Mont Tremblant race weekend a phenomenal success. Situated an hour and a half Northwest of Montreal, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant hosted recent Skip Barber Race Series action, which consisted of 90-plus racers from the East and Midwest regions as...
Mont Tremblant race weekend a phenomenal success.
Situated an hour and a half Northwest of Montreal, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant hosted recent Skip Barber Race Series action, which consisted of 90-plus racers from the East and Midwest regions as well as the Formula Dodge National Championship pilots, on hand to contest rounds 9 and 10. A majestic background, beautiful weather, and a world-class circuit all made for an exceptional weekend of racing. The windy 2.65-mile circuit proved to be challenging but very rewarding for the racers as they tackled its daunting corners.
Both the race action and vista proved to be spectacular
In group 1 race 1, Kevin Adams and Brian Milligan stormed through the field from their twelfth and tenth qualifying positions to finish second and third behind race winner Ben Freudenberg. Freudenberg gave up the lead on the first lap but continued to duel with Adams for several laps, swapping the lead five times. Dan Boland enjoyed a consistent race to finish just outside the top-three in fourth position. John Greist won in the Masters class finishing fifth overall and adding 23 points to his already dominant standing.
Group 3 race 1 saw Paul Arnold start from pole position and lead the first ten laps before falling prey to a mechanical problem ending his victory bid. Bob Sayers, who was contesting second place, inherited the lead and held it for the remaining four laps to register his first win in the Skip Barber Race Series. Master’s racer Michael Culver came home second overall 2.502 sec. behind Sayers, which was good enough to score the Masters win. Fellow Masters driver John Pew came home third after overtaking Brian Frisselle on lap 12.
Zimroth's win extended his lead in the Eastern Regional Championship
New Yorker Abraham Zimroth dominated group 4 capturing the pole position, fastest lap, and race win. The victory did not come easily, however, as Chris Prey passed Zimroth for the lead briefly on lap 2. Zimroth answered promptly with a re-pass and continued to lead for the remainder of the 13-lap race pulling out a 1.082 sec. margin of victory by race end. Prey remained in second place while Chase Patzer was able to stay with the leaders but was unable to better his third place position throughout the race. Chris Oliver was the Master’s victor finishing in sixth position overall.
Pelayo came from 18th to win his first race of the weekend
An overly active qualifying session early in the day required that Group 5 run first thing Sunday morning. National Championship driver Luis Pelayo taught the rest of the field where they could have been faster as he came from last place on the grid to assume the lead on lap 7, passing seventeen cars in the process. Fellow National Championship racer Jason Klein had to settle for second place after Pelayo passed him and continued to pull away. Leading the pack of three, 16 seconds back, Quentin Wahl finished in third place to claim his first Masters win of the season.
Kevin Adams and Ben Freudenberg battled fiercely once again in group 1 race 2, with Adams claiming victory after passing Freudenberg for the lead on lap 10. Freudenberg was able to stay close to Adams but was unable to re-pass him before the checkered flag flew. Dean Patzer rushed the field from eighth position on the grid to claim third position and was one of only three drivers in the group to break into the 1:49 second territory. John Greist won the Masters division race once again gaining another 23 valuable points to further his points lead to 72 points ahead of John Dickmann.
Arnold celebrates his first win of the season with Sayers and Frisselle
Group 3 race 2 saw Paul Arnold win his first ever Masters race crossing the finish line in first place overall .933 sec. ahead of second place racer Bob Sayers. Arnold completed the pass for the lead on lap 4 and held onto it tightly. In third place was Brian Frisselle, who was busy picking his way through the field from his ninth place starting position. Just outside a podium finish, Whitney Bellows finished in a notable fourth place charging through the field after making a lightening fast start passing six cars during the first lap. Martin Zimmerman added to his double win weekend at IRP scoring a second place in the Masters Championship finishing sixth overall.
Abraham Zimroth pulled out another impressive win in group 4 with a controlling 7.821 sec. margin of victory over Chase Patzer, who also found his way back onto the podium for a second time in as many races. Travis Roberts came home in a distant third, ten seconds behind Patzer. The top three drivers swapped for position on the first lap, but then each held their respective positions for the remainder of the race. Chris Oliver made it a double victory in Mont Tremblant, claiming the top spot in the Masters race by finishing fourth overall. Storming through the field from his dismal fifteenth place grid position was Revere Greist, who leap-frogged his way up to fifth place by lap six and maintained that position for the closing seven laps.
The last race of the weekend saw group 5 take to the track. Luis Pelayo once again drove away with the race after jockeying for the lead with Jason Klein for the first two laps. Setting the second best lap time of the weekend at 1:48.060 sec. helped Pelayo to pull out a massive 12.508 sec. lead on Klein by the end of the race. Klein himself was able to pull out a substantial lead on third place runner Brian Frisselle who finished ten seconds back. Dan Boland, whose race was over before it began during race 1, was determined to achieve a good finishing result. Starting at the back of the grid, Boland knifed his way through the pack to finish fourth passing nine cars in the process. Masters driver Mark Patterson came home in seventh, which was good enough to secure the Masters win.
Both the Eastern and Midwestern series heads to another double weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the weekend of August 30-September 1. Leading the charge into the next rounds are Abraham Zimroth in the Eastern through four rounds and Ben Freudenberg in the Midwestern series through five rounds. In the Eastern Masters series Chris Oliver leads Roland Isra for the championship by a slim six points, while John Griest has a firm handle on the Midwestern Regional series championship leading by a commanding 72 points.