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. 

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!

Daytona 2019 Trans-Am Report

The Trans-Am finale for the 2019 season was held at Daytona International, a great place to be where hotels are close, restaurants are plentiful and the weather is usually beautiful.

BCR was fielding two TA2 cars, Misha Goikhberg in our #10 Camaro and a last minute deal put Canadian Peter Klutt (of Legendary Motorcar) in the driver’s seat of our #25 car. Peter is no stranger to Trans-Am and has competed numerous times in the past, but never with us. 

We ran both cars in race trim on the first day of practise, always placing in the top ten. With the series attempt to equalize the different engine manufactures, the restrictions placed on the Chevy LS3 engines was VERY wrong for a track with long straightaways. Unfortunately, the Chevy LS3 equipped cars were simply not competitive at this event. With modern telemetry and Dartfish video, we established that our deficit was 1.2 seconds per lap, which could not  be made up with great handling at a track like Daytona.

So we spent the weekend doing testing, changing set-ups for every session; might as well learn all we can. Both cars were handling fantastic in the race, and as usual, Misha drove superbly and ended up 5th; a great achievement considering the handicap.

Peter had to start last in the race, and quickly made up ground, all the way to 6th position! It was exciting to watch, obviously the car working well and Peter driving great. Unfortunately a multi-car pile-up crashed him out of the race. Definitely a shame, his drive would have made him a strong candidate for the “hard charger” award!

A big thanks to the BCR crew, they were busy this weekend! Repairing cars, changing complete set-ups (we did 3 complete set-up changes with different shocks and springs), and getting it right for the race on both cars!

For Rent #25 TA2 Camaro

BC Race Car’s #25 2018 TA2 Camaro is now available for the 2019 final event at Daytona International Speedway, November 13th to 16th.

During the first six races of this season, with two different drivers, this car has achieved three podium finishes; 3rd, 2nd, and a win at the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The BCR #25 car currently holds 7th position in the 2019 Team Championship Standings. It has been raced by 4 drivers for 9 of the 12 events this year and has finished in the top 7 in eight of those events.

This race car is fully adjustable to driver preference.

Interested parties, please contact Blaise: blaise.csida@bcracecars.com

Frustration at COTA for The BCR Team

It was a weird weekend that started so well and ended so badly for BC Race Cars at the pre-ultimate round of the Trans-Am TA2 race in Texas.

We had a great time all the way thru the weekend, both cars and drivers doing well all thru testing, practise and qualifying. The crew and drivers managed the extreme heat well, and we were looking forward to a great race on Sunday.

Misha Goikhberg, in our #10 Camaro was quick out of the box, 3rd, 1st and 2nd thru testing and practise in this huge 33 car field! He also had a fantastic qualifying session where he put the car in second place, only a 0.1 secs off pole. But the race did not go our way; while we were always in contention, the car was a little free thru the race, and Misha was battling for 3rd place thru the last few laps of the contest. He was passed and re-passed another car. There was some contact and Misha was penalized for “avoidable contact”, which robbed us of a podium finish after the penalty was applied. Of course, we see it as a racing incident.

Ethan Wilson was back in our #25 BCR Camaro. Not having driven a TA2 car since Laguna, he was up to speed quickly, getting used to the car again. As usual, he drove a great weekend, not a scratch on the car.

Ethan was entered in the West Coast championship (a race within the race), and he was easily the quickest in that group. In fact, his qualifying effort earned him a 6th overall, with the car being a little tight. We made some adjustments for the race, and he was leading the West Coast group when a sudden brake failure forced his retirement. Super frustrating as a win was so close!

 

Off to the final round at Daytona in November!

Unceremonious Podium for BCR @ VIR Sept, 2019

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!

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