GRANTSVILLE, Utah – John Weisberg of Webster, N.Y., drove inside of Toby Grahovec in the last corner of the last lap Saturday to win the TC/TCA/TCB Round 10 event in spectacular fashion in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of UMC presented by Energy Solutions at Utah Motorsports Campus.
Weisberg, driving the No. 5 BERG Racing Mazda MX-5, slid inside Texas’ Grahovec in turn 15 and went on to a 0.055-second TC Class victory over Patrick Gallagher of Thomville, Ohio in the No. 54 Atlanta Motorsports Group Mazda MX-5 and point leader Grahovec’s No. 26 Classic BMW Motorsports BMW M235iR. Fourth went to 16-year-old Max Fedler of Denver, Colo., in the No. 05 Summit of Everest Motorsports BMW M235iR with Kristian Boodoosingh of San Fernando, Trindad in fifth in the No. 34 CA Sport Nissan 370Z.
A full course yellow with only a few laps remaining in the 40-minute race forced a one-lap shootout between leader at the time, Grahovec, Weisberg and Gallagher. Grahovec held the advantage into turn one but couldn’t hold off the Mazda challenge on the final turn from Weisberg and Gallagher.
Friday’s race winner, Adam Poland of Ft. Worth, Texas, saw his race end early when he stalled his No. 33 Doghouse Performance Mazda MX-5 on the front row at the standing start. The entire field (40 other cars) missed Poland’s mount at the starting line but Adam failed to continue.
“What a fantastic race with Toby and Pat,” said Weisberg. “I have to thank Mazda and Redcom, Power Brake, Enkei Wheels, for giving me a car that could do it. I was settling for third. I knew Pat would try to make a move on the last lap and hoped to maybe benefit from that but it was better than expected. It’s a great comeback for the team after a disappointing race yesterday. To win today is just so satisfying. Two other BERG Racing cars in this race is so cool. I hear my wife turned her fastest lap of the weekend in that race. It’s just a really great day.”
In the TCA division, it was Jason Wolfe, the defending point champion, capturing his second win of the weekend in the No. 12 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Forte Koup by bettering 2015 TCB series champion Johan Schwartz of Huntersville, N.C., in the No. 66 Shea Racing Honda Civic Si at the checkered flag. Rounding out the podium in TCA was Joey Bickers of Moorpark, Calif., in the No. 49 Atlanta Motorsports Group Mazda MX-5 Cup.
Eric Powell of Orlando, Fla., collected fourth place in TCA with his No. 23 TechSport Racing Mazda MX-5 with fifth going to Kris Wright of Pittsburgh, Pa., in his No. 35 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Forte Koup.
“It’s was a good race,” said Wolfe. “The guys behind me were battling there and it allowed me to get a good gap at the start. I saw Joey (Bickers) coming in my mirrors pretty rapidly. I think he was about a half-second a lap faster then me in the end. The yellow-white checkered certainly made it interesting. This track suits the car very well, the turbo in altitude works well, it’s a great track,” he concluded.
Tom O’Gorman of Mason, Ohio continued his hot streak with a fourth-consecutive TCB win Saturday in the No. 94 Black Armour Helmets Honda Fit. O’Gorman has swept the two rounds at Road America and with this win provisionally swept here at Utah Motorsports Campus. O’Gorman had a tight battle with Ted Hough of Farmington, Minn., in the No. 68 Breathless Racing Mazda 2 which saw the two drivers swap leads several times during the race. Third went to 15-year-old Henry Morse, a winner at CTMP earlier this year, in his No. 14 Hale Motorsports Mazda Mazda2.
Fourth place in TCB went to the No. 25 TechSport Racing Chevrolet Sonic of P.J. Groenke of Richmond Hill, Ont., Can., followed by second-generation racer Canaan O’Connell of Chandler, Ariz., in the sister car to Groenke, the No. 24 TechSport Racing Chevrolet Sonic. O’Connell, son of the four-time GT series champion Johnny O’Connell, made his PWC pro debut at Utah with second and fifth place race finishes this week.
“It was another day of managing the tires and managing the traffic, especially today more than any other race of the season,” said O’Gorman. “The drivers in the other classes treated us like gentlemen. We were getting racey when the full course caution keep out late in the race. Ted (Hough) and I swapped positions once. And he couldn’t get me back late in the race. There was a lot more debris on the track surface today than Friday. I was getting a lot of tire pickup and gravel. At the start, Ted and I got a good little breakway. I come from an autocross background, so standing starts are my thing. Ted and I raced smart early to get away from the guys banging each other behind us. After four race wins in a row, I feel confident with the Honda Fit. It is good knowing I can come into a round, feeling like I can win. Now we have to go to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in hopes of continuing the string,” O’Gorman finished.
TC / TCA / TCB Round 10 competition saw the following awards issued:
The Optima Batteries Best Start award went to Eric Powell in the TCA No. 23 TechSport Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup car for his seven-position gain from the start.
