Drivers Campaign for Wins at Tire Rack Washington DC Champ Tour
TOPEKA, Kan. (June 21, 2016) – The Tire Rack Washington DC Championship Tour at FedExField in Landover, Maryland was greeted by sunny skies and moderate temperatures. Sam Strano's course snaked through the entire stadium lot, making excellent use of every last bit of pavement. With a wide-open layout and lots of sweepers, finding the right line made it a tough yet rewarding course to drive. Competition was tight in a number of classes, with exciting battles in every heat.
A Street saw three different leaders Saturday with Lex Kirichek claiming the first-run lead in his Cayman S Porsche. After second runs, it was Laurence Casey sitting on top by over 0.8 second in his Corvette. On his third run, Casey improved by exactly two tenths, but Josh Luster in a Corvette was able to go faster by nearly 0.3 second to lead the class after the first day. When the competition was over Sunday, it was Luster who claimed the win by .184 second over Casey.
The 14-driver B Street group put on a great show Saturday with the top five drivers posting times within a second of each other. Michael Moran in a Corvette ultimately got the victory by 1.6 seconds over Andrew Thomas who was also in a Corvette.
The Street Touring Xtreme Class boasted 19 competitors. Kyle Herbst in his BMW 128i sat on top after first runs, but Davis Marcus in a Scion FRS bested him on his second run to take the lead by just 0.048 seconds. And when it was all said and done, Marcus won by .791 second. Herbst was second followed by Matt Jones in third driving a Subaru BRZ.
Shane Chinonn-Rhoden took the early lead in a Mazda MX-5 during Street Touring Roadster competition. Cleaning up his dirty first run in a Mazda MX-5, Brian Karwan claimed the lead by 0.5 seconds on his second tour of the course. But it was GJ Dixon in a Honda S2000 that grabbed the top trophy with .182 second over Karwan in the end.
In A Street Prepared, Bill Rogerson’s Subaru grabbed the top position after first runs, but Cory Hockenbury took it from him with his second run in a BMW. Rogerson wanted that spot back, so he found half a second on course to take the lead by 0.138 over Hockenbury. Eric Janveaux, also driving a Subaru, found nine tenths on his last run, slotting him into third just 0.122 behind Hockenbury. And that’s the way it stayed when Sunday ended with Rogerson claiming victory.
Additional winners from the weekend included Brain Conners in Super Street driving a 911 Porsche, Brain Garfield in C Street behind the wheel of a Mazda MX-5, Barry Fedon in D Street with a Subaru WRX, Courtney Cormier in F Street with a Chevy Camaro, GH Sharp in G Street with a Volkswagen GTI, John Crooke in H Street with a Ford Fiesta ST, Martin Kriz in Street Touring Ultra with a Subaru Impreza WRX, Todd Kunze in Street Touring Sport piloting a Honda Civic, and course designer Sam Strano with the Super Street R victory in a Corvette.
Full results can be viewed at the Tire Rack Washington DC Championship Tour webpage. Next up for SCCA Champ Tour competitors is the Tire Rack College Station Championship Tour taking place July 1-3 at College Station in Bryan, Texas. For additional information on Tire Rack SCCA Solo, visit www.scca.com/solo.
Image: FedExField delivered excitement at this weekend’s Tire Rack Washington DC Champ Tour
Photo Credit: Perry Bennett