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….

Misha & BCR Podium at Road America

Road America hosted round 9 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series and the BCR #10 TA2 Camaro with driver Misha Goikhberg achieved another podium in the ultra-competitive TA2 class!

Perfect weather and beautiful landscape marked the entire weekend, and the crew even had time to enjoy the lakeshore and outstanding dining that Sheboygan offers!

Testing went extremely well, Misha posting fastest laps in both sessions. By practise we lost a little on the set-up and qualified 3rd. The race was exciting as Misha battled with the leaders on the initial laps. Tapped from behind, he went off track and lost a lot of time to the top 2, which we could not make up for the reminder of the green flag race. We also battled escalating water temperatures due to grass on the grill, and Misha had to nurse the car home by short shifting and closely monitoring the temperature issues. A great drive from him and a well- deserved podium finish for the entire BCR crew.

A short turn around to make the next race at Watkins Glen will keep us super busy in the next few days…..

For Rent #25 TA2 Camaro

BCR #25 TA2 Camaro is seeking a funded driver for the VIR event September 19-21, 2019 and the Daytona Event mid November.

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.

  Built in 2018, the car has finished every race it ever started, and is fully adjustable to driver preference.

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

Mid-Ohio Trans-Am Report

BCR continues with another solid showing at round 7 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am TA2 Championship, part of the Nascar Xfinity weekend. With 4 Nascar drivers also trying TA2 competition, the field was exceptionally deep, with 32 cars registered!

Newcomer to the series and BCR, was Aaron Pettipas piloting our #25 TA2 Camaro. Having done a solid day of testing at Shannonville a few weeks prior, Aaron was quick to get up to speed and posted top 10 times all thru practise.   Unfortunately qualifying did not go so well; traffic and unusual circumstances prevented Aaron from getting a clean lap, “only” posting a 12th place.

The race worked out far better, Aaron was able to stay clean and put in a steady performance, running consistent lap times. His efforts were rewarded with a 7th place finish, an exceptional achievement considering the field!

Misha Goikhberg, in the BCR #10 also had a great performance. During practise, we were usually in the top 5, but struggling with understeer which we were not able to completely resolve thru the weekend. Regardless, he managed a 4th place in quali but we knew we were in for a tough race.

Starting on the outside, Misha was forced to concede a number of spots at the beginning, falling all the way back to 7th place. He slowly worked his way back to 5th, his car improving as the race went on. He was fighting hard for 4th place in the last 10 laps, but Mid-Ohio is notoriously difficult to pass on if no mistakes are made. He ended up 5th, another great drive.

Watch a lap with Misha G at Mid-Ohio:

Trans-Am/GT1/Supercar up For Sale!

Owner Steve Burns has decided to sell his freshly built Trans-Am/Supercar Mustang as he is pursuing other interests.

Serial #14, this masterpiece took two years to complete and represents the most complex car we have ever built at BC Race Cars. The challenge was to create a state-of-the-art Trans-Am legal race car that can be easily converted to an unlimited category supercar. With the help of AMB aero, a front nose/splitter, undertray and rear wing were commissioned, all of which can be easily changed within a few hours. In this form, the body generates approximately 4 times the downforce of a standard TA car!

In its TA legal form, the car features all the bells and whistles of a front running machine. It is brand new, and the asking price is less than building a new TA car alone!

Interested parties, check out the ad below and contact Blaise Csida for details.

https://www.racingjunk.com/GT/183226919/Trans-Am-GT1-Unlimited.html

HISTORIC 1-2 and 1-4 at BELLE ISLE!

Misha Goikhberg in the #10 BCR Camaro brought BC Race Cars its first ever Trans-Am victory in our 15 year history with the series at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix!

Not only did Misha win, he turned the second fastest time of the race, missing it by only 0.03 seconds. “I wasn’t trying for hot laps, just maintaining the gap to second” said Misha. The win represents his first victory in this series as well.

To add extra icing on a great day for BCR, Tony Ave in the sister Camaro #25 finished 2nd to Misha on Saturday. A 1-2 podium finish, very seldom accomplished by any team was an absolute bonus!

As a double header weekend, we were excited about our chances for Sunday’s race as well. Misha started on pole, and Tony 5th as the cars were lined up according to fastest race laps from the day before.

A very eventful race ensued with 4 different leaders and many stages to the race. When the tire smoke settled, Tony Ave, in his 100th career Trans-Am race start emerged as the winner, an absolutely amazing accomplishment! Misha drove to a great 4th place.

