50 AUGUST 2020 scca.comEVENT COVERAGE
Sunday. Mark Boden won GT- 2twice in a Porsche 997 while BillBaten was a double T1 winnerin his Camaro. Andy McDermidtook AS on Sunday in his FordMustang after dropping out ofthe lead the day before. Thatallowed Gregory Eaton, alsopiloting a Mustang, to claimthat win. George Cichon wasSunday’s GT- 3 winner in a MazdaRX- 7 after the similarly mountedJeff Dernehl took Saturday.
The use of split starts has
become rather common. The
idea is to separate the classes by
speed, thus enabling racers to
get on with it without inordinate
interference by faster or slower
classes. In addition, it clarifies
matters for the spectators. In
Saturday’s FA and P1 race,
The Atlantics were the first to
receive the green, followed some
30 seconds later by the P1 cars.FA’s Ahsen Yelkin grabbed thelead in his Swift 014.a followedby Dudley Fleck and RichardZober, both in Swift 016.asteeds. Yelkin led the first six lapsuntil he was passed by Zober.
Meanwhile, James French, in afendered Swift 014.a P1 car,was lapping several seconds alap faster than the Atlantics.
He quickly caught up to them
and, by lap eight, had moved
into first overall. Kenton Koch
and Chip Romer, both in Elan
DP02 racers, trailed French
as they slalomed through the
Atlantics. The race played out
with French winning overall and
in P1, with Koch and Romer
following. Zober was fourth
overall and first in Atlantic
followed by Larry Howard and
Steve Forrer, both in Swifts.
That demonstration did notgo unnoticed by the officials, asthe two classes were reversedon Sunday. P1 got the greenfirst, with FA the trailing group.
French took off immediately,with Romer trailing in second.
Zober had the early FA lead
until passed by Forrer on
lap six. Positions remained
relatively stable until lap nine,
when French pulled off course
with no power. That elevated
Romer to first with Jason Miller
and John McAleer battling for
second. McAleer took the spot
on lap 11, only to have Miller
retake it a lap later. Romer came
home the winner, followed by
Miller and McAleer. In FA Zober
“ While the on-track
action was its usual
spirited self, everything
surrounding the event
was quite different”