BCR Set-Up Wins 5th Straight GT-1 Championship

BCR wins Ontario GT-1 Pirelli Sprint Championship for 2020 with the #120 TA2 Trans-Am Camaro! 

 

To make things even better, Mark Busscher, also running out of the BCR garage wins 2nd in the Championship, with his #184 TA2 Camaro, a great accomplishment in only his second year of competing with this car.

Due to Covid restrictions, our cars that normally would be competing south of the border were sitting around. We made the decision early on to enter one of the cars in every race of the series, something we have never done due to other obligations. We used the year not only to have fun but tune and develop the car, which we did. Every weekend we showed up with improvements and a different set-up, and until the last weekend (due to track conditions and traffic in quali) we were always able to improve the car and achieve a faster lap time.

The GT1 class has improved tremendously over the years; it is bigger than ever in recent memory, and consists of many cars that are capable of winning. These TA2 machines are definitely not the fastest, but are tuned to the maximum and we enjoyed 100% reliability with both cars.  Many thanks to our crew, Mike, Jeff, Zac, Brian, Norm, Cam, Martin for their hard work, knowledge and expertise in keeping the cars sound and reliable.

We are also very proud that the GT-1 Sprint Championship in Ontario has been won by a BCR built and set-up race car for the last 5 years in a row! Some were our cars, some we built for customers, and some we just set-up and engineered. Regardless, we hope you contact us for all your race car needs; we know how to make race cars go fast!

Indian Summer Trophy Races Report

BC Racecars entered two Trans-Am TA2 cars in the GT Sprints category for the BEMC organized September weekend. Beautiful, crisp Canadian weather marked a great weekend where many personal best were achieved as track conditions were near ideal.

Blaise Csida, driving the #120 TA2 Camaro set a personal best in qualifying , a 1:19.524, the first time that a TA2 based stock car went sub-20 at Mosport (to the best of our knowledge). Of course the car is not a fully legal trim, with the restrictor out (which adds about 40 HP) and 80 lbs of lead removed. The car is otherwise as raced in TA2. With Jim Beaton’s Grand Am Corvette suffering some damage from Friday’s testing, the #120 took all 3 wins for the weekend.

Mark Busscher, driving the #184 TA2 Camaro also had a great weekend, achieving a personal best of 1:23.387! No major troubles and some great racing resulted in a 2nd, 3rd and another 2nd for the final trophy race.

Many thanks to our great crew, both cars were immaculately prepared and set-up for all sessions, without any issues what so ever, allowing us to concentrate on changes and tire pressures which proved crucial with the cold temperatures.

Watch quali lap from Blaise, including a big mistake in T5 (cost about 0.3 seconds):

 

 

BCR Shannonville Report August 15 &16, 2020

Round 3 of the Ontario Pirelli GT Sprints were held at Shannonville Motorsports Park, near beautiful Belleville, Ontario.

BCR fielded three cars in the GT1 class, which unfortunately became two after an engine failure Friday afternoon for the #167 Camaro of Rob Martin. We were extremely disappointed, especially after a full day of testing without any issues or warning signs that anything was amiss.

Saturday’s events were run on the long track, with the #120 of Blaise Csida taking pole and the win in the afternoon race, and Mark Busscher qualifying 3rd and finishing 4th. Sunday the organizer switched to the Pro configuration. The first race was tricky as on and off showers made for a difficult decision on tires. The top 3 all decided on wets, which in hind-sight was the wrong call as the track dried within a few laps of the start of the race. We struggled terribly to hang on and finished 3rd and 4th.

The last race was redemption, as track conditions were near perfect and BCR brought it home with a 1-2 finish. Another great club race weekend, many thanks to the crew and organizers.

Watch Blaise qualify on the long track:  

 

GT-40 Kit Car Completed at BCR

We at BRC sometimes take on strange and non-racing related projects, especially for good customers and interesting challenges.

About 18 months ago, we were contacted by a long-time customer, asking if we would take on assembling and building a Ford GT-40 replica car from South African manufacturer CAV. Not having much interest in old cars, I had to look up the car and its history. Seemed intriguing. This was prior to the release of “Ford vs. Ferrari”!

About 14 month ago a huge transport container showed up, with a chassis, body panels and thousands of parts all bubble-wrapped. Friend and previous BCR employee Martin Lee took on as lead on the project, and we spent the first 2 weeks of the build unwrapping and cataloguing parts.

As we learnt, the driveline, brakes and tires had to be supplied locally. We chose a fuel injected 331 cubic inch small block Ford, and Porsche 5-speed transaxle. The brakes are Wilwood, and we secured a set of period correct appearing Avon tires.