“We at BCR are so elated about the weekend, sweeping both races with our Chevy powered Camaros at the Chevrolet Grand Prix” states Blaise Csida, team principal at BCR. “Katech continues to be instrumental to our engine program and I know these wins are special to them as well. We have two incredible drivers, a great series with awesome cars, and an amazing crew to make this happen! I am so happy for us and for Misha, it has been a long time coming. Also to be part of achieving Tony’s first win in Detroit on his 100th start is something amazing! ”

Watch a lap with Misha on his way to victory…

Lime Rock Report

BCR visited Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for round four of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series, fielding two cars in the TA2 class with two amazing drivers. Weather was awesome, the scenery breathtaking, and the weekend was simply outstanding with great fans and excellent organization. Credit to Trans-Am and the race track.

We struggled a bit with performance this weekend. We made some good adjustments, and by qualifying the cars were pretty quick. Tony Ave, driving our #25 Camaro, was able to put a great lap together and ended up P3. Misha in our #10 BCR machine was looking to save his tires for the race, and only did 3 laps, landing him in P8. Not what we were hoping for, but the difference between P3 and P8 was 0.15 secs!

Both drivers did an amazing job on the start, moving up positions. However, we did miss the race set-up a bit and we simply did not have the pace on the long runs, both drivers struggling with very loose cars. They did well to salvage 6th and 7th positions at the end, a testament to their driving talents.

Off to Detroit in a couple of days for the next round.

Watch Tony Ave’s quali lap:

Great First Visit to Laguna Seca

BC Race Cars’ first visit to beautiful California as part of the Trans-Am series proved a wonderful experience on many fronts.

Only our #25 Camaro with Ethan Wilson driving went as Misha had a direct conflict with his IMSA program. We were fortunate to have partnered with Tom Sheehan and his awesome crew who not only transported our car and allowed us to work out of their trailer, but helped and supported us all weekend. Our success is their achievement as well and proves the friendships between teams that exist off the track in the Trans-Am series. Thank you Tom and all your guys!

We did not unload well. Our information on gearing was completely inaccurate and Ethan reported a fair bit of understeer. We were able to quickly address these issues, and Ethan made us proud when he stuck the #25 Camaro in second during qualifying, narrowly missing the pole by 0.15 seconds!

We also enjoyed a good race, although we struggled a bit to keep pace with the lead pack. Regardless, Ethan brought the car home in 3rd place, marking his first ever Trans-Am podium finish and BCR first for the season!  

Thanks to the BC Race Cars crew who did such a great job! Their jobs were even harder as the engineering was done remotely, which meant they now also had to gather and constantly feed data back to home base. Well done guys!

Trans-Am Race Report- BCR

It has been a mixed beginning to the 2019 racing season in SCCA Pro Trans-Am for the BCR team of Camaros.

We unload well off the trailer, always quick in testing and practise, qualify well but have missed the podium at both Sebring and Atlanta. Our cars have the speed; just the podium has eluded us so far.

At Sebring, both Misha and Ethan were quick in practise but “only” qualified 6th and 7th respectively, having missed the balance just slightly. Ethan drove a great, steady race and finished a respectable 6th. Misha had an engine electrical glitch right before the race and had to start from the pits. He drove right up to 9th, turning some awesome laps in traffic, but suffered a cut right front tire and could not continue.

Round two at Road Atlanta had the highest of highs when Misha put the #10 BCR Camaro on the pole, with Ethan a strong 6th in the #25 car. This marked the first pole for BCR, a monumental moment for a small team and a testament to our crew and Misha’s driving talent.

Unfortunately, the race did not go our way. An incident with another car forced Misha off track and dropped him out of contention. He came back to finish 10th.

Ethan, on the other hand had a great race!  He was consistent and quick, earning a well-deserved 4th, matching his career best!

Although we all dream of being on top of the podium, we are truly grateful for having two very talented drivers and the exceptional BCR crew working together and striving for great results.

Misha Goikhberg and BCR Grab Pole in Atlanta!

   For the first time in BC Race Cars’s history, we achieved pole position!  Misha Goikhberg  drove the #10 TA2 BCR Camaro to the #1 spot at Road Atlanta for round 2 qualifying of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series.

Although both cars were quick all weekend, Misha was not happy with the balance and unpredictable handling of the car during this morning’s practise. The crew and engineers went to work and with only minutes left to grid were able to complete a thorough rework of the set-up. Misha drove an incredible lap, right on the ragged edge and that was enough for this awesome moment for him and his team!

“I am so ecstatic right now” says Blaise, team owner of BCR. “We have been close so many times, and I am so proud of my driver and crew and engineers who work well together to achieve this result. Let’s not forget that Ethan in the #25 sister Camaro qualified 6th, so 2 cars up there with a chance to win tomorrow is fantastic!”

Of course, the real target is tomorrow’s race and we are working hard to anticipate a change in weather and how that will impact track conditions and set-up.

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