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Simraceway F3 Series August 2017

 

Simraceway F3 Summer Series

12 races in 4 months held over 4 weekends

 

August 18-20, 2017

The Simraceway F3 Summer Series final three races were about to kick off. The long summer all led up to this weekend as there were multiple championship outcomes yet to be finalized. The anticipation was thick—and the drivers arrived focused and ready for battle. There were three drivers in the championship hunt for the top standing: John Schauerman, John Purcell and Jonathan Haswell, all of whom had a chance to clinch the title. The pressure was on and you could tell there was some great racing to come.

 

Race 1

 

Qualifying

For qualifying, the drivers split into two groups from the practice times of the morning. The first group headed out and began their session. Walter Kuhn would start P8 as he came in with his best time of a 1:43.612. Gus Doppes was able to set a 1:40.905 good enough for P7. Joe Gardner set a 1:39.576 on his third lap earning him P6. The remaining 5 drivers watched as the track was heating up. They climbed into their cars and headed out. John Schauerman’s best lap of a 1:38.407 was only good enough for the 5th spot on the grid as he uncharacteristically struggled with pace. Mark Siegel was looking strong and laid down a 1:38.158 on his 5th lap good enough for the 4th spot on the grid. Kai Schuette came out swinging and put down a smooth fast lap of 1:37.738 that would earn him the 3rd starting position. Jonathan Haswell was eager to start this weekend off right and threw down a 1:37.646 earning him the 2nd spot on the front row. John Purcell headed out and did what needed to be done and was fast right from lap one. On his third lap he bested the field with a blistering 1:36.269 and claiming the pole position.

 

 

Race 1 Results

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1st Jonathan Haswell1:37.64660463
2ndJoe Gardner 1:39.57655199
3rdGus Doppes1:40.90552198
4thJohn Schauerman1:38.4070420
5thWalter Kuhn1:43.61246308
6thKai Schuette1:37.73843191
7thMark Siegel1:38.15842320
8thJohn Purcell1:36.2690463

Race

The green flag dropped and the field started the climb into turn one. John Purcell did his job well and got a good jump cleanly from the lead. Kai Schuette from the third spot had a great run and passed Jonathan Haswell claiming the second spot into turn two. Gus Doppes pounced on Joe Gardner as he was a little slow at the start and moved up one spot to 6th. Jonathan Haswell on lap two, eager to repair his slow start, closed in on Kai Schuette and showed him that he wanted the spot back. Meanwhile from the lead, John Purcell started to stretch his legs and gap the field with a 4 second lead by the fourth lap. Mark Siegel on lap four was a little too eager to the gas and spun on the exit of turn 2. The car became unable to continue when it became stuck on the edge of the grass and curb. While this was happening, just before the yellow flag came out, Jonathan Haswell got a great run out of turn six and closed up on Kai Schuette in 2nd place. He was late to the brakes and dove to the inside of turn 7 claiming his spot back. Moments later, the course went full course caution and the pace car was deployed to pick up the leader in turn 7. The disabled car was cleared and the restart was underway.  All cars cleanly had a good restart and were underway. Kai Schuette from the third position spun his car on the exit of turn 9 and John Schauerman dove off the track and into the dirt to avoid him. Both cars continued eventually after many of the cars passed, but this appeared to hurt Schauerman’s campaign for the championship. Gus Doppes now running in the third position ran wide at the exit of turn 7 and this was all Joe Gardner needed to pounce and reclaim his spot he lost at the start of the race. They had a drag race all the way from turn seven and into turn eight. Joe was able to get to the apex first and take the third spot. John Purcell had this race almost won as they were in the closing laps. Unfortunately, his car became disabled in turn 12 and his day was over. Meanwhile John Schauerman was trying to claw back every point he could and stay in the championship. He was able to make a good pass on Walter Kuhn into turn 9 and take the 4th spot. An unexpected outcome in a tough race that would give the win to Jonathan Haswell who fought hard early on. Joe Gardner kept his nose clean and finished second. Gus Doppes third. John Schauerman battled back to fourth. Walter Kuhn fifth. Kai Schuette sixth. Mark Siegel seventh and John Purcell eighth.

