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TA2 Ride available for 2019

BCR is proud to offer our #25 TA2 Camaro for the 2019 SCCA Pro Trans-Am series to funded drivers. This is a remarkable race car that was built in 2018 and competed in 8 TA2 races last year, always running in the top 5! We also had 3 podiums with 3 different drivers, which speaks for how good the car is and how easily we can change it to suit individual driving technique.

We are a professional racing team, and carry spares to fix just about any issue at the track. Our car finished all sessions and races last year, save for driver induced crashes.

Please contact us for details, preference will be given to drivers who want to do the series or multiple races.

Blaise Csida

blaise.csida@bcracecars.com

647-283-1306

Race Car Apprentice Needed!

BC Race Cars Inc., a premier road racing company located near Peterborough, Ontario is seeking self-motivated, reliable individuals with a great attitude. This is an entry level opportunity; we are willing to train and allow the applicant to grow with us. Must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Must have passport to travel to USA
  • Must have mechanical aptitude, preference given to stock car racers/mechanics
  • Must be reliable with positive attitude, and anxious to learn
  • Must be willing to commit to entire racing season

We offer excellent salary with lots of overtime possibility, and great working environment. This is an exciting job, where no two days are the same! Interested applicants contact:

Blaise Csida

647-283-1306

blaise.csida@bcracecars.com

Rebuilding Time at BCR!

While the winters are long in Ontario, there is no time to waste. We are heading to Sebring in February, leaving only a few months to rebuild the cars.

The last few weeks have been dedicated to rear ends and transmissions, some new that needed gear changes, some old, and some in between. But we don’t only do 4-speeds; any racing transmission; four, five or six speed, gated or sequential. Please give us a call if you need yours done and avoid the spring rush!

 

 

Blaise

647 283 1306

Race Report from COTA/Daytona

Back to back race weekends in Texas and Florida marked the season’s end for the SCCA Trans-Am series and BCR’s final races for 2018. It was a most enjoyable trip all around, having travelled thru 16 states and driven over 7,000 kms, a testament to Penny’s (our team manager and organizer) planning talents.

COTA provided the closest finish in Trans-Am history, the win decided by 0.06 seconds. Unfortunately, we finished 2nd, but we were very satisfied with a great weekend and an amazing drive by Misha Goikhberg who was never separated by more than 0.6 seconds from Gar Robinson thru the entire race. Two great drivers, two great cars, trading spots back and forth. This podium marked the 3rd consecutive podium finish for BC Race Cars’s #25 TA2 Camaro, with 3 different drivers! We think a first achievement in TA2 competition history.

 

Daytona was also exciting, where all the teams were pushed to the limit to change the cars over from COTA to Daytona set-up and make the 1800 km trip in time for load-in. We were fast out of the box, but soon realized that our tired engine (ran all season in the car) was no match at this horsepower track . As usual, Misha did an outstanding job, but lost the draft in quali and we ended up 6th. Misha worked his way up to 4th when we were punted from behind, falling back to outside the top 10. With less than 10 laps to go, Misha was on a mission, and drove all the way back to a 5th place finish!

We thank all our great drivers this year; Tony Ave, Misha Goikhberg, and Harry Steenbakkers for showing what our car can do! Also many thanks to our crew, Mike Nelson, John Bissette, Jeff Porter who worked tirelessly to prepare and maintain the race car (which did not have a single DNF), our Team Manager  and our engineers.

Watch a quali lap with Misha at COTA:

“Super Car” ready for Delivery

BC Race Cars is proud to complete another ground-up build, a hybrid Trans-Am/Super-production race car, the 14th TA-based chassis we have manufactured.

Dubbed the “ Super Car” by owner Steve Burns, this car represents the most complex and sophisticated race car we have ever built at BC Race Cars. The challenge was to build a car that is far quicker than a regular Trans-Am car, but can be converted to a legal TA machine quickly and easily.

We realized early in the design stage that this could only be achieved thru aerodynamic additions; we would leave the chassis, driveline and most of the bodywork as per Trans-Am rules for easy conversion. AMB Aero of Japan was contracted to evaluate the current aero and design the upgrades required. With their expertise and a 100 hours of CFD work, they presented the final drawings, which included a unique nose, upgraded wing, and full undertrays.

In its TA form, this is already a wicked machine; we spent time at a K & C rig to evaluate the chassis, and made changes based on our findings. All the modern, top level parts can be found; Lozano D3 engine, Emco 5-speed sequential gearbox, Motec dash and telemetry with all the sensors and rear view camera to name a few.

Unbolt the nose and rear wing, install the Super nose and wing and add two under trays is all it takes for the conversion; it generates approximately 4 times the down force of a regular Trans-Am car! In fact, it generates enough that we had to add bump stops in the suspension to prevent the car from being slammed into the ground!

We are grateful to Steve for allowing us to design, engineer and build this beauty; it has been a most complex and rewarding challenge! We anxiously await this car’s development while we ponder its potential.

BCR Scores 2nd at VIR!

Pro driver Tony Ave gave BCR its highest finishing position yet, placing second in the SCCA Pro Trans-AM series at Virginia International Raceway, and a second consecutive podium in two races!

We unloaded well, meaning the car was quick out of the box. Testing on Thursday was a mixed bag as all classes of Trans-Am ran together and it was very difficult to obtain any meaningful data. Regardless, we got a chance for Tony to make some minor adjustments, and for him to get used to a TA2 car again, after not having driven one since March of this year.