The KIA Turning Point was determined to be the Full Course Yellow issued for Brian Lift’s TC No. 99 Outlier/Scion Group Porsche Cayman off-track excursion deep into the gravel at turn 13.
The Cadillac Best Move of the race went to John Weisberg in the TC No. 5 BERG Racing Power Brake/REDCOM/Red Line Oil/Powerflex/Mann’s/Miller/MCS Mazda MX-5 for his pass on the No. 26 and No. 54 cars during the the last lap for the race win.
The VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award was issued to Eric Powell (TC No. 23) for his eventual ten-position gain from his qualifying grid position.
The battles for the TC classes points championships come to a head on October 7-9 as teams close out the season at MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca, with some teams competing for double-points in the quest for the championship.
Grantsville, UT – Results from Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship TC / TCA / TCB Round 10, part of the Grand Prix at UMC Presented by Energy Solutions. Results are provisional until posted Final.
Pos. PIC, Class, Name, Hometown, Car, Laps, Status
1. 1, TC, John A. Weisberg, Webster NY, Mazda MX-5, 17, Running
1. 2, TC, Patrick Gallagher, Thornville OH, Mazda MX-5, 0, Running
3. 3, TC, Toby Grahovec, Little Elm TX, BMW M235iR, 17, Running
4. 4, TC, Max Fedler, Denver CO, BMW M235i, 17, Running
5. 5, TC, Kristian Boodoosingh, San Fernando Trinidad, Nissan 370Z, 17, Running
6. 6, TC, Tony Rivera, Vista CA, Nissan 370Z, 17, Running
7. 7, TC, Steve Burns, San Antonio TX, Ford Mustang, 17, Running
8. 8, TC, Anthony Geraci, Glen Head NY, Mazda MX-5, 17, Running
9. 9, TC, Shea Holbrook, Orlando FL, Honda Accord V-6 Coupe, 17, Running
10. 10, TC, Kevin Krauss, Fishers IN, Porsche Cayman, 17, Running
11. 11, TC, Nick Wittmer, Montreal Canada, Honda Accord V-6 Coupe, 17, Running
12. 12, TC, Daniel Moen, Rindge NH, Mazda MX-5, 17, Running
13. 1, TCA, Jason Wolfe, Mt. Vernon OH, Kia Forte Koup, 17, Running
14. 13, TC, Dinah Weisberg, Webster NY, Mazda MX-5, 17, Running
15. 2, TCA, Johan Schwartz, Huntersville NC, Honda Civic SI, 17, Running
16. 3, TCA, Joey Bickers, Moorpark CA, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
17. 4, TCA, Eric Powell, Orlando FL, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
18. 5, TCA, Kris Wright, Pittsburgh PA, Kia Forte Koup, 17, Running
19. 6, TCA, Elivan Goulart, Shelton CT, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
20. 7, TCA, Forrest Landy, Great Falls VA, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
21. 8, TCA, Mason Filippi, Alamo CA, Mazda MX-5, 17, Running
22. 9, TCA, Daniel Williams, Scottsbluff NE, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
23. 10, TCA, Paul Whiting, Las Vegas NV, Honda Civic SI, 17, Running
24. 11, TCA, Spencer Patterson, Pittsburgh PA, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
25. 12, TCA, Steven Streimer, Sherwood OR, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 17, Running
26. 13, TCA, Matthew Fassnacht, Madison NJ, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 16, Running
27. 14, TCA, Jay Salinsky, Miami FL, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 16, Running
28. 15, TCA, Kevin Anderson, Huntington NY, Mazda MX-5 Cup, 16, Running
29. 16, TCA, Samantha Tan, Gormley ON, Honda Civic SI, 16, Running
30. 1, TCB, Tom O’Gorman, Mason OH, Honda Fit, 16, Running
31. 2, TCB, Ted Hough, Farmington MN, Mazda 2, 16, Running
32. 3, TCB, Henry Morse, Redondo Beach CA, Mazda 2, 16, Running
33. 4, TCB, P.J. Groenke, Richmond Hill ON, Chevrolet Sonic, 16, Running
34. 5, TCB, Canaan O’Connell, Chandler AZ, Chevrolet Sonic, 16, Running
35. 6, TCB, James Wilson, Kyle TX, Mazda 2, 16, Running
36. 7, TCB, Jasper Drengler, Shawano WI, Honda Fit, 16, Running
37. 14, TC, Brian Lift, Crestwood IL, Porsche Cayman, 11, Not Running
38. 38, TC, Vesko Kozarov, Salt Lake City UT, Nissan 370Z, 3, DNF
39. 39, TC, Jason Fichter, Jupiter FL, Honda Accord V-6 Coupe, 3, DNF
40. 40, TC, Steve Kohli, Iowa City IA, Honda Accord V-6 Coupe, 0, DNS
41. 41, TC, Adam Poland, Ft. Worth TX, Mazda MX-5, 0, DNS