 

Race 2

 

Qualifying

As day two rolled off and the drivers were climbing in their cars you could tell there was an eagerness in the air to try and seal this championship. The weather was again ideal and clear.

 

Walter Kuhn would start 8th with his time of 1:43.805. John Schauerman struggled with some problems in this session and would start 7th with his best time of a 1:40.782. Gus Doppes was able to go over a second quicker than the previous qualifying and would start 6th with his lap time of a 1:39.887. Mark Siegel 5th with his 1:38.913. Joe Gardner surprised the field with his fastest lap of the weekend in the 1:38’s. He would start 4th with his 1:38.672. John Purcell wasn’t able to put a clean lap together and would have to settle for third with his lap of 1:38.445. Kai Schuette had a great run on his sixth and final qualifying lap and his 1:38.134 was good enough for the 2nd spot on the grid. Jonathan Haswell shook up the grid with the fastest lap of the group. His 1:37.208 would take the pole position on the front row.

 

Race 2 Results

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1st Kai Schuette1:38.13460257
2ndJonathan Haswell1:37.20855546
3rdJoe Gardner1:38.67252253
4thJohn Schauerman1:40.78246600
5thGus Doppes1:39.88748242
6thMark Seigel1:38.91343365
7thWalter Kuhn1:43.80542354
8thJohn Purcell1:38.44541591

 

Race

Kai Schuette from 2nd, got a great jump on the green flag and took the lead from Jonathan Haswell. John Schauerman moved up one spot on lap one into the sixth spot. At the end of the first lap, John Purcell from the third spot felt his car lose power due to a broken driveshaft. This was not an ideal way to try and clinch a championship. The car was rolled back into pit lane and he was given a spare car and try to recover some points. Joe Gardner on lap 4 was able to close in on Jonathan Haswell and put some pressure on him. For the next 5 laps Joe filled Haswell’s mirrors looking for a way by. Haswell, feeling the pressure, occasionally locked the tires under braking. Meanwhile, Mark Siegel was able to reel in Haswell and Gardner and make it a three-car battle for the second spot. Mark was trying hard to get on that podium, but he almost spun on the exit of turn 7 as he jumped on the throttle. Kai Schuette was continuing to stretch his comfortable lead as he was clicking off smooth fast laps. Towards the closing laps of the race Mark Siegel was trying to keep the pressure on Joe Gardner and had a spin coming out of turn 7, losing two positions. Gus Doppes and Johsn Schauerman took those two spots and ultimately had a drag race, side by side into turn 8. Gus narrowly took the position for 5th.

Kai Schuette confidently took the win with a comfortable 7 second victory. Jonathan Haswell finishing a solid 2nd. Joe Gardner 3rd.  John Schauerman 4th. Gus Doppes 5th. Mark Siegel 6th. Walter Kuhn 7th.  John Purcell 8th.

 

Race 3

 

Qualifying

John Purcell was eager to have a good day as he had to retire from the last two races with rare mechanical failures. If he was going to clinch this championship he knew he had to keep it together today and perform.

At the end of qualifying Walter Kuhn’s best lap of 1:42.250 put him in the 8th spot on the starting grid. Joe Gardner’s 1:41.670 would start him 7th. Gus Doppes would start 6th with his best lap of 1:39.657. Kai Schuette coming off of his first race victory the previous day had a good lap of 1:39.107 earning him the 5th spot. Jonathan Haswell’s 1:38.749 was a solid lap and good enough for the 4th spot on the second row. Mark Siegel narrowly edged out Haswell with his lap of 1:38.529 taking the 3rd spot. John Schauerman was looking back to his usual self on the front row with his 1:38.171 lap earning him the 2nd spot. John Purcell got the job done and blistered the field with another pole position in the 1:36’s. His lap of 1:36.981 was a warning shot announcing that he wanted this championship.