We had a great qualifying session, Tony blasting off an almost perfect lap early on. We had the pole for most of the session, but right at the end, Scott Lagasse Jr. would better us by 0.06 seconds, dropping us to second.

The race was equally exciting, the front three taking off, and Tony making his way to the top and leading for about 5 laps. He reported that the car was a tad too loose, so he let the 2 cars pass, following them and saving his tires. A late race caution allowed us to cool the tires off, and with a few laps to go, the top 3 again blasted off, turning some of the fastest laps of the race. After much dicing, Tony was able to bring our TA2 Camaro home in second place, a fantastic result for BC Race Cars and a truly great drive from Tony Ave!

The result is especially satisfying for our team, as our car, while immaculately prepared and engineered, is essentially a rental car; anybody can rent it and go racing, either in Trans-Am or in local club racing events. Please contact Blaise with inquiries.

Below is Tony’s quali lap at VIR:

BCR Podiums at the Glen!

 

Success marked round 8 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am championship at Watkins Glen International, with 2 cars finishing in the top ten and Harry Steenbakkers driving to a podium finish in our house car, the #25 TA2 Camaro.

 

Mike McGahern, driving the #48 Ottawa Solar Power TA2 Camaro, had a troubling start to the weekend, chasing vibration issues in the driveline. The crew ripped the car apart, and was able to repair it in time for qualifying but we lost a test session. Mike qualified 16th, but raced well, avoiding some crazy spins ahead of him and drove home in a well-deserved 10th!

Harry was a little rusty as he had not driven a professional race car in exactly a year, but got up to speed quickly. We were able to make some good adjustments and worked on race set-up more than qualifying speed. He still managed an 8th starting position and drove an incredibly mature race. We hang back, not forcing passes, just steadily moving up and saving the tires. After the second yellow flag, with 6 laps to go, Harry made a pass into 3rd and had an awesome race with Shane Lewis, the top 3 checking out, and Harry setting 2nd fastest lap of the race. He would finish 3rd, only 1.5 seconds separating the top 3!

Watch a few laps with Harry fighting Shane at the end:

The Great Road America-TA2 Report   

BC Race Cars had Misha Goikhburg  driving our #25 TA2 Camaro at beautiful Road America for round 7 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am championship. Also under our tent was the #43 of Roberto Sabato.

As usual, we unloaded at 98%, running in the top five in the four test and practice sessions. We were very happy with our progress but qualifying was a little disappointing, landing us in 9th place. Even though Misha put in a great effort with his best lap of the weekend, the top ten were only separated by 0.7 seconds around this super long track!

Misha advanced a few positions on the start, but a yellow interrupted his progress. On the next restart, he again made up a few spots, but had a wild spin during an attempt for 4th. We weren’t sure what caused the spin, so we checked the car out thoroughly in the pits before returning to the race a few laps down. That is racing!

Watch Misha’s quali lap:

Mid-Ohio Report

What a weekend at Mid-Ohio as BCR competed with our #25 TA2 Camaro driven by Misha Goikhberg, while also under our tent was the #43 of Roberto Sabato in his TA2 Mustang. The weather held off, no rain, and as usual it was a first class event at a premier race track.

Our weekend started extremely well, with great test day lap times where we were able to evaluate a number of set-up changes. Official practise was even better, placing us P5 and P3. We were super excited for qualifying as we felt our car was definitely a top 3 contender! Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in, and expecting rain, we went with an in-between set-up. We only managed 11th…..

We were excited for the race, knowing our car is fast but also anxious as Mid-Ohio is a very difficult track to pass on, especially with the TA2 cars as they are so equal in performance. Misha did a great job at the start, picking off cars, about 1 a lap. Sadly, as he was passing a car, he made contact at the tire, causing an immediate flat. By the time he limped all the way around into the pits, and the crew changed the tire, we were 4 laps down. We finished the race and even passed the car that eventually finished 5th, so the pace was there.

Misha will drive for us again at Road America in a couple of weeks. We appreciate the great job he did this weekend at a very difficult track. Watch a few laps from the start of the race:

 

BCR’s New TA2 car blisters a 1:20.6 !!!

A great test day at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, organized by Roberto Sabato, proved to be a wonderful day of testing for BC Race Cars’ 2018 TA2 car, based on a Howe chassis.

Canadian driver Misha Goikhberg (who won the Watkins Glen 6 hours a few weeks ago overall in a prototype) was piloting our #25 Trans-Am TA2 car, eventually achieving a lap time of 1:20.690 in a mock-qualifying run! We believe this is the fastest a legal TA2 car has ever achieved at Mosport race track. A big thank you to Misha for an incredible drive, not just for that lap but the entire day of testing; consistent, fast, and excellent feedback which made the engineering easier.

But no success comes without hard work: the crew of Eric Miller and Mike Nelson did an amazing job in the sweltering heat of 32° C, with numerous changes of shocks, springs, anti-roll bars, even an entire steering rack! Thank you guys for your hard work and dedication.

To put this lap time into perspective, a new GT3 Cup Car, costing more than 3x of this TA2 car and running on much wider tires is only a few tenths faster. For those who would be interested in trying this incredible car, or having one built for them, please contact Blaise for details.

In the meantime, enjoy a few laps with Misha: