BC Race Cars Inc. was excited to have 3 cars running at the famous and challenging Road Atlanta circuit. We acquired a new trailer that can accommodate 4 cars and were anxious to try out our new set-up.
In TA2, Steve Kent Jr. was again piloting the BCR #07 Camaro, with team mate Mike McGahern returning to the series in his #48 race car. Having two cars really seemed to help as the drivers were able to compare telemetry and we were able to sort the set-ups quicker.
In Ta, Allan Lewis was carrying the BCR flag, having rebuilt the car over the winter and installing a new electric power steering system, that we had only tested briefly at Mosport.
Allan struggled a bit in practise and qualifying but we were hopeful for a the race as his car tends to be very consistent over the 100 mile race. Unfortunately, he collided with a TA3 car while trying to make a pass, ripping his nose wide open, and subsequently loosing his hood at 185 mph! He pitted numerous times to secure underhood items that were ready to fly off, but still managed his fastest lap of the weekend and came in a respectable 12th, although a few laps down.
In TA2, 38 cars took to the track, an amazing number for a single class in any event. In this ultra-competitive series, we were satisfied with Steve’s 9th place qualifying effort and Mike place 19th gave us a different race strategy. Unfortunately, Steve’s transmission hang up in 2nd gear, forcing a pit stop that would eventually put him a lap down and in 20th position at the checker flag. Too bad, as he was driving with the lead group, we obviously had the speed, just not the luck on our side.
Mike McGahern drove perhaps the best race of his career, avoiding some horrendous wrecks in front of him. He was fast and he was steady, and had plenty of car left at the end when it counted. He finished 11th, not a small feat in a series with so many pro drivers!
Congrats to him and the crew for a job well done!
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