Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby Bosco » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:53 am

V8 Racers tested on friday and got acclimated to a new track. Savannah Harbor is an interesting track with a bit of elevation change, some tight areas, two
pretty fast straights and a heavily banked and fast turn one which would make you think you accidently slipped onto the old Lakeland speedway 3/4 mile
oval.

Former V8 GT-1 champ Jeff Emery has showed up to battle last years champ Dave Machavern. Ray Webb brought out his Riggins Olds for what may be the
last time as he will move to a Riggins Corvette.

VIR GTA double winner Kurt Roehrig is here and was already fast in his first session on the track despite never having seen it.

Willie Mullins made the trip from Virginia to compete in his Bugsy's Automotive ARCA Monte Carlo.

Ex IMSA racer Pete Kirill is here with the BEMCO chassis Camaro that was a class winner at the 24 hours of Daytona circa 2000. The car is now prepped in
the Riggins Competition shop.

Hollywood Graham is on the scene in search of points toward a championship run for GTA.
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Re: Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby Z06RACER » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:15 pm

You forgot to mention it was unbelievably HOT!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby V8Stockcar » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:26 pm

Thank you HSR staff and officials for your hospitality. They were really great to work with! Another thank you goes out to all the V8 racers that came out to the event due to the Daytona schedule change.

The track was very interesting to drive with little elevation change, most corners banked, and turn one being a long sweeping radius much like an oval track, and even an off camber turn.

It was also nice at the end of Saturday's event for the racers and their families and children to get together at the pool.
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Re: Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby BK Racing » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:18 am

I'm certain I'll have a longer report later, but the track had a lot more "character" than it appears from aerial views and the in-car videos I saw. I didn't get to run the track at speed and we couldn't get to Turn One to watch (apparently they're working on opening up more spectator areas in the future), but as Lee said it looks like that would be a major hoot! :D

If it's on the schedule for 2011 I'll work harder to have Cuervo ready to race there.
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Re: Savannah Harbor GTA Race Notes

Postby BK Racing » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:00 pm

I had planned to take Cuervo to the Hutchinson Island event, but repairs after the VIR incident took longer than expected plus the in-car video I had seen didn’t look all that inviting. Granted it was from a Porsche (which ALWAYS distorts one’s perceptions :D ), but the track looked flat, not terribly exciting, and didn’t seem to have a lot of runoff room if you made mistakes. However after seeing it in person this past weekend, I now wish I’d worked a little harder and had taken a race car with me.

The track has a LOT more character than it appears on GoogleEarth or on the video. There are two 140+ mph straights, there are both banked and off-camber corners, and the high-banked, left-handed Turn One off the front straight looked like a serious rush! It was right next to the Westin Resort & golf course (I wonder how many birdie putts were disturbed by loud exhaust? :shock: ), there were a couple of pretty good viewing areas with spectator berms and they’re working to clear more land (they had roped off access to the inside of Turn One and said something about snakes being in the area). The HSR people were good to work with and if it happens again in 2011 I’ll make a better effort to attend. And yes, it WAS damn hot (107 degrees on the truck’s thermometer as I was waiting in the paddock to leave on Saturday afternoon), but I’m sure we can blame that on Obama somehow.

Results and reports of the races can be found at http://www.V8StockCar.com, but Saturday’s Group 8 feature race had Larry Hoopaugh winning overall and V8SPO ahead of J.C. France (of the Daytona Beach Frances) in the ex-Jeff Burton Exide car. Kurt Roehrig finished third overall and first in V8GTA, and probably could have gotten by J.C. with a couple more laps. Bobby Reuse (V8GTA) was next, so I guess we need to throw another 100 pounds or so on the Late Model cars since they’ve obviously been dominating GTA this year (don’t have a heart attack Hall, I’m KIDDING!!! :mrgreen: ). Hollywood Graham came home third in GTA in an ASA car followed by Roger Reuse, but unfortunately Randy Walker got taken out by another car right after getting the green and tore up the same RF corner that I had “adjusted” for him at VIR.

On Sunday Larry & J.C. again used their superior horsepower to beat Kurt into Turn One at the green, but this time Bobby maintained closer contact with the two of them. About halfway through the 8-lap race Kurt added a small highlight of yellow paint to JC’s rear bumper but couldn’t get by, then the brake pedal started getting longer and Bobby got by entering the front straight. I watched that race from the back side and met a couple of enthusiasts, Rick Brown and Pat Clare (for those that were there, Pat owns the McLaren M-6 GT that was in the paddock on Saturday). We had a nice chat about all forms of racing (Rick was an IKF official for ten years in California and Pat used to run a Formula Ford) and they may end up with a GTA car before things are over!

Despite the stifling heat (and shorter races than we usually run) it was a much better weekend than I had expected. As I wrote above, if they do it again I’ll make a more sincere effort to be there.

See ya…
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Re: Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby V8Stockcar » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:13 pm

WTG Bobby Reuse picking up his frist V8 series class win :D

JC France picked up his Exide Ford Cup car from V8 racer Jim King of Charlotte, NC

First time I raced on a golf course without a golf cart and it was also cool to see Savannah skyline as a backdrop
from the track.
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Re: Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby V8Stockcar » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:19 pm

Steve Tye and BK ran V8 tech @ Savannah Harbor :D
A big thanks and job well done!
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Re: Savannah Harbor Race Notes

Postby V8Stockcar » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:09 am

Savannah Harbor Track Records

V8GT1: Jeff Emery 1:16.684 6/12/10
V8GT2: Ron Zitza 1:23.707 6/12/10
V8SPO: Larry Hoopaugh 1:20.587 6/13/10
V8GTA: Kurt Roehrig 1:21.734 6/13/10
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