CARSTAR - CARSTAR Monte Carlo wins - on a road course! Russ Bond wins GT-B on Sunday at BARC Regional road race MOSPORT, ONTARIO -- The CARSTAR Monte Carlo had an eventful outing last weekend. First it finished second in the only heat race at ...
CARSTAR - CARSTAR Monte Carlo wins - on a road course!
Russ Bond wins GT-B on Sunday at BARC Regional road race
MOSPORT, ONTARIO -- The CARSTAR Monte Carlo had an eventful outing last weekend. First it finished second in the only heat race at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday night. Then on Sunday, in its maiden race at a road course, it won the morning GT Sprint race in the GT-B class at Mosport International Raceway.
"This has been one of the strangest weekends on record for me," Bond said. "First we sit in the cars waiting to go -- I'm on the pole -- at Peterborough, and the race gets postponed due to the track curfew. Then we get to Mosport at O-dark thirty Sunday morning, put on really, really old tires and without any practice, go out and win on a road course. Hell, we didn't change the setup from the oval. It was great in turns two, four and nine -- but everywhere else it was a handful. I thought for sure, CARSTAR would be getting a little extra work this week."
At Peterborough on Saturday night, the CARSTAR Monte Carlo started the heat race in fifth and quickly moved up to second. "We were good," Bond said. "I had my sights set on the leader -- he was mine -- but a yellow came out. On the restart, his car was good so I just hung around in second. The inversion gave me the pole -- for a race we didn't get to run."
Bond and the CARSTAR Monte Carlo will start at least one of the two features on the pole at the season finale at Peterborough on Sept 17. One of the features will be the postponed feature from this weekend. "I hope we can do the double there -- it would be a great way to end our season. But, I'll settle for one out of two..."
Sunday on the road course, the CARSTAR Monte Carlo was joined by six other Pro Challenge drivers and cars, which took to Mosport's road course for a demonstration race. "It was cool to lead those guys around. I think we made quite an impression. All I could see in my mirrors were hoods and teeth -- there was a lot of smiling going on."
Earlier on Sunday, Bond had signed up the CARSTAR Monte Carlo for the GT Sprints, which features Corvettes, Porsches, Acuras, BMW's and assorted tube framed GT cars. They run in classes from GT-A (the fastest) to GT-D (the slowest). Bond started the CARSTAR Monte Carlo 40th on the grid with not one lap of practice. "I just fired her up and got with the program. I raced here last week in Honda Michelin, so it was just a question of getting used to the car on this track."
On the first lap, Bond passed 11 cars, then 6 more on lap two. At the end of the 20 minute race, Bond was scored 13th overall and winner of the GT-B class. "That was fun," Bond said. "A little hectic in the beginning, I'd catch the Player's Camaro's in the corners -- but halfway down the straight -- look out!. I'd have to say I'm proud of the CARSTAR Monte Carlo's performance -- the little fella' ran good."
For the afternoon race, Bond handed over the reigns to Ontario Pro Challenge Series Champion Dennis Thomson to have a go at road course racing. "That was way, way too much fun," Thomson said. "Thanks to Russ for letting me have some fun in the CARSTAR Monte Carlo."