Watkins Glen TA2 Report

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….