The finale of the TORA ASCC is upon us where all the championships will be claimed, apart from the GT title which TUS Switch has claimed - undefeated - with a round to spare. Here’s a quick summary of how that came to be along with what to look for the Petit showdown this weekend at Road Atlanta!
The groundsmen and women worked overtime to get Road America ready for over fifty racers on ASCC race day. Qualifying was another close affair. AMS Swiift was fractions off breaking into the 1:49s but confident he had done enough, he banked his lap. It paid off as HCR Hamish qualified 0.3s behind, ahead of AMS Axel R and HCR Motorhead. TUS Switch made his quest to wrap up the GT title easier with pole ahead of teammate Phloofy. EVR LiamT and Koenigsegg R completed the second row.
There was drama at the start as Motorhead passed Axel R but was hit off into turn 1 which put him right at the back, severely denting any hopes of a successful title defence. He would have to fuel save to the end. Daytona suffered a control issue which put him in the wall.
In GT, everything was going right for Switch at the start and he was well on his way to the title. It was status quo behind, just as it was in the DP field, up until Swiift, leading comfortably, made a mistake at the very fast turn 11, incurring damage and losing a spot to Motorhead before subsequently retiring.
There was more late drama as Motorhead pit on the last lap for a splash and dash, but Axel had an incident at turn 9 with TUS Phloofy which took the latter out of second place, Axel subsequently received a penalty after the race. The Happy Cats went the distance, Hamish taking the advantage in the title race ahead of Boxer, Axel and Motorhead who salvaged fourth.
TUS Switch’s four from four sealed the championship with a round to spare ahead of EVR LiamT, Koenigsegg R, HCR Cerberus sniping fourth at Phloofy’s misfortune where he was fifth.
The rest is still all to play for. Provided Hamish, Boxer and Motorhead can surpass and nullify their round one results, it means that should Hamish or Boxer be top of the trio, the title is theirs. Motorhead needs to beat them by two clear places to retain the title. Given how close they have all been this season, it is still anyone’s championship.
Second is all to play for in GT, with HCR Cerberus defending it as it stands. Second place on the road will do for him, but to fend off a late charge by Koenigsegg R he has to at least be the next man behind him. EVR LiamT and TUS Phloofy are still in contention, needing a major points swing against all respective rivals.
Kaido HCR Scuderia look good in the Prototype team standings, and surely any results will do to retain that. Their closest challengers are TUS Racing DP. Kaido HCR Schnitzer extended their points lead at Road America making them favourites in GT, ahead of a pair of SFM teams, all of which are in BMW machinery. Henkymetcola and Ax4x MeaD 212 are your leading privateers respectively.
Make sure you don’t miss the final round!
Article written by Motorhead