 

Race 3 Results

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1st John Purcell1:36.98160523
2ndJonathan Haswell1:38.74955483
3rdJohn Schauerman1:38.17152520
4thMark Seigel1:38.52946411
5thKai Schuette1:39.10748300
6thGus Doppes1:39.65743287
7thJoe Gardner1:41.67042295
8thWalter Kuhn1:42.25041391

 

Race

After the past two days of racing, the championship was down to either John Schauerman or John Purcell taking home the title. This was looking like it was going to be a tense battle as they were both starting on the front row. Every point would be valuable in determining the outcome.

The pace car slowly released the field and the green flag flew. John Purcell got the best of the field and cleanly took the lead into turn two with John Schauerman close behind. Everyone else filed in nicely nose to tail. Jonathan Haswell had an attempt on Mark Siegel heading into turn four but was not able to close the deal. He would have to wait for another opportunity. Then again, he looked for a way by in turn Six. He was close enough to him into turn seven he attempted to out brake him on the inside and made the pass claiming the third spot.

Jonathan Haswell, after getting by Siegel, was not settling. He closed up on John Schauerman and showed no championship mercy and went for a pass again down the inside of turn seven. He was not able to make it stick and would have to stay close if he wanted another chance. The battle between Joe Gardner in 7th and Guss Doppes in 6th had been brewing all weekend with some great racing. Joe had some weaving and several attempts to pass but was not able to complete the task. At the halfway point in the race John Schauerman’s car momentarily shut off in turn eleven and wouldn’t power for about 8 seconds. He finally got it going again but lost the position to Haswell and was pushed back to the third spot. This was very concerning to the championship outcome. Joe Gardner was still battling with Gus Doppes and went side by side into turn eleven but again could not find a way by. John Schauerman was determined to close back up on Haswell and reclaim his position. He kept his head down and put together some great laps closing the gap to Haswell. Schauerman would make several attempts to get by but would have to keep trying. Towards the end of the race Haswell had a lock up heading into turn four. This allowed Schauerman to get inside and they headed into turn six again side by side! Haswell got a better exit out of turn six. As they were approaching turn seven Schauerman dove to the inside for a pass. Haswell went wide and again they were in a drag race towards turn eight. Haswell would keep the spot. They both had smoky lock ups in turn seven and in eleven! This was a nail bighting battle that had been brewing all summer. Again, in turn four Schauerman dove to the inside for a pass and this time was able to make it stick. Haswell stayed strong and tried to take it back in turn eleven but couldn’t do it. On the last lap and in true dramatic fashion John Purcell was comfortably in the lead and looking to win. But as far as the championship went, the outcome of John Schauerman’s finish was yet to be determined. If he finished second he would claim the title but if Jonathan Haswell could find a way by in the next couple of turns he would squash those chances. Schauerman was driving slightly on the defensive in turn seven and Haswell looked to the outside, but couldn’t make it stick. Haswell made a good run out of turn 9 and had one more chance to grab the second spot. They barreled into the hairpin right handed turn eleven. Schauerman driving down the right-hand side of the track on the defense, forcing any attempt to be made on the difficult outside. Haswell rolled the dice and was late on the brakes locking up the tires, gathered the car back and put his car side by side with Schauerman on the exit of eleven. Schauerman had to get to the line before him to claim the championship. But it wasn’t meant to be. Haswell was able to get there first, narrowly beating him by .012 of a second! Mark Siegel Finished 4th. Kai Schuette 5th. Gus Doppes 6th. Joe Gardner 7th. Walter Kuhn 8th. What a great finish to a great season. John Purcell was able to do the impossible–after having two mechanical failures the past two days. He knew he had to be flawless and he was. He claimed the pole position in qualifying, lead every lap, won the race, and ultimately clinched the championship!

 

The trophies were out and shining. The champagne was set to flow. The winning cars were aligned nearby. The season finale came to an end in a great way. John Purcell was able to win the championship with 523 points over the 12 races. John Schauerman finishing second with 510 points. Johnathan Haswell in third with 483 points.

