Grant Maiman and rookie Curt Andrews kept their battle for the Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship knotted as each scored two wins in virtually wire-to-wire fashion on the Road America Long Course this weekend. Maiman was perfect in ...
Grant Maiman and rookie Curt Andrews kept their battle for the Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship knotted as each scored two wins in virtually wire-to-wire fashion on the Road America Long Course this weekend. Maiman was perfect in leading every lap of his races; Andrews led all but one. The two will shoot it out -- winner take all style -- to decide the Championship on the season-ending race weekend on October 13-14.
John Knudson claimed the first win of the Regional races with a late surge past Revere Greist. Greist, who started from sixth, registered fastest lap of the session at 2:34.179 sec. Mark Barrens ran well, advancing from the ninth spot to take third as well as maximum points in the Master's category.
In Group 2, Race 1, Maiman won his first race in uneventful style. He built a lead of over 11 seconds en route to victory over second place finisher Roland Isra and third place holder Mark Barrens. Isra's points for Master's class keep him in step with Master's points leader Barrens, who now leads the field of elders by nine points. Dirk Daems turned in a notable performance, taking sixth place after starting from 13th on the grid.
Curt Andrews answered Maiman's victory with his first in Group 3, Race 1 action. Starting from the number-two spot, he captured the point immediately and then held on to register a tight win over Gary Longo. Revere Greist took his second consecutive podium with a third place finish.
Similarly, Erick Hansen secured the lead early en route to victory in Group 4, Race 1. Chris Willcox and John Greist joined Hansen on the podium with second and third place results, respectively. Greg Engelsman was the most progressive driver darting from ninth at the start to finish fourth.
David Weiringa made the most of his pole position to start off the second race day. He led wire-to-wire and took the checkered flag in front of Revere Greist. Whitney Bellows secured the third spot on the last lap to claim the last rostrum spot. Charlie Hilmer mounted a fantastic charge from 14th at the start to finish in fifth.
Maiman's second victory occurred at the expense of Hirotoshi Takeuchi and Barrens. While Maiman built a lead, Takeuchi and Barrens played catch up but couldn't narrow the margin and finished second and third, respectively. Engelsman turned in another progressive drive after starting from 13th to finish in sixth place.
Group 4, Race 2 featured a rematch of the previous day between Andrews, Gary Longo and R. Greist. The three would stand together again post race albeit in a slightly different order; Andrews, the victor, with R. Greist and Longo in tow.
The final event saw Tim Rose showcase his driving skills as he advanced craftily from 11th at the start to take the win in front of Chris Willcox (2nd) and Erick Hansen (3rd). Rose's margin of victory over second place was a thin 0.274 sec.
- Andrew Torres