Winners of 2016 TA/BS West Round 3 at ButtonWillow Raceway.
With several rookies joining our growing series the racing has never been more exiting. Many new drivers bring their skills to the track and throw down with the top TA/BS West racers. Round 3 was full of excitement and some amazing racing, read the race report below for all the details.
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August 28th, 2016 TA/BS West Buttonwillow Round 3 Race Report
Round 3 of the Holley/MSD TABS West Series proved to be the toughest yet as several cars in the field broke in qualifying with the hot weather fatiguing many drivers and cars alike. New to the series were five rookies making their TABS West debut. Patrick Emge, and Stan Wallis in B-Sedan, with Jim McDavid, Steve Villata, and Jason Whitley joining B-Sedan Light.
Rob Bellevue in B-Sedan Light, and Troy Ermish in B-Sedan took the pole positions for each class for Sunday's double point race. The temperature at the green flag was 99 degrees. Troy Ermish started at the back of the field for being late to grid and this left Matt Rose sharing the front row with Troy Tinsley for the start of the race. All cars made it through turn 1 on the green cleanly without incident and by the end of lap 1 Rose was firmly in the lead with Troy pulling through field to catch Tinsley and Rose. By lap 3 Ermish slid into the lead and held it until the finish line with Rose finishing 2nd and Tinsley finishing 3rd in B-Sedan.
The tightest racing of the day was found in the burgeoning B-Sedan Light ranks which now boasts 13 cars. The cost effective entry level B-Sedan Light class is turning into the perfect price point class with near to B-Sedan lap times on economical budgets. Long time series driver Craig Hickox and Richard Wolpow in his beautifully prepared Blue and White BMW were in a tight duel until a mid race spin took Hickox out of the hunt for the podium. At the front of the BSL field Bellevue was nursing a wounded car in the lead holding off Nick Talbot who later spun and was unable to continue. This left Kurt and Wayne Blasman firmly in 2nd and 3rd respectively for the finish. The championships are wide open in each class with the next two events being double points events and almost all drivers are mathematically capable of winning the titles with strong finishes at the Round 4 event in October at Spring Mountain and the season finale at Willow Springs in November.
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|Standing||Class||Driver||Make||Total Points||Willow Springs||Buttonwillow||Buttonwillow||Spring Mountain||Willow Springs|
|1||BS||TROY ERMISH||DATSUN 510||75||DNF||25||50|
|2||BS||MATT ROSE||BMW 2002||68||DNS||22||46|
|3||BS||TROY TINSLEY||DATSUN 710||64||0||20||44|
|4||BS||TOM NEELY||DATSUN 510||43||22||21||DQ|
|5||BS||STEVE LINK||DATSUN 510||42||23||19||0|
|6||BS||WAYNE GRAHAM||MAZDA RX3||25||25||0||0|
|7||BS||STEVE BRISTING||DATSUN 510||23||0||23||0|
|8||BS||VINCENT TORRES||DATSUN 510||21||21||0||0|
|9||BS||DAVID WYCKOFF||BMW 2002||20||20||0||0|
|10||BS||MARK FRANCIS||BMW 2002||19||19||0||0|
|11||BS||LARRY HASSELER||DATSUN 510||18||18||0||0|
|12||BS||PHIL EGLIN||DATSUN 510||18||DNS||18||0|
|13||BS||BOB WASS||ALFA GTV||17||17||0||0|
|14||BS||MIKE KINNA||BMW 2002||0||DNF||0||0|
|15||BS||PATRICK EMGE||DATSUN 510||0||0||0||DNS|
|16||BS||STAN WALLIS||DATSUN 510||0||0||0||DNS|
|17||BS||RUBEN TORRES||DATSUN 510||0||DNS||0||0|
|Standing||Class||Driver||Make||Total Points||Willow Springs||Buttonwillow||Buttonwillow||Spring Mountain||Buttonwillow|
|1||BSL||ROB BELLEVUE||BMW 2002||100||25||25||50|
|2||BSL||KURT BLASSMAN||BMW 2002||91||23||22||46|
|3||BSL||WAYNE BLASSMAN||BMW 2002||87||22||21||44|
|4||BSL||CRAIG HICKOX||BMW 2002||63||0||23||40|
|5||BSL||RICHARD WOLPOW||BMW 2002||42||0||0||42|
|6||BSL||JASON WHITLEY||DATSUN 510||38||0||0||42|
|7||BSL||JIM MCDAVID||DATSUN 510||36||0||0||36|
|8||BSL||NICK TALBOT||BMW 2002||0||0||DNF||DNF|
|9||BSL||STEVE VILLATA||DATSUN 1200||0||0||0||DNS|
March 19th & 20th
Willow Springs Raceway
Season kicks off at Willow Springs Raceway a 9 turn 2.5 mile long road course located in Rosamond, California. Willow Spring features a front straight where cars can exceed 120 mph.
April 23th & 24th
VARA - 13 Clockwise
Race two goes down in sunny Buttonwillow California at the famous Buttonwillow Raceway. The 498 acre facility features 12 turns on 3.1 miles of racing tarmac.
August 27th & 28th
VARA - 25 Counter Clockwise - Double Points Event
Race three brings us back to Buttomwillow but this time in a counter clock wise orientation for added complexity to push the skills of the drivers and their cars.
September 30th, October 1st, & 2nd
Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch
VARA - Double Points Event
Race four has us tearing up Spring Mountain's new 3.0 mile long race track configuration.
November 5th & 6th
Willow Springs Raceway
VARA - Double Points Event
The 2016 season will come to an end at Willow Springs Raceway, where the TA/BS Champion will be crowned.
TA/BS West Drivers
A Brief History on the origins of the Two-Five Challenge Series
The Trans-Am racing series has been around since 1966, it was created by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) President John Bishop. Trans-Am was originally open to FIA Group 2 Touring Cars where it was broken down into two classes, the over 2.0 Liter class and the 2.0L and under class. The first race was held in 1966 at Sebring International Raceway with the overall winner (under 2.0 L enter) driving a Alfa Romeo GTA. As racing continued it was decided in 1971 to rename the under 2.0 Liter class to the Two-Five challenge and increase the engine displacement to 2.5 Liters. Alfa and Datsun dominated the series however, after many wheel to wheel battles and close bumper to bumper racing the Datsun’s came out victorious. Today if you attend a race you will see the same rivalries from the 1970s dueling it out on the track, showing what the drivers and the cars alike are capable of and for the brief moment in time you'll be taken back to the golden age of racing.