Late Model Road Racing with ISRA!
- Saturday, 05 May 2012
- Colin MacLean
Season 5 of the ISRA Sport Touring Championship (STC) will get underway May 17th at Watkins Glen.
After four highly successful seasons, this season the STC will be racing the Monte Carlo SS Late Model. If you’ve never driven this car on road courses, you’re missing out. It’s possibly the best road racing car in iRacing right now. It’s fast, fun, can take a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. It’s a great road racing car! New to the Late Model? Don't worry, ISRA provide great setups to get you on track and racing with a minimum of fuss. The race format just adds to the fun. Each race meeting is two 25 minute sprint races. The second race has grid inversion so a good finish in race one means a battle royal in race two. It's great fun and race two is always fantastic to watch.
The green flag drops Thursday nights at 10pm EST with the server opening at 7:30pm. We welcome all iRacers regardless of experience level, speed or talent. All we require is a friendly attitude, respect and the desire to have fun on the track with a group of like-minded racers.
If you’re interested visit http://www.israleague.com and join our community of over 700 iRacers in the most fun road racing series on the planet.
Feel free to PM me with any questions about the series or ISRA.
See you on the track!
Graulty Takes Double In STC Opener
- Wednesday, 21 March 2012
- Mike Young
The STC kicked off it's fourth season with a visit to the class Mid Ohio circuit. This season of the Sport Touring Challege features the Street Stock and Mustang challenging each other head on. This first round featured two 20-minute races. The first race set the grid through an open qualifying session. The second race's grid was set by inverting the top 11 finishers from the first race.
Daniel Graulty and John Middleton were the class of the field during qualifying, both putting in a time over a half second faster than the next qualifier, Matthew Voigt. The two front runners got away quickly leaving the rest of the field to battle it out into the Mid Ohio chicane. A quick spin by Joe Junior into the Keyhole caused some mayhem and bunched the field up. The battle for 3rd raged between Luc Poulin, Mike Kelley, Tim Stoll, and Julio Palacio, but after a quick spin Poulin fell back in the field. Excitement in the midfield came from 5 cars all within 2 seconds of each other. 9Th through 14th place would be battled hard between Steet Stocks and Mustangs alike. The charge of the race came from Matthew Voigt, who served a black flag penalty on lap 1, but managed to pass his way back up the field to finish 12th. Daniel Graulty took the easy win after Middleton ran into shifter issues.Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:23 Read more...
STC - Season 4 - OPEN!!!!
- Wednesday, 07 March 2012
- Colin MacLean
After a highly successful Season 3 the ISRA Sport Touring Championship is ready to hit the ground running with Season 4 beginning March 15th.
Season 4 will comprise six rounds of Ford v's Chevy V8 Muscle. This season is unique and will feature the Chevy Street Stock and Ford Mustang. The two-race rounds with inverted grids will return as well as two 40 minute rounds to keep competitors on their toes.Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:23 Read more...
- Wednesday, 14 December 2011
- Ryan Cornes
ISRA Sport Touring Challenge Presents
Round 1, Races 1 & 2 Virginia International North Course
The Third Season of STC kicked off with the demanding North Course of Virginia International. With three very different, yet evenly matched Spec Racer Ford, Mazda MX5, and Pontiac Solstice machinery, the opening double header round was sure to be an exciting one.
Qualifying for Race One saw Alexey Dronov muscle his SRF to pole by .2s over Wyatt Foster (MX5), with Athony Rosselli (MX5) another .7s further back. The top Solstice was that of Colin MacLean back in fifteenth. At the start Dronov got off the line to retain his lead, while both Rosselli and Lino Chestang got the jump on Foster. While Chestang moved up into 2nd, Rosselli was tapped from behind by Jaime Farrugia under braking into turn one. While Rosselli did well to keep his MX5 under control, his excellent start had been negated. As the field streamed towards the end of the lap Foster regained his 2nd position as he got underneath Chestang into Roller Coaster. With the cars so evenly matched it was none stop action in the opening laps as both Andrew Blake and Farrugia spun out of the top 10 on the third lap. Meanwhile behind leading the Solstice group was Mike Young, who made an excellent start from 19th to get around MacLean through the opening turn. It wouldn’t be long however before MacLean got up to the back of Young, passing him into turn one. With half the race down it would be Rosselli handing over his 4th position to Joe Junior after a spin in turn three. Taylor would make short work of Junior two laps later, passing with superior power down the front straight. Taylor now lead a train of six cars, three SRF and three MX5, however on lap 8, Taylor would spin in the Up Hill, with Alex Ulleri forced to take avoidance, and spinning. Although the group had lost two of it’s members, not far behind was another intense fight between Tom Mombourquette and David Boden over fifth. Heading into the final lap Mombourquette slid through Hog Pen, allowing Boden to use his extra momentum to get alongside down the front straight. Under braking into turn one Boden held the line as Mombourquette slid wide onto the grass. At the checkered flag it was Dronov (SRF) winning, 2nd Foster (MX5) -5.1s, 3rd Chestang (SRF) -17.8s, 4th Junior (MX5) -22.4s, 5th Boden (MX5) -22.6s, and leading the Solstice drivers MacLean in 9th -42s.
