The STANMECH Technologies, Good Cars Only, Gabo Solutions #77 Formula Mazda Team has an amazing weekend at the HMSA/HSR 2018 le Sommet de Legendes at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. We ran in Group 5 – Monoposto Classic & Formula Libre. The weather was perfect for the entire race weekend, with a mix of both sunny & humid days, ranging from the 20's to the mid-30’s Celsius. Over the course of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we were on track a total of 11 times; 5 on track practices during the Thursday test day, followed by one practice, two qualifying sessions, Race 1, a 15 minute warm up session and Race 2. Our race class included some amazing open wheel race cars, here is a partial list:
Additionally, a few more 2 litre Chevrons were moved into our race group. Here is a Facebook video link of some of the race cars in our group. In the end, there were a total of 16 cars in our run group – we definitely had our work cut out for us, as most everyone in our group had much more horsepower than we did. In the first qualifying session, we qualified 10th. In the second qualification session, we qualified 8th, however a number of the faster cars from the previous qualifying session did not both the run the second qualifying session, so we were gridded to start in the 10th position for Race 1. We finished Race 1 in 10th position, unable to make up any significant ground on the high horsepower field. Before the warm up, we elected to scuff in a new set of tires for Race 2. Fortunately, we had an amazing start and made up three places at the green flag. We were able to maintain our position for the duration of the race and we set our fastest lap time of the weekend, a 1:40.276!! Our race group featured some unbelievable vintage formula cars - it was a pleasure to be on track with them. Our car performed flawlessly during the entire event - a very big thank you to our sponsors; STANMECH Technologies, Good Cars Only, Gabo Solutions , to Bill Vallis of Vallis Motor Sport and to Ken Ferrell, our race engineer.
Click here for more photos from this race weekend. A very big thank you to the HMSA and HSR for hosting such a great event!! And last, but certainly not least, we want to thank our long suffering family which allows us to continue to race……….