The season opener for Trans-Am was held at Sebring International Raceway, and as usual, weather was perfect for 4 days, although exceptionally hot.
BC Race Cars went with 3 cars, and hope was high after a very positive test in January. As it turned out, the hot temperatures and low grip track conditions did not suit our set-ups.
Misha Goikhberg led our group with a solid 9th place qualifier. Strong result, but we just couldn’t give him a car that he could fight with for the top 3. The race was equally solid, Misha up to 8th when a silly re-start penalty, which did not improve our position, resulted in a 27th place official result. Obviously not indicative of an excellent drive and good effort by the team.
Barry Boes in our #32 BCR Camaro also had a disappointing weekend. We could not find the pace we had in January’s testing, struggling with grip and understeer. Adding to our misery, Barry was held up in qualifying, resulting in a very poor 28th. He drove a smart race and his true pace showed with a solid 18th finish out of the 40 plus car field.
Peter Klutt, an occasional driver in Trans-Am, did extremely well despite his lack of seat time. Again, qualifying did show his true speed, and he started the race in 29th. He methodically made his way thru the field and was around 16th when contact with another car ended his day early. A shame for an otherwise great weekend.
We only have one car running at the next race in NOLA, the #32 of Barry Boes. We thank our friend and fellow competitor, Mike Cope Racing, for putting us up, they are storing our rig and equipment as there wasn’t enough time to come home and return with such a short break. Just another example of the comradery between teams in this series!
Misha’s 2:07.53 Qualify Lap.