MILLVILLE, N.J. – The SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour capped it’s penultimate event of the season with Round 10 on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in an event that was well supported by drivers, workers, the South Jersey Region and the track.
With just one event and two races left to go, points were at a premium during Sunday’s competition.
Once again, the Formula 500 and Formula Vee fields highlight the opening group with multi-car battles. Tom Shaughnessy’s No. 17 QRE/Hoosier/Social Security Invader QC1/Rotax and Don Colanero’s No. 18 Scuderia Frenzinta Racing KBS Mark V/Rotax each led early, and with the duo joined part way through the 22-lap race by Brian Heun’s No. 26 Scuderia Frenzinta Racing QRE QC-1 Invader.
The three headed into turn one with three different lines on lap 17, with Heun getting the run around the back portion of the circuit and into the lead as the trio dove into the hard-braking right hand Turn Four. Once in front, Heun opened up a lead and scored the win, followed by Shaughnessy and Colanero.
The Formula Vee battle was three deep early, increased to four deep, and then was settled by the top two drivers over the final laps. Saturday winner Stevan Davis, who started from the rear of the field in the No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Head Racer’s Wedge SB-1/VW, joined the front running trio of Richard Shields, Roger Siebenaler and Jonathan Weisheit. Shields’ No. 77 ARS Inc./Veesport Racing Vdf-2/VW and Siebnenaler’s No. 72 Autowerks/Hoosier Tire Mysterian M-2 each led early, prior to the field growing from four to three.
On lap 14, Davis and Weisheit’s No. 61 JK Technologies Protoform P3 made contact on lap 14, sending Weisheit off course and dropping Davis well behind Shields and Siebenaler in the battle for the lead. Davis was penalized by the stewards for the incident.
The two remaining battlers crossed the stripe side by side to start the final lap. Siebenaler outran Shields to the finish line, getting the win and leaving Shields with his second runner-up of the weekend.
Sunday’s Super Touring Lite battle raged behind the overall and Touring 1 winner Andrew Aquilante’s No. 35 Phoenix/Hawk/Hoosier Ford Mustang Boss 302.
Bob Beede started on the pole in the No. 21 Bill Fenton Motorsports Honda Civic Si, and led the opening six laps of the race before Greg Amy’s No. 33 Hoosier/HPD/Kessler Engineering Acura Integra moved into the point. Never separated by more than a few car lengths, the pair circulated through the field, with Beede moving back into the lead on lap 12.
Once in front, Beede held the lead, though Amy was in his mirrors for the remainder.
Cliff White’s No. 59 Cottage Senior Living Spec Racer Ford led from the pole, and then fell back on lap three following an off course excursion. He wasn’t the only one to experience trouble on that lap, however, as multiple cars ran off the course in turn two and a collision in turn four brought out the full course caution.
White lined up on the lap nine restart behind Jeffrey Lehner’s No. 77 Johnstown Auto Parts SRF and Bruce Myers’ No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry SRF, with White taking the lead into Turn One on lap 10. Once in front, White drove away to his second win of the weekend, with Trey Ayres coming from sixth on the restart to second overall in the No. 71 Ayres Racing SRF.