Majors Tour Wraps Up At VIR

Alex Bolanos leads the pack en route to victory during Sunday’s Spec Miata race. (F&S Enterprises photo)
Alex Bolanos leads the pack en route to victory during Sunday’s Spec Miata race. (F&S Enterprises photo)
Alex Bolanos leads the pack en route to victory during Sunday’s Spec Miata race. (F&S Enterprises photo)

ALTON, Va. — Bright and sunny skies finally showed up for the first time during the race weekend, for Sunday’s Round Eight of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour from Virginia Int’l Raceway, part of the SafeRacer National Club Racing program.

Eight race groups took to the newly-paved VIR circuit during prime weather conditions for their feature races at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road course. The 27 Runoffs-eligible classes were slated for races lasting 16 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first.

The opening race group, Spec Racer Ford, produced some very spirited racing. Brian Schofield, of Lakeland, Fla., completed the sweep in his No. 61 PM Racing Spec Racer Ford. However, the best racing was right behind Schofield.

The cars of second-place finisher John Greene, third-place finisher Bruce Myers and Andrew Charbonneau were involved in a three-way battle for second while working to stay close to the leader. Charbonneau dropped out of the battle early on, following mechanical issues with his machine. Myers picked up the fight, but was unable to get around Greene, and crossed the line in third.

In Group Two, the small-bore formula cars took center stage. For most of the 16-lap race, the Formula Vee race was nip and tuck among Donnie Isley, Jonathan Weisheit and Stevan Davis. Isley, of Fletcher, N.C., came away with the win, but it wasn’t clear that would be the outcome until the final two laps.

Faster Formula F traffic sliced through the top three in class as the laps wound down, allowing Isley to break away in his No. 30 Agitator by Brookshire Formula Vee. Jonathan Weisheit and yesterday’s winner, Stevan Davis, were left to sort out second and third on their own. Weisheit finished with the upper hand by crossing the line second, just ahead of Davis.

Michael Brent (No. 47 Hoosier Tire/QRE Invader QC1), of Bethel, Conn., was able to pull off the doubleheader win in Formula 500.

With Spec Miata, close racing is the expected norm and Sunday’s 16-lap feature race did not disappoint. Alex Bolanos, of Hialeah, Fla., brought home the second-day win at VIR. Bolanos (No. 57 Autotechnik/Momo/Apex Alignment Mazda Miata), Dillon Machavern and Andrew Carbonell spent the first 15 laps of the race looking for open real estate. It seemed as though no one wanted to lead until the last lap, and Bolanos was in the catbird seat when the field was shown one-to-go.

Machavern made a hard challenge for the lead as the front pack approached Turn 14. He attempted the same outside move that was made on him when he held the lead during Saturday’s closing lap. Again, the results were the same. Bolanos had the inside line through the downhill right-hander, allowing him the edge through the resulting left-handed turn 15, which proved enough to secure the win.

Group Four spotlighted the production classes, and B-Spec was the closest class finish of the group. Once again, it came down to Travis Washay (No. 30 Indian Summer Racing/Northern Cross Mini Cooper), of Milford, Conn., who duked it out with teammate Ryan Hall. At the line, Washay beat Travis to the line. The weekend sweep is Washay’s second in the Eastern Conference this season.