SBRS: National: Mont-Tremblant summary

'V' Stands for Victory for Varsha and Vorrath MONT-TREMBLANT, Que., Can. (July 24) - Finally getting his day in the sun, Matt Varsha broke through for his first win in the Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER, taking round nine...

'V' Stands for Victory for Varsha and Vorrath

MONT-TREMBLANT, Que., Can. (July 24) - Finally getting his day in the sun, Matt Varsha broke through for his first win in the Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER, taking round nine in flag-to-flag fashion on Saturday at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. On Sunday, Jordy Vorrath notched his third victory of the year on after a mighty battle with... Varsha.

In the weekend's first race, Varsha from pole kept everyone behind him from the start. After a full course yellow on lap three to get round eight race winner Jonathan Goring out of the Turn Two sand, Varsha looked cool as a cucumber and led the entire race. Bonilla kept second for couple of laps but eventually fell prey to Vorrath. Garrett Zine and Cole Nelson (also a race winner, at VIR in April) also bundled Bonilla backward. When Zine fell off the road in the Turn Four-Five complex mid-race, Nelson got his third-place and Bonilla fourth. Andy Rossetto, winner of the other aero battle (round nine) at Road America, took fifth.

Sunday morning, Varsha remained on fire, taking his second pole of the weekend, a full half-second clear of Vorrath and Bonilla. Though he kept the lead the first half of the opening lap, Varsha "couldn't get the car to turn" in Eight (a second-gear hairpin that leads onto the long backstraight) and paid the price, as Vorrath got past him before the turn- in for 10. But Varsha fixed the problem the next time around and did the same deed to Vorrath, getting inside for the lead as they shot through 10, a very quick fourth gear righthander. With the two blue cars looking like one, the two V Boys promptly marched away from the rest of the field. On the 11th of the scheduled 14 laps, Vorrath again took advantage of Varsha's inability to get Turn Eight just right and grabbed the lead for good going into 10; Varsha stayed right with him but finished half a tick behind. Zine amply made up for his Saturday goof, getting Bonilla under braking into turn 10 on the last lap for the final podium spot.

The series now heads back to Wisconsin, supporting the August 20-21 Road America 500 ALMS weekend, for rounds 11 and 12. Vorrath, Nelson and Varsha each now have a legitimate shot at the championship -- but they'll need at least one truly poor result out of Bonilla in the last four races to do it. <pre> Round 9 of 14, July 23, 2005, Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, 15-turn, 2.65-mile road course

Start position in parentheses 1. (1) Matt Varsha Atlanta Ga. 14 laps 78.643 average mph 2. (2) Jordy Vorrath White Rock, B.C., Canada 14 3. (5) Cole Nelson Atwater, Calif. 14 4. (4) Gerardo Bonilla Orlando, Fla. 14 5. (6) Andy Rossetto Grafton, Wis. 14 6. (7) Paul Albert Ottawa, Ont., Canada 14 7. (3) Garrett Zine Rio Linda, Calif. 14 8. (8) Winston de Wardt Steamboat Springs, Colo. 14 9. (10) Richard Heistand Sunny Isles, Fla. 14 10. (11) Jimmy Holden Tiona, Pa. 14 11. (9) Jonathan Goring Norfolk, Conn. 13 (spun, rejoined)

Race length: 14 laps of 2.65-mile, 14-turn road course for 37.1 miles Time of race: 28 minutes, 18.310 seconds (lap 3, full course yellow)

Winner's average speed: 78.643 mph Margin of victory: 6.740 seconds

Lap leaders: Varsha, 1 - 14 Fastest race lap: Varsha, 1:48.236, lap 12

Fastest qualifier: Varsha, 1:47.902

Round 10 of 14, July 24, 2005, Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, 15-turn, 2.65-mile road course

Start position in parentheses 1. (2) Jordy Vorrath White Rock, B.C., Canada 14 laps, 87.980 average mph 2. (1) Matt Varsha Atlanta, Ga. 14 3. (4) Garrett Zine Rio Linda, Calif. 14 4. (3) Gerardo Bonilla Orlando, Fla. 14 5. (5) Cole Nelson Atwater, Calif. 14 6. (7) Andy Rossetto Grafton, Wis. 14 7. (9) Paul Albert Ottawa, Ont., Canada 14 8. (6) Jonathan Goring Norfolk, Conn. 14 9. (11) Jimmy Holden Tiona, Pa. 14 10. (8) Winston de Wardt Steamboat Springs, Colo. 14 11. (10) Richard Heistand Sunny Isles, Fla. 7 (spun, retired)

Race length: 14 laps of 2.65-mile, 14-turn road course for 37.1 miles Time of race: 25 minutes, 18.073 seconds

Winner's average speed: 87.980 mph Margin of victory: 0.562 seconds

Lap leaders: Vorrath, 1; Varsha, 2 - 10; Vorrath.11 - 14 Fastest race lap: Varsha, 1:47.404, lap 14

Fastest qualifier: Varsha, 1:47.636

Top 10 in points after 10 of 14 rounds: 1. Gerardo Bonilla 155 2. Jordy Vorrath 130 3. Cole Nelson 126 4. Matt Varsha 121 5. Garrett Zine 85 6. Andy Rossetto 83 7. Paul Albert 68 8. Alan Sciuto 56 9. Richard Heistand 50 10. Winston de Wardt 50

-Rick Roso/barber

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Skip Barber , Alan Sciuto , Matt Varsha , Gerardo Bonilla , Richard Heistand , Jonathan Goring