 

SIMRACEWAY F3 SUMMER SERIES 2017 ROUND 2

 

This weekend, the racers were back for round 2 of the Simraceway F3 Summer Series: 12 races being held over 4 weekends. After last months battling in race 1, 2, and 3, our points leader John Schauerman was back to try and keep his winning streak alive. John Purcell, learning the car quickly, was on a steady climb towards the front last month and many were eager to see how far he would keep progressing in race 3, 4, and 5. Mark Siegel and Johnathan Haswell had some great back and forth battles during round 1 and we were hoping to see some more. Series regular Jim McGuire joined in for race 4 this weekend. It was looking to be an exciting weekend–and it absolutely was.

Since the last race weekend, Simraceway made a bold statement of its continued presence in the racing school industry by updating, among many other things, a fresh new look on the cars with new AERO paint liveries. For some nine years, these F3 cars sported a singular black exterior paint, but now they burst in colors each car ranging from bright radiant orange to an intriguing white, rich black, vibrant gold, and fearless red. The new color palette and look of the cars brought something totally different to the scene, and the track was electric with a new and unrivaled energy.

 

Friday, June 9, Race 4

The drivers climbed into their newly facelifted, colorful F3 cars and headed out for qualifying on the 2.5 mile Sonoma Raceway. This weekend, they would be on the true classic layout of the track utilizing the daunting “Fast 10” turn, a 100+MPH right handed kink that must be taken with smooth confidence. It’s an important turn to take as quickly as possible because there are long straights before and after the turn, so it becomes a literal true test of time.

John Schauerman grabbed the quickest lap time in qualifying and would be starting from the front row. He was able to lay down a 1:33.135 on his ideal third lap. John Purcell took his time getting up to speed and put together a great last lap of a 1:34.937 good enough for the second spot on the front row. Jim McGuire quickly getting back into the rhythm of these complex cars was consistent from lap one and put down a good lap of 1:35.162 and would start third. Jonathan Haswell and Mark Siegel were not far behind McGuire as they all went back and fourth for the next spot on the grid. Only two tenths separated the three racers. Haswell would start fourth 1:35.280. Siegel fifth with a 1:35.427. When three racers are that close in lap times during qualifying, we can project that the battle for that spot on the podium would be an exciting one.

 

Race

At the drop of the green flag, Jim McGuire from third had the most noticeable quick reflex, and passed John Purcell for the second spot. Purcell dug in and they went two wide at the apex of turn 2. They had a short drag race out and Purcell got the better run, taking his spot back from McGuire. John Schauerman had a good clean start from first. Jonathan Haswell had a couple of looks to overtake McGuire on two occasions in lap one, but was waiting for a better opportunity. John Schauerman slowly started his departure and started to gap the field. Mark Siegel closed in on the back of Haswell when he dropped two wheels onto the grass on the exit of turn 6. Siegel pulled up along side of Haswell entering turn 7 and took the fourth position nicely. Haswell would head to the pits to have his car looked over after the brief jaunt through the grass. He rejoined the race in fifth, after the car was looked over. Schauerman and Purcell both had a large gap on each other and the rest of the field. They were looking very safe in first and second place. Mark Siegel was still hungry after passing Haswell and had his sights set on McGuire. He closed in and was looking for a way by. McGuire, feeling the pressure of Siegel filling his mirrors, pushed a little hard out of turn six and dropped two wheels in the grass. McGuire did not appear to lose any speed as he kept his foot planted on the gas. For the remainder of the race Siegel was all over McGuire trying a couple of times into turn 7 but could not get it done. Meanwhile, Schauerman cruised to a smooth victory and fastest lap of the race of a 1:32.317. John Purcell confidently finishing second. Jim McGuire was able to hold off Mark Siegel in fourth and claim the third spot. Johnathan Haswell finishing fifth after having pit and unable to make the time back up.