Unlike race cars, street cars have glass, air conditioning, heater, carpet, glass and other creature comforts. There were many days and weeks of frustration, but at the end we are really proud of building this super cool looking machine.

Hand-off was last Friday at Calabogie Motorsports Park, where after an expert tune and chassis dyno, the car took to the track for its maiden voyage. It sounded awesome and looked remarkably quick! It stood out among its far more advanced modern peers, the latest GT-40 and the Mark 2 version.

Thanks to our customer for trusting us with this project, and to my friend Martin for masterminding the build. 

PUTTING RACING FIRST!

 Mike Cope Racing Enterprise of Clearwater Florida and BC RACE CARS of Cavan Ontario are in “it” together at Mid-Ohio for Canadian TA2 driver Misha Goikhberg.

With the Canadian-American border extending its closure until July 21, 2020; making it to The Trans Am by Pirelli event at Mid-Ohio for the June 26-28 weekend for the BC RACE CARS’ Team was almost impossible.  Getting the BC RACE CAR’s #10 TA2 Chev Camaro was maybe a possibility, the crew more difficult, and the mandatory 14 day quarantine returning to Canada was a show stopper!

Misha was already in the USA and ready to get back to racing after the long hiatus since the Sebring event at the beginning of March.  His race car was ready to go; we all wanted to get back to racing after a 100 days of being in lock down……but the pandemic.

Race Team owners Blaise Csida and Mike Cope have been competing against each other for years.  Even thru the ups and downs of racing both of these TA2 Trans Am team owners have a great respect for one another.  The friendship just came easy.

So what do you do you do when you need help…..you call a friend.  And what does Mike do for BC RACE CARS and Misha?  He loads the #99 TA2 Mike Cope Ford Mustang on the trailer for Misha and heads to Mid-Ohio for both of us.  Misha’s race car will be competing as the Cope/BC Race Cars Ford Mustang for the weekend.   That is the true meaning of Team Work.

We at BC RACE CARS send our greatest appreciation to the Team of Mike Cope Racing for putting together a competitive car for Misha to stay in the 2020 Trans Am TA2 Championship.

We will be cheering you on from home via the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing app.

BCR’s First Canadian 2020 Test Day Report

What a treat to finally get back on a race track at Shannonville’s Spring Fling test day!

Marked by beautiful weather, responsible social distancing and fantastic new paddock, owner of BCR Blaise Csida took to the track in Misha Goikhberg’s 2019 TA2 winning Camaro. It was a low-key affair, no professional crew, just Blaise and Penny out for a day of fun. Even so, friends Scott Zurrer and professional crew Jeff Porter dropped by to lend a hand.  As expected, the car performed extremely well with some major developments since last year. In fact, it posted a lap time over a second faster than last year’s car.

It was great to see many familiar faces, and some new comers. After being shut down since March, it was an encouraging sign of firing back up again. We look forward to some racing!

A few laps on the Pro circuit configuration:

Photo by: Richard Coburn
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Trans-Am TA2 Race Car for rent!

BC Race Cars Inc. is looking for funded drivers for our #20 BCR Camaro TA2 car, starting with round two at Road Atlanta March 27-29th, 2020.

The #20 Camaro is a 2019 model, having competed all last year in TA2 (as the #10 TA2 car piloted by Misha Goikhberg)and has all the latest features and upgrades. In fact, this car sat on pole at Atlanta last year and is a proven race winner.

We offer a complete arrive and drive package, with engineering and driver coaching included. Interested drivers please contact us:

Blaise: 1-647-283-1306

blaise.csida@bcracecars.com

Great 2020 start for BCR

The 2020 season started well for BC Race Cars Inc. First, an awesome 2-day test at Sebring where we got to shake down the new #10 BCR Camaro and improve at a track we traditionally struggle.

Misha Goikhberg, the full time driver of the #10 invited AJ Allmendinger for the test to help us with set-up. For the team, it was  exciting to have AJ there; not only is he a world-class driver, he is also an awesome person, a true pleasure to work with.

His feedback was essential, and with the help from RE Suspension, we were able to dial our set-up. AJ shattered the TA2 track record, even the new one set a week later by Mike Skeen during the Trans-Am opener. See AJ in action:

For the Trans-Am season opener, BCR had the #10 of Misha G. and returning to drive the #20 BCR Camaro was Peter Klutt. The weekend progressed well; we kept working with both cars on race set-up rather than worrying about qualifying. We knew we had the pace from the previous week. Unfortunately, as it often happens in racing, an unexpected black flag during qualifying prevented Misha from getting the lap we were hoping for, leaving him in 10th place. Peter was not far behind in 12th, having turned his best ever lap at Sebring.

