With the tarmac getting ever stickier on a scorching day for race 6 of the 2014 Simraceway F3 series It wasn’t going to take long for the Pirelli tires to get to working temperature nor as it came to be the drivers heating up the action on track. Race 6 saw a new poleman as Tim Adolphson put in a flyer late in qualifying to out gun fellow front row starter Doug Tuttle.
Green flag dropped & everyone made it through the first lap cleanly but no one could make a break away as Adolphson, Tuttle, Campbell, Schiller, McGuire & Shirley filed nose to tail for the first 3 laps. Not to be outdone the 7th through 9th battle was just as intense as newcomers Jim Cachot & Bob Irwin got to duke it out with Robin “Rocky” MacGregor. Working lap 3 saw a big change in the lineup as the gaggle filed into the turn 9 chicane leader Adolphson lost the rear of the car and was collected by 2nd place man Tuttle bringing out the use of the Simraceway Audi RS4 pace car. Once the cars had been untangled and sent back to the pits for attention from the awesome Simraceway tech team (who kept all the cars running to perfection all weekend long) it was time to go racing once again. Steve Campbell made use of his experience and made a great gap on the restart, but Mark Schiller did not give up and closed back the gap with McGuire & Shirley in tow. Heading to turn 11 on the penultimate lap Schiller made an adventurous move that didn’t pan out as he clipped & damaged his nose and wing on the right rear of the unsuspecting Campbell. With no way of to hold pace with his injured car Mark steadily dropped back in the field and paid a visit to the pits. This left Jim McGuire and Erikson Shirley in 2nd & 3rd with Steve still holding 1st to finish the race. Unfortunately for Steve the rule book’s “no contact” policy dictated a penalty that dropped him down to 3rd spot elevating Jim McGuire to top spot and Erikson to 2nd. 4th place came to series debutant Bob Irwin and 5th to Canadian Robin MacGregor. Jim “big moment” Cachot who showed a great turn of speed over the weekend had a big spin out of turn 6 in the dying seconds of the race which forced him down the order to 7th.
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Practice & Qualifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5iAu1u1Wpk
Practice & Qualifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTQbnPRpOI4