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Winners of 2016 TA/BS West Round at ButtonWillow Raceway.

The second race provided us with some of the best racing around with multiple positions swaps, bumper to bumper action, and even some body contact, read the full race report below for all the exciting details.


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April 24th, 2016 TA/BS West Buttonwillow Round 2 Race Report

Round 2 of the Holley/MSD TA/BS West 2016 race season was held at Buttonwillow April 23/24 2016. Troy Ermish captured his 2nd straight pole position this season in a Saturday Qualifying Race which resulted in contact between the top 2 current points leaders Tom Neely (#37) and Steve Link (#49) knocking both drivers out and forcing the stewards to put them at the back to start for Sundays Trophy Race.  In the Main Trophy Race Troy Ermish (#38) took the lead on the green with Steve Bristing, (#22) and Matt Rose (#6) right behind. Troy Tinsley (#41) was chasing in 4th position in his first start of the season in his rare Datsun 710. Almost all drivers lowered their lap times over last year on the same 13 Clockwise track configuration. Troy Ermish began to develop an overheating issue but was able to limp it home still with a blistering fast lap time of 2:00:592.

Charging hard from the back of the pack, Tom Neely (#37) gained 10 spots during the first lap putting him in 5th place before finally finishing closely behind Matt Rose for 4th. Steve Link moved up through the field but a late lap spin left him in 6th place. By race end the top 5 finishers for B-Sedan would be Ermish, Bristing, Rose, Neely, & Tinsley.  After the race Steve Link commented "I did not like the results for me personally but I am glad to see Bristing, and Rose on the podium again."

For the B-Sedan Light class the win was easily taken by (#53) Rob Bellevue, with Craig Hickox (#10) and Kurt Blasman (#88) finishing 2nd & 3rd respectively after a race long battle in traffic. Rob Bellevue now leads the B Sedan Light points chase by 5 points and, Tom Neely leads the B Sedan points chase by a mere 1 point margin over Steve Link heading into the Double Points TA/BS West Round 3 to be held at Buttonwillow August 27 & 28 2016. 
After the B-Sedan light race Bellevue was quoted as saying jokingly "It was nice having Neely and Link start in the back to keep my competitors busy and add some distance between me and the rest of B-Sedan Light field. It is always helpful at Buttonwillow when you can use faster cars to get in your competitors way"


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2016 Standings

VARA VARA VARA VARA VARA
Standing Class Driver Make Total Points Willow Springs Buttonwillow Buttonwillow Spring Mountain Willow Springs
1 BS TOM NEELY DATSUN 510 43 22 21
2 BS STEVE LINK DATSUN 510 42 23 19
3 BS TROY ERMISH DATSUN 510 25 DNF 25
4 BS WAYNE GRAHAM MAZDA RX3 25 25 0
5 BS STEVE BRISTING DATSUN 510 23 0 23
6 BS MATT ROSE BMW 2002 22 DNS 22
7 BS VINCENT TORRES DATSUN 510 21 21 0
8 BS DAVID WYCKOFF BMW 2002 20 20 0
9 BS TROY TINSLEY DATSUN 710 20 0 20
10 BS MARK FRANCIS BMW 2002 19 19 0
11 BS LARRY HASSELER DATSUN 510 18 18 0
12 BS PHIL EGLIN DATSUN 510 18 DNS 18
13 BS BOB WASS ALFA GTV 17 17 0
14 BS MIKE KINNA BMW 2002 0 DNF 0
15 BS RUBEN TORRES DATSUN 510 0 DNS 0
VARA VARA VARA VARA VARA
Standing Class Driver Make Total Points Willow Springs Buttonwillow Buttonwillow Spring Mountain Willow Springs
1 BSL ROB BELLEVUE BMW 2002 50 25 25
2 BSL KURT BLASSMAN BMW 2002 45 23 22
3 BSL WAYNE BLASSMAN BMW 2002 43 22 21
4 BSL CRAIG HICKOX BMW 2002 23 0 23
5 BSL RICHARD WOLPOW BMW 2002 0 0 0
6 BSL NICK TALBOT BMW 2002 0 0 DNF
 

2016 Schedule


March 19th & 20th

 

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosmond, California

VARA/SVRA

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

 

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

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

 

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

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

Pahrump, Nevada

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

Rosmond, California

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


B-Sedan

B-Sedan Light

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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