The race was super exciting, as Misha went from 10th to 4th on the opening lap! It earnt him the “Cool Move” of the race. A late race yellow resulted in a 2 lap shoot out, an exciting battle with Rafa Matos for 3rd position. We ended up forth, a well- earned spot among all top level drivers/teams.

Peter’s race was equally exciting to follow; he slowly and consistently gained positions thru the race. His tires started to go off by lap 20 as he was fighting in a tight knit pack of five cars. He ended up 8th, again exceptional performance for a part-time TA2 driver.

Watch Misha’s opening lap from the race:

Our 2020 Season is about to start

BC Race Cars Inc. is pleased to announce the return of Misha Goikhberg as the driver of the #10 BCR Camaro in the SCCA Pro Trans-Am TA2 series. Just as last year, Misha’s primary racing is in the IMSA series, but he will participate in as many TA2 events as possible.

Bearing the same number, this is a brand new car that has been built over the last few months. Hundreds of minor improvements were incorporated into the build, and we are very excited to evaluate their potential.

Also returning for the season opener in Sebring is Peter Klutt, piloting Misha’s car from last year, now the #20 BCR Camaro. Not to be outdone by the new car, the #20 received the same attention over the winter. We welcome Peter back, hopefully he will find the time to do a few more races with us in 2020.

The cars will be tested at Sebring in the next 10 days, prior to the Trans-Am race at the end of the month. The BCR crew is excited to get back to Florida this time of the year and to have the opportunity to test before the season opener. More after the test…..

2019 Year in Review: BC Race Cars Inc.

Overall, it was an incredible year of racing achievement for a modest team from Cavan, Ontario, both in the professional ranks of Trans-Am racing and at home running the Ontario Championships.                         

Running in the Pirelli GT Sprints, Rob Martin and Mark Busscher were both fully supported by BCR. Both of them had to learn new cars, and finally enjoyed some well-deserved reliability and success on the track. Mark continually improved thru the season and really started to understand the car by mid-year. An unfortunate incident put him out for the balance, but we are super excited about this combination of driver/car for 2020!

Rob Martin’s car was new to him and us, so we both had to learn and understand what it needs. Rob did a great job, always giving us good, calm feedback and that resulted in the fastest lap he has ever done at Mosport, a 1:23.1! Not too shabby for an inexpensive stock car…….He also finished 37 of the 43 available sessions of testing and racing, enjoying fantastic reliability as well. More to come for this combo, some major handling improvements are planned for 2020!

Jim Beaton, piloting the BCR re-built C6 Corvette won the championship in GT-1 again! Jim does a great job driving and maintaining the car, but we feel proud that yet again, a BCR engineered car takes the top step!

In Vintage, Del Bruce carried the flag for BCR with a great 2nd place in the Championship for the VH1 class with his #99 Corvette. Congrats!

In the pro ranks, it was a year of firsts as well; not only did we get our first ever Trans-Am win, we got two! Running a limited number of events, Misha Goikhberg gave us our first win, and also achieved three podiums in 11 races.  Not only is Misha an incredible driver, but he and coach Bob Perona are constantly pushing us to improve and excel! We are ecstatic that they are back with BCR for 2020!

Our second car, the #25 Camaro, also enjoyed great success. Good friend Tony Ave became the second winning driver for BCR. He also scored a second place finish in the three races he entered with us and created many memorable moments (and bent race car pieces) in the process. Luckily, close mutual friend David Jans was there to ease the pain……

The #25 car also had an incredibly talented driver line up in 2019. Ethan Wilson was a great addition to the team, competing in 4 events and achieving a podium and running in the top 6! He should have had two podiums but for a bizarre brake caliper failure at COTA where a win in the West Coast race looked certain

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Also driving that car were Aaron Pettipas (who liked it so much they bought the car from us), Kent Vaccario and Peter Klutt. All three did fabulously in their first and only race thur BCR with Aaron finishing 7th while Kent placed 6th! Peter would have also achieved a top 10 as he was running in 6th place when an incident ended his day.

None of this could have happened without the commitment and dedication of our team members, both full time and part time; Andrew Zitman, Blaise Csida, Brian Jeffries, Frank Neilsen, Jeff Porter, John Maloney, John Scrill, Kevin Jones, Martin Lee, Matt Waugh, Michael Morgan, Mike Nelson, Norm Wallace, Penny Knapp, Ralph Nelson, Robert Knapp, Scott Zurrer, Zac Mahoney. Awesome team!

We thank all our great customers and wish them continued racing success in 2020!

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