CONSISTENT WINNERS, LARGE FIELD FOR SHELL HISTORICS IN CANADA (MONT-TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA, June 26) Peter Giddings and Lawrence Stroll dominated their race groups this weekend, but behind them some of the largest grids of the season...
CONSISTENT WINNERS, LARGE FIELD FOR SHELL HISTORICS IN CANADA
(MONT-TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA, June 26) Peter Giddings and Lawrence Stroll dominated their race groups this weekend, but behind them some of the largest grids of the season produced a great show. The event, fourth in the 2005 Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, was part of the Ferrari Festival at Le Circuit, the 2.65 mile track near Mont-Tremblant.
Giddings qualified on pole for the Drum Brake group in his Maserati 250F, once raced by Sir Stirling Moss. Tom Price continued an exception season by sharing the front row with Giddings; Price's Maserati 200 SI qualifying quick than all the three-liter cars, including a pair of 250 TRs driven by Leslie Davies and Jon Shirley's Maserati 300 S. 2004 Disc Champion Chuck Wegner debuted a Maserati 200 SI, replacing his familiar 625 LM.
Lawrence Stroll produced a stunning lap in qualifying for the Disc Brake Group, taking pole in his ex-Roger Penske/Sunoco 512 M almost four seconds faster than Ed Davies in a similar 512 M (and two and one-half seconds faster than the 360 Challenge cars at the same event). The second row was occupied by two 512 BB/LMs (Jim Fuchs and Kurt Schultz), with Rob Dusek's 365 P2/3 and John Giordano's Competition Daytona on the third row. Pairs of 250 GTOs, 250 SWBs, 308s, another Daytona, and a Birdcage Maserati finished out the grid.
Giddings led every lap in Saturday's Drum Race, his fastest race lap over eight seconds faster than any other drum competitor. Giddings also won his class; other class winners were Price, Ed Davies (Ferrari 375 MM), and Bob Bodin (Ferrari 250 TdF).
Stroll was never challenged during Saturday's Disc race, pulling out an eight second margin on the first lap. Davies trailed Stroll, with Fuchs and Schultz battling just behind. Price, now in his 250 GTO, initially led the 250 GT berlinettas. Bob Bodin and Peter LeSaffre had fought for the entire Drum race in LWB Tour de France berlinettas; in the Disc race the pair switched to SWBs and continued the battle behind the GTOs.
Stroll took the overall and class wins, lapping all but two disc cars. Fuchs, Dusek, Giordano, John Goodman (Budweiser/P. L. Newman Ferrari 308), and Leslie Davies (250 GTO) were the other class winners.
Sunday's Historic competition began with the Consistency Challenge, a regularity run-style event. Chuck Wegner (Maserati 200 SI) won over the team of Jon Shirley/Butch Dennison (Maserati 300 S) and Tony Wang (Ferrari 500 TR).
The results from Saturday were used to set the grid so Giddings led the Drum Brake cars to the start. He was again unchallenged in his 250F, winning by one and a half minutes. Price (Maserati 200 SI), Ed Davies (375 MM), and Bodin (TdF) were also repeat class winners.
In the Disc race Ed Davies chased Stroll for the first three laps, but then mechanical issues left him sidelined and Stroll unchallenged for the overall and class wins. Price's 250 GTO started from the last row of the grid, but by the halfway point he was leading the other GT berlinettas. He took the class win and maintained his lead in the Disc championship (he's also leading the Drum standings). Fuchs, Dusek, Giordano, and Goodman repeated their class wins.
The Shell Historic Challenge next races as part of Ferrari Maserati Racing Days at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, on July 8-9.