Track Lap Records Tumble at SCCA Nationals. Comprent's Tommy Thompson set the tone but it was Comprent's Marc Walker who reset the record books. The last two months have seen Comprent Motor Sports annihilate lap records at two venues while ...
Track Lap Records Tumble at SCCA Nationals.
Comprent's Tommy Thompson set the tone but it was Comprent's Marc Walker who reset the record books.
The last two months have seen Comprent Motor Sports annihilate lap records at two venues while competing in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National events.
C-Sports Racer (CSR) driver Tommy Thompson (Houma, LA) set the tone at the Road Atlanta (Braselton, GA) National run in-conjunction with the TransAm Series, March 21-22.
It was Tommy's first time driving his Crystal Head Vodka sponsored Elan DP-02 since the car had been upgraded with a Factory Elan Tunnel Floor and the increase in performance was immediately noticeable.
Throughout the weekend Tommy found more and more speed, made possible by the additional downforce of the full tunnel floor. In fact Tommy lowered his pervious personal best time by a staggering 2 seconds per lap.
In qualifying this increase in pace saw Tommy third in the CSR class and in the race he stepped up again to finish second in class and sixth overall.
However, it was Marc Walker and his Comprent prepared Fox-Lola 01C Sports 2000 (S2) that provided one of the most dominant results of the weekend.
Despite completing only three flying laps in qualifying Marc delivered Comprent yet another class Pole Position.
Confusion as to the location of his race gear resulted in Marc beginning the qualifying session with a very limited fuel load. However this didn't faze him or the Comprent crew. In fact the lack of fuel seemed to get Marc all fired up. Not only did he get every last drop out of the fuel tank, he got every last bit out of his Fox-Lola S2 with his pole time well under the previous lap record.
Marc went on to lead the race from the start but fell back to second position after an out- of-character and frustrating spin while overtaking slower backmarkers.
However, like his set back in qualifying, this only seemed to spur Marc on. Like a man possessed he drove to the front, catching the leader at a rapid rate and setting a new track lap record in the process, knocking 8 tenths off the previous time. His win was a just reward for a truly inspirational drive.
With that stirring performance in mind the Comprent team took to the Virginia International Raceway (Milton, NC) last weekend for the SSCA Double National Event.
Driving was again Marc Walker in his Fox-Lola Sports 2000.
On Saturday Marc qualified under the track lap record to second place on the grid. A group of 52 cars began the race and Marc finished where he started, second in class.
Sunday saw Marc improve on his Saturday qualifying performance, this time taking Pole Position. It was an outstanding lap, nine-tenths under the pervious lap record.
Marc didn't stop there though and the track record tumbled again during the race as he lowered the previous time by ½ a second.
Unfortunately Marc's pace wasn't rewarded like it had been at Road Atlanta. After leading from the start, his race was compromised by an off-track excursion and lapped traffic. Even so, Marc finished an extremely strong second.
Comprent team owner Kevin Kloepfer summed up;
"It's been particularly pleasing to see Tommy's transition to the tunnel floor, and I know he'll get even more out of the car. And just fantastic to see Marc consistently run under, and set, new lap records.
It's made for a fantastic couple of months, and Comprent and its drivers are looking forward to the next National SCCA round."
Comprent's next scheduled National SCCA event is at Road Atlanta, May 30-31.
Prior to that Comprent will head to Miller Motorsport Park for Round's 3 & 4 of the 2009 IMSA Lites Championship Presented by Frisby Performance Tire.
As per the Series' opener at Sebring, Comprent will again field five cars for its season drivers Tom Drewer, David Ducote, Wayne Ducote, Jonathan Gore, and Charlie Sheers. The event is part of the American Le Mans Series' Utah Grand Prix, May 14-17.