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SVRA ANNOUNCES B-SEDAN NATIONAL, REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 BY SVRA

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“B-Sedan Challenge Series” Response To Popular Request Of Car Owners

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a new B-Sedan Challenge Series in response to the large number of requests to showcase the popular car class. The goal is to provide a series with close, competitive racing for small bore sedans that competed from January 1966 to October 1979 in SCCA B-Sedan and the IMSA 2.5 Challenge Series. The new championships will be at both the national and regional level. Champions will be crowned at COTA during the season-ending U.S. Vintage National Championships, November 1-4, 2018.

“At SVRA we listen hard to our car owners and respond to their requests,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “The B-Sedans are popular and produce great racing. This is also how we live the spirit of vintage racing and reach out to vintage clubs across America. Bringing together all of American vintage racing on a national stage was one of the founding principles when we established the U.S. Vintage National Championships at COTA in 2013.”

In addition to a national B-Sedan championship, SVRA is sponsoring eight regional championships. The B-Sedan Challenge Series will include select races by other vintage racing clubs at no cost to those organizations. The participating teams will provide their results to SVRA where points will be tallied and posted online. The other vintage racing clubs involved are Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA), Society Of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVERN), Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing (CVAR), and Vintage Sports Car Driver’s Association (VSCDA).

The B-Sedan Challenge Series will have two classes of cars: Traditional B-Sedan 2.5 Liter cars and B-Sedan Lite. The two classes will have separate championships and the top three competitors in each will be recognized at COTA in November. The 2.5 liter designation is not to suggest cars with smaller engines can be altered to accommodate a larger engine. Consistent with the original Balance Of Power (BOP) philosophy, engine size and car weight (including driver) are considerations for what is permitted to create the balance to produce close, competitive racing. Full competition guidelines will be available at the SVRA Web site.

With a few exceptions for competition considerations, technical regulations will be consistent with how the cars were configured in their original racing days with SCCA and IMSA. Authenticity is a core ethic of SVRA vintage racing and a special President’s Award will be presented at season’s end to the team that best exemplifies authentic vintage and historic racing. Original period paint schemes including advertising are encouraged. Paddock presentation, professionalism, and hospitality of the team to fans are additional considerations for the President’s Award.

Points for the championship will be credited to the first 11 drivers at each race. Eleven points will be awarded to the winner, decreasing by one point for each finishing position down to a single point for 11th. Points will also be awarded for qualifying with a single point for each lap completed up to a maximum of eight. If circumstances force officials to rule that a qualification session must be less than eight laps, then a weighting formula will be applied to each lap to make it possible to accumulate the maximum eight points.

A competitor’s four best finishes will count toward both regional and national championships. In the case of regional championships, competitors can count only one event finish outside their home region.

The final regional race will take place on Saturday of the weekend at COTA. Regional champions will be crowned on Saturday night at the banquet for the U.S. Vintage National Championships. The final race for both classes of the B-Sedan National Championships – a double points event – will take place along with the races for the Bell Racing National Championship Gold Helmet.

The new B-Sedan Challenge Series championship is another example of SVRA’s impressive momentum, which, over the last 12 months, has attracted a record-setting number of sponsorship investors for the company. These include Sunoco Race Fuels, Jaguar, Mazda, and Harley Davidson. Company officials report consistent annual triple-digit growth since 2012. SVRA has rapidly expanded from a regional series largely concentrated in the southeastern United States to one that spans the continent at most of America’s top race courses.

 


SAM SMITH WINS 2017 HOLLEY / MSD TABS WEST CHAMPIONSHIP

NOV 5 2017 Round 8 of the Holley / MSD TABS West Series was held at Willow springs Raceway Rosamond California.

