Greist Takes Two In Season Opener Revere Greist bolted to an early points lead in the Southern Regional Championship by virtue of two wins in season-opening action from Sebring International Raceway. Rookie Jonatan Jorge also made a splash on ...
Greist Takes Two In Season Opener
Revere Greist bolted to an early points lead in the Southern Regional Championship by virtue of two wins in season-opening action from Sebring International Raceway. Rookie Jonatan Jorge also made a splash on the full-course 3.7-mile circuit, celebrating his entry into the championship with multiple victories and his own share of the points lead. Ernesto Viso and Craig Duerson were determined to out-perform eachother, youth versus experience, as the two waged epic, yet costly, battles to establish the competitive tone in store for winter racing from Florida.
In group 1 race 1, polesitter Craig Duerson and second place starter Ernesto Viso battled out of the box, swopping the lead several times over the duration of the 10-lap race. The pair merged in turn-17, necessitating a pit stop. While Duerson pitted, Viso continued and was assessed a 20-second penalty, yielding the race win to Revere Greist, who finished ahead of Duerson. Despite his time penalty, Viso still managed to finish third. Among the best racers in this contest was David Libby, who advanced from 12th to sixth to earn most progressive racer distinction.
Polesitter Matt Franc led all laps, motoring to a comfortable win over Peter Stolper and newcomer Can Artam in group 2 race 1. Franc set the quickest lap with a time of 2:26.833 sec.. Jordan Gore overcame a 15th place starting position to finish in the top-10.
The day’s last race, group 4 race 1, featured a spirited introduction of newcomer Jonathan Jorge, who recorded a narrow victory from pole over returning driver Christiano Piquet. Piquet managed to surprise the rookie on lap 2 and held the point for 3 laps before Jorge was able to recapture the lead. The two volleyed the lead twice more before Jorge put a lock on the front position. Masters ace Bud Risser squared off the whole race with the frontrunners, eventually claiming the final rostrum spot with this third place result.
Under clear blue skies, day two of racing from Florida was similar to the first day’s event, in which Revere Greist benefited from a penalty assessed to Viso. This time, after another heated battle between the Eastern Regional Champion and two-time Southern Champion, the top two took themselves out with 20-second penalties assessed post-race. Viso stopped in the pits, however, he misunderstood the waving mechanics and re-entered the race before his car could be inspected for contact. The ruling promoted Greist to P1, with Duerson and Viso still competitive enough to finish second and third. Jay Fuchs inserted himself into contention, finishing in fourth after leaping over Eduardo Marques and David Libby. The result earned him the Masters win over fellow Larry Revier.
In Group 3 race 2, Jordan Gore surprised many in the 14 car field, bounding from ninth to fourth in the first lap, then methodically picking off three more positions to lead mid-way through the race. Gore retained the point over Matt Franc and Peter Stolper for the final six laps as none of the top-3 positions changed to the checkered flag. Gore set a blisteringly fast lap time of 2:25.690 sec. en route to his first ever Skip Barber Race Series win.
Jonatan Jorge won group 4 race 2 in wire-to-wire fashion, completing the 10-lap race with a .07 margin victory over second-place finisher Bud Risser. Jorge’s second win of the weekend overshadowed a remarkable effort by Robert Pellosie. Pellosie followed Jordan Gore’s suit with his own improbable drive from the back of the pack to finish third.
In the weekend finale, Bud Risser claimed victory in the Memorial, besting Louis Dibrell and Roland Isra. Gerardo Bonilla turned in a natty drive, improving from 15th to finish in fourth.
The Southern Regional Series moves on to the newly constructed Daytona 24 Hour Road Course on November 30– December 2. The highly anticipated weekend will feature the Formula Dodge National Championship finale.
The Masters National Championship from Sebring will be featured in its entirety in tomorrow’s Skip Barber News.