 

Race 4 Results

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1stJohn Schauerman 1:33.135 1:32.31760240
2ndJohn Purcell1:34.937-55208
3rdJim McGuire1:35.162---
4thMark Siegel1:35.427-52176
5thJonathan Haswell1:35.280-48171

 

Saturday, June 10, Race 5

After a good day of racing, and some time to plan a strategy for the remainder of the weekend, the drivers were back at it on Saturday for qualifying. Once again, John Schauerman was able to put together the fastest time of a 1:33.409. But John Purcell was able to close the gap to Schauerman with a 1:33.888 to take the second spot, a big improvement from the previous day. Mark Siegel had a better result than Friday with his 1:34.227 for third. Jonathan Haswell would start fourth with his lap of a 1:35.766.

 

Race

The start of the race was a race directors dream. They all filed in nicely, nose to tail on the entry into turn 2. John Schauerman extended his lead slightly on John Purcell in second. They both would pull away from the remainder of the field over the first 5 laps. Purcell was able to hang on and match the lap times of Schauerman throughout the race but was unable to close the gap that was opened up early on in. Towards the last half of the race Mark Siegel had a large lock up in turn 7 and this developed a flat spot on his tire. On the last lap he couldn’t nurse it any longer and the tire lost pressure. He lost a spot and slowly made his way into the pits. John Schauerman took the win as he sailed cleanly to the checkered flag and also taking the fastest lap of the race with a 1:33.359. John Purcell finished second with a 5 second gap from the leader. Jonathan Haswell finished third after gaining a spot on the last lap to Mark Siegel who finished fourth.

 

Race 5 Results

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1stJohn Schauerman1:33.4091:33.35960300
2ndJohn Purcell1:33.8881:38.35955263
3rdMark Siegel1:34.227-48223
4thJohnathan Haswell1:35.766-52224

 

Sunday, June 11, Race 6

Something was in the air as the drivers took to the track for their final qualifying session of the weekend. It’s almost as if they knew ahead of time that things would develop very differently this round. John Purcell was looking very fast in practice and all were watching to see if he could put together a good lap to have a chance to steal the top spot from John Schauerman. Schauerman up to this point had five consecutive pole positions and had won all five races so far. To the excitement of all, John Purcell was able to capitalize on the new tires and also new skills he’d been working on up to this point and threw down the fastest lap time of the whole weekend with a 1:31.877 on his ideal second lap. Then, Jonathan Haswell surprised the whole field as he went massively quicker than his previous best lap time of the weekend. Haswell grabbed the second spot on the grid with a lap time of a 1:33.315. To top it off, Mark Siegel also put together his fastest time of the weekend with a third best 1:33.352, only .037 shy of Haswell. John Schauerman followed close behind with a 1:33.479. Less than 2 seconds separated the field. Considering this shakeup in qualifying, this was looking to be the most exciting race of the weekend.

 

Race

With the starting grid mixed up and turned upside down after such an exciting qualifying session, the cars took the green flag and headed up the hill towards turn two. John Schauerman got a good jump and was able to pass Mark Siegel as he was looking to pass Haswell in second but had to back out as he was getting squeezed into the wall at the starting line. John Purcell in first got a good clean start and started to open up a couple of car lengths on the field as he was looking very fast and smooth. Schauerman now in the third position started to close in on Haswell in second. With a good run out of turn six, Schauerman tried to overtake into turn 7 but Haswell defended and Schauerman would have to try again. On the next lap he tried the same and couldn’t get it done. As they exited turn seven they appeared joined together as they headed towards turn ten. Schauerman, with a good exit had to make this one stick as he dove to the inside into turn eleven. Side by side at the apex, Schauerman was able to get out ahead. With all that defending and passing, Mark Siegel was able to close in and join the party as well. Schauerman instantly started to open up a gap and was comfortably in second. Now the exciting battle to watch was the battle between Haswell in third and Siegel very close behind. Seigel was trying some moves in turn eleven but he would need to find a better spot. Siegel was glued to his gearbox for several laps looking for a way by. He would try another three times to make it work but Haswell was not letting his spot go easily. Finally, with a great run out of turn ten, Siegel went to the inside and stabbed to brakes at the last possible second and was able to make it stick, stealing the spot from Haswell.

