The Enhanced Performance, STANMECH Technologies, Good Cars Only, Ridout & Maybee, Gabo Solutions #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……….