Vacations and scheduling conflicts caused a smaller than normal field to appear for the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge races at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, but cars too rarely seen in North America and exciting racing produced an appealing ...
Vacations and scheduling conflicts caused a smaller than normal field to appear for the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge races at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, but cars too rarely seen in North America and exciting racing produced an appealing event.
In the Drum Brake race (which had 250 SWBs added) Bill Binnie returned to the North American series after an earlier win at the Cavallino Classic in a Maserati 300S. At Lime Rock Binnie used his newly acquired 250 SWB/Comp to take pole position, but Tom Hollfelder^Òs Maserati 450S took the lead at the green flag, and led every lap for class and overall wins. Binnie was never more than a few lengths behind, and won his class as well. Scott Rosen^Òs 250 TR was never able to catch Hollfelder and Binnie, and Rosen finished second in class 3. Other class winners were Nick Soprano (250 TdF) and Peter Giddings (Alfa Romeo 8C/35).
Chuck Wegner had been extremely fast in qualifying for the Disc race, but an oil pump problem in his 512 S made him a spectator for the race itself. Defending Disc Brake class champion Todd Morici started on pole in his 512 BB/LM. Rich Liebhaber in another 512 BB/LM was alongside, and the pair raced away from the balance of the field, both repeatedly breaking the lap record in the process (and each turning laps faster than his qualifying times). Liebhaber passed Morici on the 4th lap (of 18), but two laps later Morici regained the lead, which he maintained for the win. Liebhaber^Òs challenge ended as he lapped slower traffic, only a few feet behind Morici. Liebhaber and Ray Hartmann (512 BB/LM) had contact, eliminating both from the race. Charlie Arnott (ex-NART Competition Daytona) joined Morici as a class winner.
The next races in the 2001 North American Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge will be at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on August 3-5.