In a strange turn of events for the final round of the 2017 Holley /MSD TABS West championship series, Sam Smith ( BMW) comes away with the 2017 championship by 1 point over Mark Nettesheim ( Datsun) and 10 points over Steve Link (Datsun) as both Link and Nettesheim DNF, and DNS, respectively. The three drivers: Smith, Link, and Nettesheim, had come into round 8 as the most probable champions. Sam Smith however would not be able to start the event and this simply left Link, or Nettesheim having to essentially finish the race in almost any position for the title. For Nettesheim to win the championship he would have to finish 5th or better with Link 11th and lower, and for Link to win the championship simply finishing 11th or worse with Nettesheim not finishing would result in victory. In a head to head battle Link and Nettesheim would have to beat the other. Nettesheim also held tie breaker advantages over Smith and Link so it became a drive to survive for both Link and Nettesheim. However, it appeared since Round 1 of the TABS West  2017 season that the BMW Angels would not allow Datsun to win the championship this year. Nearly all year with the exception of Troy Ermish in his Datsun, The Venerable Japanese Marquee was absent from many podium positions in 2017. Sam Smith proved to be destiny's winner in his incredibly well prepared and reliable BMW 2002 of Mark Francis Racing. In B Sedan Light Rob Bellevue and Jim McDavid finished 1 & 2 in the overall series points championship both in BMW's also. 2018 is shaping up with many of the 2017 field returning for duty. The TA/BS WEST format is going national with a regional points system for both classes for competition nationally culminating in a national championship at SVRA's COTA event. Stay tuned to TABSwest.com for updates.


ROUND 6 & 7 DOUBLE EVENT PUTS SAM SMITH IN POINTS LEAD, WHILE NETTESHEIM MOVES INTO TOP 3

 

October 7 & 8 2017, Round 6 & 7 of the Holley / MSD Tabs West Series were held at Buttonwillow Raceway in California.

 

The weekend was a two race event, one held each day. Clockwise and Counter Clockwise each. It proved to be a battle of attrition and many cars were unable to survive to the second race. Series newcomer Sam Smith in his BMW 2002 moved into a 10 point lead in the seasonal points championship ahead of Steve Link. Top Rookie of the Year candidate Mark Nettesheim also quickly moved up the points ladder over the last few rounds and now sits in third place in the 2017 HOLLEY / MSD TABS WEST SERIES. B-Sedan light saw its youth movement of Nick Talbot and Kurt Blasman both score their second victories of the 2017 season. Rob Bellevue now sits atop the B Sedan Light points battle with a 10 point lead over BSL steady man Jim McDavid. This leaves the final race to decide both class champions. Sundays race had some confusion in the final results and showed Bob Rutledge finishing second behind Ermish. That was due to a timing & scoring malfunction on a pit stop and was corrected in the final point standings. As the 2017 season draws closer to its final event, it is clear that it will be a BMW or Datsun Championship as Alfa Romeo & Mazda were officially eliminated mathematically at this event.


 

MAZDA BITES BACK IN ROUND 5 of the Holley MSD TABS West Series at WILLOW SPRINGS 9-17-17

September 17 2017 Round 5 of Holley/MSD TABS West Series was held at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. 

Wayne Graham cruised to victory and posted his second victory of the Holley/MSD TABS West 2017 Season, while Sam Smith recaptured the points lead over Steve Link with three rounds to go. B-Sedan Lights Rob Bellevue and Jim McDavid are now only separated by seven points leading into the final rounds. Link and Smith have both dropped one event and it is a drag race to the points finish between the two. Mark Nettesheim & Christian Sniady sit firmly in third & fourth place respectively in the points chase and are top candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. Round 6 & 7 will be a double event to be held at Buttonwillow in three short weeks October 7th and 8th. Stay tuned to www.TABSwest.com for all updates.


