Recently at the Sumas International Motorsport Academy, there was yet another stellar Winter Series race. The second of the winter races, it was characterized by all the same qualities as the first round, sun, unseasonably warm weather, record breaking turnout, and fierce competition up and down the grid.
In all, 80 drivers from all over the region competed in the race, as SIMA extended a warm thank you to the participants and sponsors - VP Fuel, MG Tires, the Seattle Mariners, Le Crocodile Restaurant in Vancouver, GMZ Wheels, Vancouver Canucks and Designs of All Kinds.
The first class on the grid was TaG Sr., where a few surprise entrants spiced up competition and made for some interesting racing. After starting in the back in the pre-final, Remo Ruscitti and Scott Hargove clawed their way through the field to finish first and second, respectively. Ethan McDade finished third.
IAME Sr. was the usual spectacle of nose-to-tail racing in both the pre-final and the final. Ruscitti’s driving was on form, as he pulled away from two-time national champion David Jurca to win the race. Michael Valiante finished third.
In the shifter class, it was this time Valiante who came away with the win over Ruscitti. Hargrove finished the race in third place.
In the TaG Masters class, there were a colossal 18 entrants. As one might imagine with that many karts on track, the racing was an interesting sight. Series first-timer Joey McGuire came away with the win over SIMA veteran Kurt Fisher. Having just recovered from serious illness, Ron Hyde battled his way into third.
The Junior and 4 cycle classes, though smaller than the rest, continue to enjoy growth. In 4 cycle, Keith Robinson, Joe Palmer, and Claudio finished first, second and third respectively. In Junior, there were drivers with various restrictors, technically earning all five of them a place on their designated podiums. Nonetheless, SIMA looks to these youngsters as the source of a promising future.
The SIMA series is quickly becoming the strongest club-level series in the region. The next race and the last of the Winter Series, will be on March 30th. Registration is now open, so be sure to preregister and save $25 by going to http://www.motorsportreg.com
The six-round Summer Series begins on May 4th. Don't forget, winners of the TaG Sr, TaG Masters, IAME Sr. and Shifter classes will be awarded fully-sponsored trips to the IAME International Final in France on October 19th.