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THE GRAND TOUR
(LEFT, from TOP to BOT TOM) Alan Kossofwill be the fastest of the Fall-Line racers, andlikely the fastest of all of T2. Touring 3 racerDerek Kulach hopes to pick up his thirdRunoffs gold medal at the Runoffs this year.
If all goes to plan, Michael Borden will claimT4 victory despite being a Runoffs rookie.
going to win before he told us this.
But wait, there’s more: “I went [to
the 2020 June Sprints] to gain more
knowledge on the circuit and get
ready for this year’s Runoffs,” Kulach
reveals. “Saturday I was able to finish
second and learned a few things going
into Sunday’s race. What the results
on Sunday don’t show is that I had
a 4.5-second lead on Sunday with
two laps to go before I was taken out
by a slower car in Canada Corner.”
A list of potential contenders
includes Marshal Mast, Jason Ott,
Breton Williams, and Rob Hines,
with wild cards Richard Baldwin,
Jason Knuteson, Scotty B. White,
Ross Murray, and Eddie Nakato.
“I really think that we could endup watching an epic race to decidethe champion in T3,” Kulach admits.
“I could see an eight-car packthat will be the guys to win it.”
We’ll not belabor our T4 pick. After all,Michael Borden is on the cover of thisissue and is featured elsewhere. Butit boils down to the fact that Bordenhas basically come out of nowhereand is running at an unbelievable pace,bettering the likes of SCCA racinglegend John Heinricy and talentedwheelman Nick Leverone. But, with that,Borden admits that the T4 Runoffs racewill be like no other he’s experienced.
“I think that the success I’veexperienced [this season] will helpme bring confidence into the Runoffs,but it will be different from the racesthroughout the season,” Bordenadmits. “I used other classes to myadvantage when I could, but thatwon’t be a factor at the Runoffs.
was set to print, Kezman reportedpersonal obligations would force hisabsence. And with that, it’s Fall-Line’sAlan Kossof and Mark Boden whowill duke it out for the top step.
“Yes, it will be close racing
among the Porsches,” Kezman
agrees, although he foresees
other cars leading the pack. “The
front of the field will most likely be
BMW, Corvette, or Mustang.”
Who does Kezman see battling
for the win? “Mark Boden and Kurt
Rezzetano...will be strong, as will
anyone in a BMW E92 – that thing
is a rocket in a straight line.”
“Road America is a track that I havebeen going to since I was 12-years old,”says two-time Runoffs champ DerekKulach. “At that time, I was my dad’screw and would help with anything akid was allowed to do at the track.
“My first Runoffs I attended in
full competition was 2013 at Road
America. Since then, I have been
back several times and think of Road
America as one of my top five favorite
tracks. At home on my sim rig, I have
run well over 2,000 laps there since it
was announced we were going back.”
And we thought Kulach was
(MAIN) AndrewAquilante is huntingfor NationalChampionshipnumber 10, and itcould very well comein Touring1 this year,as that race kicks offthe 2020 Runoffs.