FCS: Road American race report

Elkhart Lake, WI., August 5. A smaller than normal field due to schedule conflicts, and mechanical problems, perhaps caused by the unusually warm weather, meant that there were some new faces on the winners podium at the Road America round of the...

Elkhart Lake, WI., August 5. A smaller than normal field due to schedule conflicts, and mechanical problems, perhaps caused by the unusually warm weather, meant that there were some new faces on the winners podium at the Road America round of the North American Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge races this weekend.

Tom Hollfelder's Maserati 450S was heavily favored in the Drum Brake group following his victory at Lime Rock Park, but mechanical problems left the car parked for qualifying. Peter Giddings, driving his ex-Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo 8C/35, took both pole position for the Drum Brake group, and wins in the Saturday and Sunday races.. Giddings' overall victories also gave him the Class 1 wins on both days; on Saturday Jim Fuchs (Ferrari 166 MM/53 Vignale Spyder) won Class 2. Hollfelder had started his 450S and was able to win Class 3 on Saturday, although suffering a repeat of the mechanical problems. Fuchs repeated his Class 2 win on Sunday (behind Giddings), but Class 3 was won by Hugh Ruthven, in a Drogo-bodied 250 GT.

Hollfelder's ex-Filipinetti 512 M was on pole for the Disc Brake group, and he led every lap of the Saturday race to win over Chuck Wegner, in a 512 S. Ray Hartman (512 BB/LM) took his first win in Class 6A over defending champion Todd Morici on Saturday. Bill Noon (308 Michelotto) won Class 7, and Charlie Arnott (Competition Daytona) won Class 4.

Hollfelder was unable to start on Sunday; Wegner led the first five laps until suffering a driveline problem in his 512 S. Morici came back to beat Hartman for overall and the Class 6A victory; Arnott and Noon repeated their class wins.

The final event of the 2001 North American Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge will be at Watkins Glen, New York, on August 23-26.

-FCS-

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Series Road racing , Vintage
Drivers Peter Giddings , Chuck Wegner , Tom Hollfelder , Todd Morici , Ray Hartman , Bill Noon , Hugh Ruthven