The grid for Race Two would see the top 10 finishers from the first race inverted. Ninth place finisher Colin MacLean was promoted to pole as James Mynes was unable to participate. At the start MacLean got off the line cleanly, as the entire field negotiated turn one without incident. At the end of the opening lap MacLean was forced to give up his lead to the two SRF machines of Mike Taylor and Dustin Peterson, as both powered past down the front straight. Wyatt Foster made his way to the front of the field quickly, as on lap 3 he moved to the inside of both MacLean and Tom Mombourquette down the front straight. As the trio moved into the braking zone for for turn 1, Mombourquette moved just a little to far to his left, clipping the front of MacLean’s Solstice and spinning off the track, eventually hitting the wall. At the front Taylor and Peterson continued their battle. As the two entered turn one on lap 4, Peterson moved to the inside, barely clipping Taylor in the process, however both spun, handing the lead over to Foster, as he moved from 9th to 1st within the opening third of the race. Lap 5 saw yet more action for the struggling MacLean as David Boden outbraked him into turn 1, allowing Alexey Dronov to take advantage under acceleration of out the turn. Joe Junior also capitalized as he moved around on the exit of turn three. Boden’s brief stint in 3rd came to an end half a lap later as he slid wide through Up Hill allowing Dronov and Junior to slip past. The passing continued through Lap 8 as Daniel Quaroni made his way past Boden in turn 1, running wide in the process. It was enough to slow Boden down giving MacLean the opportunity to gain the position back. As the drivers entered the last lap, excitement continued as first Lino Chestang slid off before turn three and seconds later Andy Gooderson slid off course exiting turn three, moving Jason Pitts up two positions in the process. In the end it was Wyatt Foster (MX5) taking skilful victory, 2nd Dronov (SRF) -3s, 3rd Junior (MX5) -17.6s, 4th Quaroni (SRF) -22.8s, 5th MacLean (Solstice) -23.5s.
A highly successful, and extremely competitive start for the unique Season Three of the Sport Touring Challenge. While both Foster and Dronov used the unique characteristics of their chosen cars to take victory, it won’t be long before Solstice contingent will be challenging as well. Round 2 takes the series to Silverstone, for what should be another very competitive event.
PS: We are in need of someone who could take screens of the events to go with the articles. Please contact Alex Ulleri if you are willing.
STC - Round 7
- Wednesday, 12 October 2011
- Ryan Cornes
Sport Touring Challenge Round 7
The STC returned to North America to contest the final three rounds, with Road Atlanta playing host to the last 50 minute race of the season. The stretch run to crown the Season Two champion sees a close fight between Eduardo Prado and Thomas Stockmans who are separated by only a handful of points.
In qualifying Prado lead Alexander Martini by just over a tenth with Stockmans a further .051s behind in third. Off the line it was Martini making an excellent start, out dragging teammate Prado into turn one to take the lead. Behind Stockmans bogged trying to get the car rolling, giving Colin Penney and Sheldon Goobie the opportunity to challenge for third. While Penney managed to take the position, Goobie slotted behind Stockmans and challenged over the opening laps.
By lap 3 the leaders began to pair up as Martini had Prado large in his mirrors, with Penney feeling the same effect from Stockmans. Behind however there were several changes within the top 10, as first John Middleton spun on the exit of turn five, allowing a string of cars to move up a position. Just a few corners later heading onto the long back straight Jason Pitts jumped on the power a little too hard, rotating the car. In his effort to avoid Pitts, Richard Hamilton got tagged by Felipe Olivetti into a spin. The winner of the melee was Carlos Ariza who picked his way through the cars moving from twelfth to eighth.
With the leaders still in a stalemate at the front, more action came from the latter half of the top 10 a few laps later. While running 6th on lap 7, Goobie ran wide on the exit of turn one, giving Ralph Kemmerer the chance to use his extra momentum up the hill to get by and take the position. A few seconds later, Olivetti also ran wide exiting turn 1, slowing up Brad Dawson in the process. It was enough to give Alexander Slusarczyk the opportunity to slide down the inside into turn two to take the position.
Back at the front Prado was beginning to get impatient behind Martini, diving out at every opportunity. It was Stockmans however that changed the running order of the top three on lap ten. With Penney running slightly wide on the exit of turn five, Stockmans closed in. Realizing he was beat Penney held his lane, giving Stockmans third position. A lap later Prado and Martini would switch the lead in the same manner.
With the top four running in formation to the finish, drivers racing in the middle of the top 10 provided the rest of the changes. On lap 17 Donald Mynes spun in the chicane, allowing Goobie back up inside the top five. While a few laps later Kemmerer spun as well moving Slusarczyk into 7th after being as low as 13th from a spin on lap ten. At the checkered flag is was Prado taking victory by 5.9s over Martini, Stockmans 3rd -15.8s, Penney 4th -54.4s, and Goobie 5th -1L. Prado also took fastest lap by merely .008s over Martini with a lap of 1m21.080s.
The STC now moves north to Canada for the hills and bumps of Mosport International Raceway for the first of two double header events to close out the season.