Rounds 9 & 10 of the Skip Barber Winter SeriesMar 17, 2016
Rounds 9 & 10 of the Skip Barber Winter Series
As the Skip Barber Winter Series moved into rounds 9 and 10, it would mark the first time that the Skip Barber Race Series would race at the National Corvette Museum Raceway. The track provided a 3.7 mile challenge, while the town provided many great things for competitors to do off the track such as visit the Corvette Factory, tour the train museum or explore Mammoth Cave. This was certainly a weekend that provided the whole package for the competitors to enjoy themselves.
In Group 1, the qualifying session had competitors drive on wet and drying conditions. Times got faster and faster each lap. Kyle Masson led the way during much of the session but in the end was edged out by Devin Wojcik for the pole. As the race started Masson and Wojcik raced hard down into turn 2. Masson ended up running wide and was forced to pit for a four off inspection. This would push Masson to drive as hard as he could and when he left pit lane he was the fastest car on track for the remainder of the race. Sting Ray Robb was quick to overtake Wojcik who spent most of his race holding off a charge from Rafael Forcier. Robb would pull out a little bigger lead each lap en route to a 10 second victory. Wojcik would be 2nd and Forcier 3rd. Vincient Khristov had his best run ever coming home 4th and Masson would round out the top 5. Jeff Stern took the top spot in the Master’s category.
In Group 2 qualifying there was no shortage of excitement either. Bryan Hixon and Sam Schecter exchanged the top spot during the session with Hixon ultimately taking the pole. The race would provide more of the same excitement. Hixon and Schecter raced each other hard. Mitch Wright charged through the field up to 3rd but would not be a contender for the win in race one. Lawrence Possien would run 4th during the race en route to the Master’s Win while Chris Warner would hold onto to 5th during his first race. Up front it can down to the wire as Schecter edged out Hixon for the win by just a few tenths of a second.
In Group 3, qualifying the track was almost dry and improving every lap. Kyle Masson took a commanding pole position while Sting Ray Robb and Davis Durrett would complete the top 3. The race would see Masson jump out to an early lead and never look back. He pulled out an 8 second lead en route to a win and fastest race lap. The best battle on track was for second as Robb would be hounded by Durrett and Wojcik. In the end Robb would hold 2nd, Durrett 3rd, Wojcik 4th and rookie Mathias Soler would finish in the top 5 on debut. Jeff Stern once again took the Master’s win.
In Group 1’s second race of the weekend the conditions would be much more wet than the day before. After pressure for the first couple of laps from Wojcik, Robb would take the lead and never relinquish it. The race became a battle of who could brave the changing conditions the best. Robb would take his second win of the weekend with Wojcik 2nd, Forcier 3rd and Master’s winner Jeff Stern in 4th.
In Group 2’s second race of the weekend we saw a very close battle amongst the top 3. Mitch Wright had found the pace to challenge Hixon and Schecter. While Wright would never lead he got to watch Schechter and Hixon trade the lead from the best seat in the house. Ultimately Schecter would win by .067 over Hixon with Wright in 3rd. Lawrence Possien would once again be your Master’s winner and Chris Warner would round out the top 5.
In Group 3’s second race of the weekend we saw a closer race than the rest of the formula car races. While Kyle Masson would start on the pole, Sting Ray Robb was quick to display his speed and aggression too. Add in Wojcik and it was a 3 way battle for the win. Robb would have a small lead for a while and then he was caught by Masson and Wojcik. When the checkered flag flew it was Robb winning his 3rd race of the weekend and Masson in 2nd, Wojcik 3rd, rookie Mathias Soler in 4th and Davis Durrett in 5th. Jeff Stern took his 4th Master’s win of the weekend completing the sweep.
|Kyle Masson – 334||Jeff Stern – 277||Bryan Hixon – 346|
|Sting Ray Robb – 325||Robert Masson – 202||Felix Borodaty – 312|
|Devin Wojcik – 321||Laurence Gibson – 126||Sam Schecter – 309|
|Raphael Forcier – 268||David Panaci – 70||Zach Month – 234|
|Davis Durrett – 266||Lou Holy – 64||U.D. Ramsey – 204|
Racers will have time off before traveling to Roebling Road on March 30 – April 3 for the finale of the winter series.