South Beloit, IL - The second round of the 2018 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire made its Mid-West trek to Blackhawk Farms Raceway for a near perfect race. With temperatures in the low 70’s and a dry track, the 22 teams started the race more than a sprint than a long distance event with several teams dipping into the 1:10 second range for open stage of the event.
At the green flag it was Jeff Purk on his Yamaha R-1 for the hole shot but that was short lived as the Team Germany-TSE 2 TSR (Stefan Dolipski, Charlie Nichols, Kenny Olsen) BMW S1000RR moved around to show the field the way. Unfortunately for TSE Racing (Cory West), a grid position infraction earned the favorite a stop and go penalty dropping him all the way back to 13th position on lap 3. For the first 13 laps it was Team Germany-TSE 2 TSR at the point then on lap 14, JB Racing (Jody Barry) pushed his Yamaha R-6 to the lead with TSE Racing following in 2nd. On lap 15, West was able to overcome his penalty and put the TSE R-6 out in front.
While the two front running machines inched away from the pack leaving the S.C.R. Team (Piotr Urlinski, Boris Mijalkovic ) BMW S1000RR, Farrell Performance (Calvin Martinez, Jason Farrell, Drew Jankord) Kawasaki ZX-10 and the Team Germany-TSE 1 (Stefan Dolipski, Carl Soltisz) BMW S1000RR to fight for the 3rd position for the next 38 laps.
As normally scheduled pit stops started, the JB Racing R-6 got hung up in 4th gear causing the biggest challenger for TSE Racing to struggle just to keep in contention through the last 25 laps. This opened the door for Farrell Performance and Team Germany-TSE 1 to trade 2nd position while TSE Racing worked on putting the entire field 2 laps down, with Farrell Performance eventually taking 2nd and Team Germany-TSE 1 in 3rd Overall. The 4th place finish was enough for JB Racing to hold on to a 9-point lead in the overall after 2 of 7 rounds in the championship over Farrell Performance.
For the GTO Class, it was Farrell Performance for the win with Team Germany-TSE 1 in second and S.C.R. in 3rd. The win moved Farrell Performance into the lead of the GTO Championship by 2 points over LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) and 5 points over Jinba Ittai (Joel Lenk) with 5 rounds remaining.
In GTU, TSE Racing took the top position with JB Racing in 2nd followed by the Team Schwags (Jonathan Schweiger, Peter Bernacchi) Yamaha R-6 for the final position on the podium. The 2nd place finish gives JB Racing a 23 point lead over National Granite (Gene Buonomo, Norman Pomerleau) in the championship chase.
The GTL class had Suzuki SV650s dominate with Team Coming In Hot (Ray Hofman, Jared Herbig) for the win, followed by Moist Leathers Racing (Steve Esch, Jeremy Sparks) and South East Sales (Greg Avello, Paul James) in 3rd place. The win keeps Team Coming In Hot perfect on the season with wins in the first 2 races of the GTL Championship.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on June 15, 2018.
Millville, NJ – The second round of the 2018 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire made its annual trek to the New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt Circuit and both the track and the weather greeted the racers with open arms. With the normal April showers happening during the overnight hours it was dry racing action making for some exciting racing and a great turnout for the joint ASRA/Championship Cup Series event with 773 entries and 182 riders enjoying the break from winter.
On Saturday it was qualifying day and the first group up were the ASRA Moto 3 riders. From the flag it was "Young Gun" Tyler Scott setting the pace for the session on his Honda NSF250. The 12 year old earned his first ASRA Pole Position with a 1:33.295, nearly 5 seconds faster than the field.
Next group out were the ASRA SuperStock machines and it was no surprise that Frank Babuska Jr. set a new qualifying record on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 of 1:24.755 after lots of pressure from Mark Heckles riding a Yamaha R-1 just a mere 0.163 seconds behind. Another qualifying record was set by Chet Finkbeiner on a Yamaha R-1 for the ASRA Amateur SuperStock class at 1:31.800.
That brought out the ASRA ThunderBike and Defending ASRA and CCS National Champion Ray Hofman secured the top qualifying at a 1:33.436 while David Reuben grabbed the top spot for the Amateur ThunderBike.
The last qualifying session was ASRA SportBike and 2015 ASRA Sportbike Champion Xavier Zayat riding a Suzuki GSXR 600 to pole position. For the Amateurs, it was Raphael Donde who captured the top spot with a Yamaha R-6.
By the time the races started on Sunday it was dry conditions and the first class on the track was ASRA SuperStock and Heckles wasted no time in applying the pressure to Frank Babuska Jr. Despite turning the fast lap of the race, Heckles faded on his Ryders Alley R-1 after the seventh lap, allowing Babuska on his Babuska Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 to take an 8 second victory with James Shepard finishing third behind Heckles. The Amateur class was won by Chet Finkbeiner on his Team Pro Motion R-1, setting a new record at 1:13.127.
Then it was time for ASRA ThunderBike to take to the track and after a great battle among the top 4 riders, it was Ray Hofman on his Farrell Performance Ducati 749 for the win, Bart DeFrancesco finished second on the DC Paintwurx SV 650 and Tyler Scott in 3rd on the Honda NSF 250. The Amateur win went to David Reuben on the Amsoil SV650.
As ASRA SportBike took to the track, it was no surprise that Xavier Zayat gapped the field on his Metric Devil Moto Yamaha by over 16 seconds but the real battle was for second place between William Ely on the Absolute Cycle R-6 and Bailey Cox on the MRP Motorsports ZX-6. After 9 laps, Ely edged out Cox by 0.008 seconds for second position in one of the best finishes of the weekend. The Amateur SportBike class was won by Andrew Snyder on his Vortex Racing Honda CBR600.
The final ASRA race of the day was Moto 3 and Tyler Scott took off like a jack rabbit for the first 4 laps when Luigi Mora's Kawasaki blew the fill plug out of the cases and oiled the track putting Tyler and three other motorcycles down starting lap 5. That meant a restart from running order and for a few laps Stu Aitken-Cade made things tough on the "Young Gun" but in the end Scott took the win on his NSF 250 by 2.084 seconds. Aitken-Cade on his Rising Sun Cycles RS 125 held off Frank Guadagnino's VP Fuels RS 125 for second place. Top Amateur in Moto 3 went to Jason Wood on the Cement Works Racing Yamaha R-3 who finished fourth overall behind the Experts.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV on May 26-28, 2018.
Receiving awards on the podium in addition to Eslick, who won the race, were Cory West #13 (2nd) and Robertino Pietri #311 (3rd).
Also shown in this photo are: Michael Barnes #34, Geoff May #99 (who finished in 4th), Valentin DeBise #53 and Shane Richardson #28.
The Racewurx© Online Entry System for ASRA and CCS races has been finalized and will be opening in stages over the week for Florida, Atlantic, Mid-West, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast and Team Challenge.
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The 2018 Tentative Schedules for the ASRA Sprint Series and the ASRA Team Challenge Series have been announced and posted. Use the information found in these first schedules for planning purposes only, since they are subject to change as track contracts and agreements are finalized.
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