Ottawa Citizens Race Series: GT Race #4

Event 4

The second half of the season started with an interesting change, a 2 minute mandatory pitstop was added for all competitors.  It could be taken anywhere in the race, as long as it wasn’t taken in the first 5 laps.  The strategies varied, from the very serious, with sideline helpers and strategists with stop watches, to the nonchalant, parking the car, getting out for a drink, leaning on the pit wall, hoping 2 minutes passed, getting back in and taking off.  The pitstop added some interesting twists to the race and most drivers had no idea where they had placed, unfortunately, due to a glitch neither did the timing system!  After some math, picture and video review, and some testaments from the drivers, the run order was figured out…unfortunately only after the podium pictures were taken!

The Calabogie Mustang Class only had one driver for this race, so all Steve Bruder in the number 08 Calabogie Mustang had to accomplish was to cross the finish line.  After he completed 26 race laps the checkered flag dropped for Steve for his second win of the season and his third top 2 finish!

The GT1 Class had some very serious contenders this event, with lap times dropping each race the action keeps getting hotter.  James Bergeron again found the grip and the speed to cross the finish line in first.  The real race to watch though was the battle for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th between Chris Bernier, Greg Van Dalen, and Geoff Chislett. With some amazing passes, and 40 minutes of wheel-sawing driving on the edge, Chris managed to finish ahead of Greg and Geoff, for a well deserved win for a fantastic race.

The GT2 class, again the largest class on the track, and leading that pack and destroying the competition by finishing 43 seconds ahead of 2nd place was Erwan James in his #308 GTI. Following in 2nd was race Veteran Stephen Rocque in his Ford Merkur, and the top 3 was rounded out by new comer Louis du Toit in a BMW 328 Race Car with help and coaching from Maxime Vadeboncoeur of SimplyFast Motorsports (www.simplyfast.ca).

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