2017 Standings

VARA VARA SVRA VARA VARA VARA VARA VARA
Standing Class Driver Make Total Points SPRING MOUNTAIN WILLOW SPRINGS AUTO CLUB
BUTTON
WILLOW
WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTON
WILLOW
OCT 7TH
BUTTON
WILLOW
OCT 8TH
WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BS SAM SMITH BMW 2002 141 25 25 0 22 23 23 23 0
2 BS MARK NETTESHEIM DATSUN 510 140 20 17 22 19 22 20 20 DNS
3 BS STEVE LINK DATSUN 510 131 23 22 23 23 0 19 21 DNF
4 BS TROY ERMISH DATSUN 510 100 0 0 0 25 DNF 25 25 25
5 BS WAYNE GRAHAM MAZDA RX 3 92 0 23 25 0 25 0 0 19
6 BS BRAD PEARCE BMW 2002 89 19 15 0 17 20 18 0 0
7 BS MATT ROSE BMW 2002 83 22 0 0 21 0 22 18 0
8 BS CHRISTIAN SNIADY ALFA ROMEO GTV 79 0 21 20 20 18 DNF 0 DNS
9 BS BOB RUTLEDGE DATSUN 510 78 0 19 0 0 19 21 19 0
10 BS RUBEN TORRES DATSUN 510 56 0 18 0 0 21 17 0 DNF
11 BS BOB WASS ALFA ROMEO GTV 54 0 16 0 16 0 0 0 22
12 BS DAVID WYCKOFF BMW 2002 41 21 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 BS PATRICK EMGE DATSUN 510 37 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 21
14 BS STEVE BRISTING DATSUN 510 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
17 BS BRIAN PAUTER BMW 2002 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
15 BS MIKE KINNA BMW 2002 21 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0
16 BS LARRY HASSELER DATSUN 510 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
17 BS PHIL EGLIN DATSUN 510 18 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0
18 BS TROY TINSLEY DATSUN 710 15 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0
19 BS JASON WHITLEY DATSUN 510 0 0 DNF 0 0 0 0 0 0
VARA VARA SVRA VARA VARA VARA VARA VARA
Standing Class Driver Make Total Points SPRING MOUNTAIN WILLOW SPRINGS AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY BUTTON
WILLOW
WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTON
WILLOW OCT 7TH
BUTTON
WILLOW OCT 8TH
WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BSL ROB BELLEVUE BMW 2002 169 25 23 25 DNF 25 23 23 25
2 BSL JIM MCDAVID DATSUN 510 157 23 22 0 23 23 22 21 23
3 BSL NICK TALBOT BMW 2002 92 0 21 0 25 0 21 25 0
4 BSL KURT BLASMAN BMW 2002 72 0 25 0 0 0 25 22 0
5 BSL BRANDON FARMER BMW 2002 42 0 20 0 22 0 0 0 0
6 BSL RICHARD WOLPOW BMW 2002 22 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 0
7 BSL KYLE BLASMAN BMW 2002 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
8 BSL
9 BSL
10 BSL
DROP LOWEST SCORING EVENT FROM TOTAL
WINNER IN CLASS
 

2018 Schedule


February 16th-18th

Round 1 Double Points Event & COTA Qualifier Spring Mountain (Hunt Course) Pahrump, NV VARA

Round 1 Double Points Event & COTA Qualifier

Spring Mountain (Hunt Course)

Pahrump, NV

VARA

March 24th & 25th

 

Round 2 & COTA Qualifier Willow Springs Raceway Rosamond, California VARA

Round 2 & COTA Qualifier

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosamond, California

VARA

April 27th-29th

Round 3 & COTA Qualifier Auto Club Speedway Fontana, CA SVRA  

Round 3 & COTA Qualifier

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, CA

SVRA

 

May 5th-6th

Round 4 Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 13 Clockwise

Round 4

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

VARA - 13 Clockwise

October 6-7

Round 7 & 8 & COTA Qualifier Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise *TWO RACE WEEKEND*

Round 7 & 8 & COTA Qualifier

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise

*TWO RACE WEEKEND*

May 31 - June 3rd

Round 5 & COTA Qualifier Sonoma Raceway Sonoma California SVRA

Round 5 & COTA Qualifier

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma California

SVRA

November 1-4

Round 9 Circuit of the Americas Austin Texas SVRA

Round 9

Circuit of the Americas

Austin Texas

SVRA

September 15th-16th

Round 6 Willow Springs Raceway Rosamond, California VARA

Round 6

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosamond, California

VARA

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B-Sedan

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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