Misha Goikhberg, driving the #10 BCR TA2 Camaro, was the sole runner for BC Racecars at Virginia International for round 11 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series.
As usual, we had a lot of fun, but the weekend was far from smooth. We struggled with a loose car all weekend, plus a very unusual clutch failure in first practice. It definitely hampered our customary progress thru the sessions, but we were making gains as numerous changes were made to the car to help our driver.
Misha’s driving talent sure carried the car this weekend, and he was able to qualify 4th, only 0.8 second off the pole. With some last minute changes for the race, we were not hopeful.
In fact, Misha dropped back to 6th early in the race, struggling with race pace. A tap and spin put him even further back, at one point running down in 10th position. But he drove well and made it back to 6th on pure pace.
A mechanical failure of the leading car plus a violent crash in the closing laps promoted us to 4th. Satisfied with a solid result despite not having the best car, we left feeling good. A few days later we were informed that a disqualification resulted in us being 3rd! A podium is a podium, we will take it!
A milestone performance was the highlight of the weekend, as Rob Martin piloted his #167 Camaro to a best lap time of 1:23.1 during Friday’s test day. The lap time was especially impressive as the car was on used tires and full of fuel.
The lap time exceeded our goal of high 23’s by the end of the season. Rob has worked hard on his driving with some coaching and BCR on getting the car to where it is comfortable to drive.
His consistently fast performance showed all weekend, as he finished 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd for the three races in the Pirelli GT Sprints. Great results and a step closer to securing a second place in the Championship!
Watch a few laps with Blaise in the BCR#25 TA2 race car in testing:
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….
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