BCR competed with 2 cars at the scenic Watkins Glen International, as part of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series.
Misha Goikhberg was fast out of the box, and we worked hard on race pace all thru testing. We tried different shock valvings and set-ups and were pretty happy with the pace on used tires. Our first “sticker” run resulted in P2 at a 1:51.6 so we felt great about our chances.
Qualifying turned into a disaster (at least by our expectations) as Misha was repeatedly impeded by slow traffic, could not get a flyer in! This placed us 9th, a very disappointing result. We decided to try something completely different, took 4 stickers for the race and the penalty that goes with it: starting in the back of the field.
Misha delivered! By halfway thru the race, he worked his way up to fifth! What an awesome drive. Unfortunately we needed a yellow to close the 15 second gap to the lead pack and fight for a podium, but something failed in the brakes, and we had to retire on lap 24. This ended an 18 month trend for BCR without a mechanical retirement, something we have been very proud of!
Our #25 was piloted by newcomer Kent Vaccaro. With driver coach Josh Hurley’s expertise, each session was better and better and Kent achieved a 5th place qualifying result, way beyond our expectations! Kent comes from the formula world, never having raced a full size tube frame car, which makes this result all the more incredible!
Not knowing what to expect from a 100 mile race, and how the car changes, we changed the set-up slightly for the full fuel load. He drove an amazing race, keeping it clean and making his fastest laps toward the end battling for fifth, finishing in 6th position. Well done for this talented young man at only 17….
hosted round 9 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series and the BCR #10 TA2 Camaro with
driver Misha Goikhberg achieved another podium in the ultra-competitive TA2
weather and beautiful landscape marked the entire weekend, and the crew even
had time to enjoy the lakeshore and outstanding dining that Sheboygan offers!
Testing went extremely well, Misha posting fastest laps in both sessions. By practise we lost a little on the set-up and qualified 3rd. The race was exciting as Misha battled with the leaders on the initial laps. Tapped from behind, he went off track and lost a lot of time to the top 2, which we could not make up for the reminder of the green flag race. We also battled escalating water temperatures due to grass on the grill, and Misha had to nurse the car home by short shifting and closely monitoring the temperature issues. A great drive from him and a well- deserved podium finish for the entire BCR crew.
A short turn
around to make the next race at Watkins Glen will keep us super busy in the
next few days…..
BCR continues with another
solid showing at round 7 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am TA2 Championship, part of the
Nascar Xfinity weekend. With 4 Nascar drivers also trying TA2 competition, the
field was exceptionally deep, with 32 cars registered!
Newcomer to the series and BCR,
was Aaron Pettipas piloting our #25 TA2 Camaro. Having done a solid day of
testing at Shannonville a few weeks prior, Aaron was quick to get up to speed
and posted top 10 times all thru practise.
Unfortunately qualifying did not go so well; traffic and unusual
circumstances prevented Aaron from getting a clean lap, “only” posting a 12th
The race worked out far better, Aaron was able to stay clean and put in a steady performance, running consistent lap times. His efforts were rewarded with a 7th place finish, an exceptional achievement considering the field!
Misha Goikhberg, in the BCR
#10 also had a great performance. During practise, we were usually in the top
5, but struggling with understeer which we were not able to completely resolve
thru the weekend. Regardless, he managed a 4th place in quali but we
knew we were in for a tough race.
Starting on the outside, Misha was forced to concede a number of spots at the beginning, falling all the way back to 7th place. He slowly worked his way back to 5th, his car improving as the race went on. He was fighting hard for 4th place in the last 10 laps, but Mid-Ohio is notoriously difficult to pass on if no mistakes are made. He ended up 5th, another great drive.
Owner Steve Burns has decided
to sell his freshly built Trans-Am/Supercar Mustang as he is pursuing other
Serial #14, this masterpiece
took two years to complete and represents the most complex car we have ever
built at BC Race Cars. The challenge was to create a state-of-the-art Trans-Am
legal race car that can be easily converted to an unlimited category supercar.
With the help of AMB aero, a front nose/splitter, undertray and rear wing were
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form, the body generates approximately 4 times the downforce of a standard TA
In its TA legal form, the car
features all the bells and whistles of a front running machine. It is brand
new, and the asking price is less than building a new TA car alone!
Interested parties, check out
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Misha Goikhberg in the #10 BCR Camaro brought BC Race Cars its first ever Trans-Am victory in our 15 year history with the series at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix!
Not only did
Misha win, he turned the second fastest time of the race, missing it by only
0.03 seconds. “I wasn’t trying for hot laps, just maintaining the gap to
second” said Misha. The win represents his first victory in this series as
To add extra
icing on a great day for BCR, Tony Ave in the sister Camaro #25 finished 2nd
to Misha on Saturday. A 1-2 podium finish, very seldom accomplished by any team
was an absolute bonus!
As a double
header weekend, we were excited about our chances for Sunday’s race as well.