John Purcell showed he is still not done exploring the limits of these cars and cruised to a great win and grabbing the fastest lap of the race with a 1:32.053. John Schauerman drove a great race and battled through the field nicely, finishing a comfortable second. Mark Siegel in third showed how patience and determination can work together nicely. Johnathan Haswell finishing fourth put up a great fight and is closing the gap of lap times to these veterans.

 

Race 6 Results

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1stJohn Purcell1:31.8771:32.05360323
2ndJohn Schauerman1:33.479-55355
3rdMark Siegel1:33.352-52276
4thJonathan Haswell1:33.315-48271

 

Podium and Points

In first place, John Schauerman was awarded the laurel wreath again and amassed 175 points in this round. He now possesses a total of 355 points in the race for the championship. In second place, John Purcell took 170 points for the weekend, with a total of 322 points in the 12 race summer series showdown. In third place, Mark Seigel gained 152 points for the weekend, and now has 276 points total for the series. Johnathan Haswell, not far behind in fourth place, amassed 148 points for the weekend, with a total of 271 points. As the champagne flew and they held their trophies high, we can tell that the winner of this championship series is still to be determined. With new drivers looking to improve their skills and series veterans looking to step up their game, this is going to be an exciting finish to a series with the most advanced school car in the world. The Simraceway F3 Summer series is only halfway done. The drama, the unknown, the twists and turns are still unfolding. Come on out and join us for the next round of races, July 7, 8 and 9 as this story advances to find out who will ultimately take home the championship.

Simraceway F3 Series 2017 Kicks Off to a Great Start

 

After a successful 2016 season, many of the drivers were eager to get back into the exciting Lola Simraceway Formula 3 car and hone their craft

 

Thursday May 11, Race 1

The morning practice sessions went well as the drivers were shaking off their winter rust and getting ready for their qualifying session. After the new Pirelli race tires were bolted on, they took to the track. The field would be split into two groups according to their practice times. Each group would get 15 minutes to lay down their best lap. At the end of qualifying, returning champion John Schauerman utilized his new Pirellis and on his ideal 3rd lap, laid down a 1:38.155. Gus Doppes was looking strong right from the first session. He was able to put down a great lap on his last go, it was good enough for the second spot on the front row with a 1:39.291. Roy Block was ready as well to pick up the third spot on the grid with a solid final lap in qualifying of a 1:39.587.

Race

The 9 cars took the green flag and headed up into turn one. John Schauerman got a great jump at the start and instantly had a 3 car length gap. The entire field had a calm first two laps with no changes in position as they settled into the fight. Gus Doppes was looking very consistent and confident, hanging on with Schauerman in his sights as they both started to gap the field. The battle for third became the exciting action in the field. Roy Block, currently in third, was starting to feel the pressure from newcomer John Purcell. That pressure allowed Mike Dardin in 5th to close up and join the hunt for the final step on the podium. Dardin was closing fast on Purcell and Block and put in his fastest lap of the race on lap 5. Purcell made a couple of tries on Block into turn 7 but was unable to make it stick. That move in 7 really allowed Dardin to get a good run on Purcell heading into turn 9 and Dardin capitalized with an aggressive pass into the first apex of turn 9, locking the front right tire slightly. Dardin was able to make it work and made the pass, moving him up to the fourth spot. He now had the third place of Roy Block in his sights and was closing in. Meanwhile, Schauerman was holding a comfortable lead on Doppes in second. On lap 10 Mike Dardin had a good run on Roy Block heading into turn 11. Dardin dove to the inside and was side by side with Block as they exited the turn. Dardin was able to get a slightly better run out and took the third spot. New to the series, Mark Seigel was holding the 6th spot comfortably ahead of Jeff Stern in 7th, Jonathan Haswell in 8th and Walter Kuhn in 9th. John Purcell would attempt a couple more times on Roy Block in 4th but was unable to shake the veteran loose. Ultimately, John Schauerman would take the win and fastest lap of the race with Gus Doppes in second and Mike Dardin in third.

