Second Place Finish at Blackhawk Farms Season Opener

6. May 2013 07:15 by Don Bunt in Sports Car Racing  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

At Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, IL this weekend, DB Racing had its double national season opener. With mixed weather and an oiled down track, we were able to finish our first national in sixth place. Our second national was much better, finishing in second place to last year’s national championship winner, Jon Brakke.

During our cool and dry Saturday morning practice, our lap times placed us second in the E Production class. Later in the morning, it started to rain. During our wet qualifying session, we were able to qualify third; in front of Brakke, but behind a couple of front drive Hondas. The race turned out to be a handful as one of the Hondas dumped lots of oil on the track. We ended up developing a shake in the front end during the race. After a couple of stops in pit lane, it was diagnosed as a flat spotted right front tire. This was no doubt caused by tire lockups while driving thru the oil.

Sunday's race order was set by lap times from Saturday’s race. After a couple of cars dropped out on the pace lap, we started fourth. We worked our way thru the field and ended up finishing second; lapping nearly half the field.

Thank you to Eileen Bunt for stepping up to crew chief for the race, Paul Glinski, Brandon Glinski and Mitch LaMonica for helping crew this weekend.

I want to thank Nissan for coming back to amateur road racing and offering race contingencies. I also want to thank Bunt Software with SMPLink for sponsoring us again this season.

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