Misha started on pole, and Tony 5th as the cars were lined up
according to fastest race laps from the day before.
eventful race ensued with 4 different leaders and many stages to the race. When
the tire smoke settled, Tony Ave, in his 100th career Trans-Am race start
emerged as the winner, an absolutely amazing accomplishment! Misha drove to a
great 4th place.
“We at BCR
are so elated about the weekend, sweeping both races with our Chevy powered
Camaros at the Chevrolet Grand Prix” states Blaise Csida, team principal at
BCR. “Katech continues to be instrumental to our engine program and I know
these wins are special to them as well. We have two incredible drivers, a great
series with awesome cars, and an amazing crew to make this happen! I am so happy for us and for Misha,
it has been a long time coming. Also to be part of achieving Tony’s first win
in Detroit on his 100th start is something amazing! ”
BCR visited Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for round four of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am
series, fielding two cars in the TA2 class with two amazing drivers. Weather
was awesome, the scenery breathtaking, and the weekend was simply outstanding
with great fans and excellent organization. Credit to Trans-Am and the race
We struggled a bit with performance this weekend. We made
some good adjustments, and by qualifying the cars were pretty quick. Tony Ave,
driving our #25 Camaro, was able to put a great lap together and ended up P3.
Misha in our #10 BCR machine was looking to save his tires for the race, and
only did 3 laps, landing him in P8. Not what we were hoping for, but the
difference between P3 and P8 was 0.15 secs!
Both drivers did an amazing job on the start, moving up positions.
However, we did miss the race set-up a bit and we simply did not have the pace
on the long runs, both drivers struggling with very loose cars. They did well
to salvage 6th and 7th positions at the end, a testament
to their driving talents.
Off to Detroit in a couple of days for the next round.
Cars’ first visit to beautiful California as part of the Trans-Am series proved
a wonderful experience on many fronts.
Only our #25
Camaro with Ethan Wilson driving went as Misha had a direct conflict with his
IMSA program. We were fortunate to have partnered with Tom Sheehan and his
awesome crew who not only transported our car and allowed us to work out of
their trailer, but helped and supported us all weekend. Our success is their
achievement as well and proves the friendships between teams that exist off the
track in the Trans-Am series. Thank you Tom and all your guys!
We did not
unload well. Our information on gearing was completely inaccurate and Ethan
reported a fair bit of understeer. We were able to quickly address these
issues, and Ethan made us proud when he stuck the #25 Camaro in second during
qualifying, narrowly missing the pole by 0.15 seconds!
We also enjoyed
a good race, although we struggled a bit to keep pace with the lead pack.
Regardless, Ethan brought the car home in 3rd place, marking his first ever
Trans-Am podium finish and BCR first for the season!
Thanks to the BC Race Cars crew who did such a great job! Their jobs were even harder as the engineering was done remotely, which meant they now also had to gather and constantly feed data back to home base. Well done guys!
It has been a mixed beginning to the 2019 racing season in SCCA Pro Trans-Am for the BCR team of Camaros.
We unload well off the trailer, always quick in testing and practise, qualify well but have missed the podium at both Sebring and Atlanta. Our cars have the speed; just the podium has eluded us so far.
At Sebring, both Misha and Ethan were quick in practise but “only” qualified 6th and 7th respectively, having missed the balance just slightly. Ethan drove a great, steady race and finished a respectable 6th. Misha had an engine electrical glitch right before the race and had to start from the pits. He drove right up to 9th, turning some awesome laps in traffic, but suffered a cut right front tire and could not continue.
Round two at Road Atlanta had the highest of highs when Misha put the #10 BCR Camaro on the pole, with Ethan a strong 6th in the #25 car. This marked the first pole for BCR, a monumental moment for a small team and a testament to our crew and Misha’s driving talent.
Unfortunately, the race did not go our way. An incident with another car forced Misha off track and dropped him out of contention. He came back to finish 10th.
Ethan, on the other hand had a great race! He was consistent and quick, earning a well-deserved 4th, matching his career best!
Although we all dream of being on top of the podium, we are truly grateful for having two very talented drivers and the exceptional BCR crew working together and striving for great results.
For the first time in BC Race
Cars’s history, we achieved pole position! Misha Goikhberg drove the #10 TA2 BCR Camaro to the #1 spot at
Road Atlanta for round 2 qualifying of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series.
Although both cars were quick all weekend, Misha was not happy with the balance and unpredictable handling of the car during this morning’s practise. The crew and engineers went to work and with only minutes left to grid were able to complete a thorough rework of the set-up. Misha drove an incredible lap, right on the ragged edge and that was enough for this awesome moment for him and his team!
“I am so ecstatic right now”
says Blaise, team owner of BCR. “We have been close so many times, and I am so
proud of my driver and crew and engineers who work well together to achieve
this result. Let’s not forget that Ethan in the #25 sister Camaro qualified 6th,
so 2 cars up there with a chance to win tomorrow is fantastic!”
Of course, the real target is tomorrow’s race and we are working hard to anticipate a change in weather and how that will impact track conditions and set-up.
race car preparation, fabrication, engineering, driver training and coaching.