297 Cars For Atlanta Super Tour

Doug Peterson kept Simon Gregg just behind for the entire GT-1 race Sunday at Road Atlanta. (Mark Weber photo)
Doug Peterson kept Simon Gregg just behind for the entire GT-1 race Sunday at Road Atlanta. (Mark Weber photo)
Doug Peterson kept Simon Gregg just behind for the entire GT-1 race Sunday at Road Atlanta. (Mark Weber photo)

BRASELTON, Ga. — An impressive 297 cars participated this weekend in the SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour at Road Atlanta with round six of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour coming to a close on Sunday under sunny skies.

The final day schedule featured eight race groups running races of 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first, at the 11-turn, 2.540-mile Road Atlanta.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s races were over before they began for Super Touring Lite drivers Yiannis Tsiounis (No. 69 Yushino Mazda Miata), Aaron Povoledo (No. 82 Aaron Povoledo Track Days Mazda Miata), Todd Lamb (No. 84 Cahall/Driving Coach/Hawk Performance Mazda Miata) and Joe Strong (No. 08 Blablakids.com Mazda Miata), who were involved in a big incident under the flag stand at the race’s green flag.

As the field accelerated to the green, Tsiounis, starting fourth, was hit and spun by another car. Sitting sideways in the track, Tsiounis and the others were collected as the large field tried to scramble through the open gaps. The incident brought the entire field to pit lane under black flag conditions with the 40-minute clock still running.

Once running again, the battle up front in Touring 2 was a repeat of Saturday. Kurt Rezzetano started his No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Ford Mustang on the pole and withstood a challenge to the finish from the No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 997 of Andrew Longe.

Opposite of Saturday, Luke Wilwert held the early lead in Touring 3 in the No. 07 HPD/BFGoodrich Tires/Hondata Acura TL over Rob May’s No. 04 Fall-Line Motorsports/Hoosier/Rytec Doors BMW M3. May used a run down the front straight to carry the momentum and make the pass on the way to turn two working lap nine, and held off a charging Wilwert to the finish.

Back in the STL battle, Brian Shanfeld moved his No. 66 Honda R&D/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si around Bruce Andersen’s No. 3 Senson Racing Grp/Autotechnik Racing Mazda Miata on lap nine, and then pulled away for a 2.5-second win at the finish line for a weekend sweep. Joining him in sweeping their respective classes during the weekend were Matthew Pullano (No. 72 PullanoPT.com/Krugspeed Lotus Exige, in Super Touring Under) and Travis Washay (No. 33 Indian Summer Racing/Northern Cross MINI Cooper, in B-Spec).

The rain started to fall on the pace lap for the small formula cars, sending a handful to pit lane with the pace car and waving off the initial start of the race. Clint McMahan’s No. 2 Satellite Racing Nova KBS-01 Formula 500 took off at the start, racing to the overall lead ahead of the Formula F battle.

Now wet and with McMahan out in front of his class, the Formula F and Formula Vee fields were left to sort out their races. The No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier/Euroquipe Piper DF-3D Honda of Tim Kautz led early in FF, with John Benson’s No. 7 Advanced Borehole Services/Lee Racing/Cricket Farm Motors Swift DB-3 and Max Hanratty’s No. 91 Honda/SynerComm Inc./Sparco Spectrum in tow. Benson took the lead on lap seven, one lap before Steven Davis’ Formula Vee No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/RoxannesHeaders Racer’s Wedge SB-1 spun in turn five to bring out a full course caution.

Benson, Kautz and Hanratty ran in order on the track, and two laps after the lap 10 restart, Benson moved into the overall lead and crawled away from Kautz to the finish.

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