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TABS WEST ROUND 1 2017 RACE REPORT

BMW’S DOMINATE IN FIRST ROUND

Feb 19 2017 Pahrump Nevada: Round 1 of the HOLLEY / MSD TABS WEST SERIES was held at Spring Mountain Race Track on the “Mansel Course” new lap records were set in both classes as BMW’s dominated the opening round. Pahrump’s race on the TABS West Schedule is only for the hardcore racers who will brave in climate weather and the long trip into the desolate terrain. B-Sedan Rookie Sam Smith BMW 2002 scored his first career victory also in his first TABS West race and posted the new lap record in the process of a 2:45:428. Rob Bellevue in his BMW 2002 continued his win streak and also posted a new B-Sedan Light lap record for the course of a 2:48:365 finishing ahead of Jim McDavid in his Datsun 510. Matt Rose who started at the back of the pack due to a mechanical failure in the qualifying race came through the field edging out David Wyckoff for third place and nearly catching second place finisher Steve Link who podiumed in second place. The Series also welcomed new Rookies in B-Sedan with Brad Pierce, and in B-Sedan Light with Scott Parsons. Round 2 will be held at Willow Springs March 25th and should prove to be a large field of cars.

2017 Standings

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Standing Class Driver Make Total Points SPRING MOUNTAIN WILLOW SPRINGS AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY BUTTONWILLOW WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTONWILLOW OCT 7TH BUTTONWILLOW OCT 8TH WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BS SAM SMITH BMW 2002 25 25
2 BS STEVE LINK DATSUN 510 23 23
3 BS MATT ROSE BMW 2002 22 22
4 BS DAVID WYCKOFF BMW 2002 21 21
5 BS BRAD PIERCE BMW 2002 20 20
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Standing Class Driver Make Total Points SPRING MOUNTAIN WILLOW SPRINGS AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY BUTTONWILLOW WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTONWILLOW OCT 7TH BUTTONWILLOW OCT8TH WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BSL ROB BELLEVUE BMW 2002 25 25
2 BSL JIM MCDAVID DATSUN 510 23 23
3 BSL SCOTT PARSONS BMW 2002 22 22
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2017 Schedule


February 17th-19th

Round 1 Spring Mountain (Hunt Course) Pahrump, NV VARA

Round 1

Spring Mountain (Hunt Course)

Pahrump, NV

VARA

March 25th & 26th

 

Round 2 Willow Springs Raceway Rosmond, California VARA

Round 2

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosmond, California

VARA

April 28th-30th

Round 3 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, CA SVRA  

Round 3

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, CA

SVRA

 

May 6th & 7th

Round 4 Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 13 Clockwise  

Round 4

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

VARA - 13 Clockwise

 

September 16th-17th

Round 5 Willow Springs Raceway Rosmond, California VARA *DOUBLE POINTS EVENT*

Round 5

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosmond, California

VARA

*DOUBLE POINTS EVENT*

November 4th-5th

Round 7 Willow Springs Raceway Rosmond, California VARA

Round 7

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosmond, California

VARA

October 7th-8th

Round 6 Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise *TWO RACE WEEKEND*

Round 6

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise

*TWO RACE WEEKEND*

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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.

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