 

Race 1 Results

 

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingBest Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1st John Schauerman1:38.1551:39.0736060
2ndGus Doppes1:39.2911:39.7305555
3rdMike Dardin1:40.4021:39.9175252
4thRoy Block1:39.5871:40.2864646
5thJohn Purcell1:40.2861:40.3574848
6thMark Seigel1:40.4821:40.8404343
7thJeff Stern1:40.5931:41.6734242
8thJonathan Haswell1:41.9921:40.5114141
9thWalter Kuhn1:45.4311:43.8604040

 

Friday May 12, Race 2

 

As racers began to feel more comfortable with their cars after a good day of racing under their belts from the previous day, series veteran John Jastremski joined in for his first race of the season. Wasting no time, and shocking the instructors and racers alike, Jastremski went quickest in the early morning practice 1 and suffice to say we had a new contender in the mix for the day. John Schauerman was not going to make it easy and newcomer John Purcell was looking to be a factor to be feared as well. Schauerman had a slow start to his qualifying session as he struggled to get into the 1:39’s on his first four laps. Meanwhile, John Jastremski layed down a 1:39.554 on his second lap and confidently parked his car. Schauerman was not to be outdone.

 

On his fifth go-around he put a great lap together and took the top spot on the grid with a 1:39.261. Looking strong, John Purcell would be third on the grid with a 1:39.554.

 

Race 2 Results

 

Race Position DriverBest Lap - Qualifying Best Lap - RacePoints Cumulative Points
1stJohn Schauerman1:39.2611:39.26160120
2ndJohn Jastremski1:39.3841:39.3845555
3rdJohn Purcell1:39.5541:39.5545298
4thMike Dardin1:40.9791:40.92048100
5thRoy Block1:41.0931:41.7794694
6thGus Doppes1:40.7581:40.4124398
7thJeff Stern1:41.8971:42.0214284
8thJonathan Haswell-1:41.5234182
9thWalter Kuhn1:45.192 1:45.1924080
10thMark Seigel1:41.9441:41.6413982

 

Race

The 10 car field took the green flag and hurled up the hill. John Schauerman again was able to get a good start and keep the lead with Jastremski close behind. Mark Seigel got a great jump and picked up a spot from 8th to 7th before turn one. Gus Doppes moved up one spot into third. Gus described his start, “I put the gas all the way to the floor, closed my eyes and upshifted”. On lap 2, Mike Dardin had a good clean pass for the 4th spot into turn 9 as he got a good run on John Purcell. Schauerman and Jastremski stretched their lead on the field while Dardin was closing in on Gus Doppes in third. Mark Siegel was glued to the gearbox of Roy Block as he tried to find a way by for the 6th spot. The battle for 9th was a good one between Walter Kuhn and Jonathan Haswell as they had many laps of close action. Schauerman, in the lead, was starting to pull away from Jastremski on lap 5. Mike Dardin had an exciting high speed moment when he spun in turn one and came to a stop in the grass on the inside of turn 2. He was able to keep the car going and quickly returned the fight, only losing one spot. Gus Doppes would spin in turn 9 from the third spot. He tried to get the car turned around quickly but unfortunately returned to the race in 8th. Jonathan Haswell finally got a good run on Walter Kuhn after many attempts and passed him into turn 7 on lap 7. Mike Dardin, with injured tires from the spin, allowed Roy Block and Mark Siegel to close up and show themselves hungry for the fight for 4th. Head instructor Nico Rondet said “It looks like Mike is using his tires as a smoke screen to keep Roy Block and Mark Seigel at bay.” Meanwhile, John Purcell now in third, driving steady and clean allowed him to close slightly on Jastremski in second. Mark Seigel trying to fill the mirrors of Roy Block had a big Hollywood sideways slide on the exit of turn 2 and kept it going. This seemed to work as Block had a moment of 4 wheels through the dirt in turn 9 on the same lap, allowing Seigel to close in. Gus Doppes and Jeff Stern now had a great battle for the 6th spot, Doppes getting the better of the battle as he moved to the inside of Stern into turn 7 and they had a drag race out on the second to last lap. On the last lap Mark Seigel finally found his moment and closed in on Roy Block heading into turn 7. He set up a perfect inside pass, Block defended and went inside into 7A, Seigel gripped tight and spun trying to keep the spot. In the end, John Schauerman would take the win and fastest lap of the race with a 1:39.334 and a 15 second lead over John Jastremski in second. John Purcell having a steady race for the third spot on the podium.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 13, Race 3

