantic
The weather was quite nice Friday and Saturday with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25° C, Sunday was damp with an intermediate track.
Over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we were on track a total of 9 times; 4 on-track practices during the Friday test day, followed by practice, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, Race 2 & 3 on Sunday.
Our best lap for the test day was a 1:23 flat on old Goodyear's from the CASC-OR Summer Classic Race weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park.
Saturday morning, the weather was perfect – about 20°C and a clear sky. We scuffed in our race tires during practice. We set a reasonable qualifying time of 1:24.741 – P1 in our class. During Race 1, we had a good battle with Jim Morton in his F4 Gamma – we finished P1 in our class and P4 in our race group with a best lap time of 1:23.747
The weather on Sunday was overcast at about 20°C. We had a great start at the beginning of Race 2 unfortunately, we picked up a puncture as a result of being too aggressive over the rumble strips on the apex of corner 5B. So we retired to the pits with 2 laps to go – we still managed to finish in P6 and P1 in our class with a best lap time of 1.24.729. Here is the link to our You Tube video https://www.youtube.com/shorts/8jJJU9nm2vg regarding our puncture.
We started Race 3 in P2 on a damp, intermediate track and stayed on Jeremy Hills gear box for the majority of the race finishing in P1 in our class and P2 in our race group with a best lap time of 1:30.345.
And a big thank you to Bill and Shirley Vallis of Vallis Motor Sport for their trackside support during the BEMC Late Summer 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……….