 

As day three kicked off fatigue, fitness, and mental stamina was the subject on many of the series instructors minds. The cars headed out for qualifying as John Schauerman looked to keep his streak alive. The grid looked to be a fresh mix on day three. Schauerman was able to take his third pole position with his lap of a 1:38.177. John Purcell, keeping his progress steady, layed down a great lap of a 1:38.273. Mike Dardin, with a fresh set of tires and a fresh mode of attack was able to grab the third spot with his lap of a 1:38.885.

 

Race 3 Results

 

Race Position DriverBest Lap - QualifyingTimePoints Cumulative Points
1st John Schauerman1:38.1771:38.98160180
2ndJohn Purcell1:38.2731:38.88155153
3rdMike Dardin1:38.8851:39.49752152
4thGus Doppes1:39.7491:40.07946144
5thRoy Block1:40.3531:40.08946140
6thJohn Jastremsk1:39.5471:41.1064398
7thMark Seigel1:40.0361:40.52142124
8thJonathan Haswell1:40.7811:40.80941123
9thWalter Kuhn1:43.2061:42.55040120
10thJeff Stern1:39.9401:41.25239123

 

Race

 

The 10 cars took the green flag and again John Schauerman would lead into turn two with John Purcell staying close behind in second. John Jastremski with a great jump was able to take third from Mike Dardin. Roy Block was the one with the best first lap though. Block got a great start and moved up one spot and then again he had a great turn three exit and pounced down the inside of Jeff Stern into turn 4, taking the 6th spot. Walter Kuhn would have a good pass on Jonathan Haswell into turn 4 as well. Mike Dardin, flustered from losing a spot at the start, found himself in a good spot to take it back from John Jastremski in turn 7 for third.

 

On lap 4 Gus Doppes closed in on John Jastremski in the 4th spot and put down a great pass into turn 7.

 

Walter Kuhn was having a good battle with Jonathan Haswell and Mark Seigel for the 8th spot. Seigel with a clean pass into turn two would take the spot from Kuhn. The three of them had an action packed race together–Haswell and Kuhn going back and forth frequently.

 

Schauerman in the lead had his mirrors full of John Purcell trying to end his winning streak. Finally Schauerman had some pressure this weekend and would have to keep it mistake-free, with no room for error. The pair started to gap the field considerably at the halfway point. Mike Dardin in third was able to keep the leaders just in his sights.

 

John Schauerman took the checkered flag for the race win. John Purcell finishing second and would take the fastest lap of the race with a 1:38.881. Mike Dardin finished third.

 

 

At the conclusion of the race and the three day weekend, the drivers exited their cars  and made their way to the purpose-built Simraceway facility, perched directly on turn one of Sonoma Raceway. Music was in the air and a sense of marathon accomplishment loomed from the long weekend within these challenging cars. The podium celebration was set and the trophies were lined up.

 

In third, Mike Dardin was called up as he was awarded for the efforts of his weekend. He received his trophy with spirit and shows a lot of promise to come.

 

Second place was awarded to John Purcell, on his introductory effort with these cars. He is showing himself as a force to be reckoned with in this series and we are eager to see him in the next round.

 

The winner of the weekend, was definitively John Schauerman. He had a great start to the 2017 Simraceway F3 Summer Series: three race wins, three pole positions, and two fastest laps of the race. His smart and strategic driving is the textbook of how to become
a champion.

 

The media was there and the cameras were clicking, just as the large bottles of champagne were released–spraying in the air. A temporary sting in the eye is always worth the sweet taste of victory!

 

The Simraceway F3 Summer Series Round 1 was one for the books and there are many talented drivers hungry for the win, and up and coming stars improving with each outing. Join us for round 2 June 9th, 10th, and 11th.