Here are the Official Race Results from Round 4 at Willow Park:
And here are the updated Championship Standings at the half way point of the VRAA 2016 Season:
We have now reached the halfway point of the VRAA 2016 season. As we are also in a bit of a lull with the New Year’s holiday and the cars in transit back across the border to Canada for the remaining four races, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at the season to date and the VRAA 2016 Championship Standings.
In the GP1.5 Class, Slo1quick’s #22 Brabham has stretched out a comfortable 40-point lead after winning the first three races and finishing second in the fourth. Behind him, the battle for runner-up honours is tight. After his round 4 win, Marek’s #69 Porsche has drawn even with Chas’s Cooper. Old23’s Lotus lurks 8 points behind this pair with Newso’s Brabham a further 8 points back. So, though the championship looks to be a lock for Stu’s Brabham, there’s a good battle shaping up for the lower podium steps of the series ranking. The mid-field features a close 3-car battle between Phil’s Emeryson, RIR’s BRM and Stubbo’s Brabham. In the trailing group, Andi’s Lotus seems to have the legs to stay in front of the rest, though it seems unlikely he will catch up with the pack ahead.
In the GP2.5 Class, with two wins in four races Old23’s Maserati has opened a gap of 26 points ahead of Aloha’s BRM in 2nd. But Chris’s Lotus has shown improved form in recent races, including a win at Willow Park. Only 2 points behind Aloha, the reigning champion may well be a resurgent challenger for the 2016 title. Marek’s #69 Maserati had a bad race at Willow Park but was competitive everywhere else. I expect to see the Polish Prince back in the fight for a Championship podium finish. Chas’s Vanwall is 8 points further back but well clear of the mid-pack runners where Phil is battling hard to best his grandkids. Behind the Kalbfell family generational squabble, Ecurie Martini maintains a slim margin over Munter’s Vanwall, Rossko’s Bugatti, Keith’s Merc, David’s Moss-Maserati and Datto’s Silver Arrow. Unfortunately, Fastwagon’s #5 Maserati has been forced to return to home base for motor replacement and will miss the upcoming rounds.
Here are the Official Results for Race 5 at the Targa Burnaby:
In the GP1.5 class, after the hiccup at Willow Park Stu’s Brabham returned to its winning ways with another dominating run to finish a full lap ahead of Old23’s Lotus. Chas’s Cooper had another fine run to edge Phil’s Emeryson for the final step on the podium. The midfield was very tight at the Targa with third through ninth positions finishing within a couple of laps of one another. The Brabhams of Stubbo and Newso battled each other closely (as usual) to end up fifth and sixth ahead of RIR’s BRM in seventh place. After victory at Willow Park and podium finishes before that at Montana and Pebblestone, Marek’s Porsche could only manage a disappointing eighth at the hilly Targa circuit. In contrast, Fastwagon’s Honda had its best finish to date in ninth place. The GAS41T BT3, Andi’s Lotus 21, David’s BRM and Datto’s Ferrari completed the finishers.
The GP2.5 race saw Chrisguyw’s Lotus 16 scamper to a second win in a row, again by a comfortable margin of three laps. Strange that the winners of both classes wore the #22, the GP2.5 Lotus just failing to match the lap count of the 1.5 litre Brabham but posting a quicker fastest race lap. The pretty yellow AMCC Ferrari scored a welcome return to the podium in second place ahead of two early season race winners. The Old23 Maserati #14 and Aloha’s BRM crossed the line in a dead heat for third place! Phil’s Aston Martin, Rossko’s Bugatti and Martini’s 250F were hot in their tracks in fifth through seventh spots. Munter’s Vanwall ran a lonely race to eighth place. Two laps back, the Maserati of Marek and David Mitcham crossed the line together in ninth ahead of Chas’s Vanwall in an uncustomary eleventh. The two Mercedes of RetroRacer and Datto completed the finishers.
And here are the updated VRAA 2016 Championship Standings:
In the GP1.5 Championship race, Stu’s Brabham continues to extend its lead. Now 52 points ahead of the closest challenger, it’s hard to see how the green and gold #22 car can fail to take the title this year. Behind him, Old23’s Lotus #28 has moved ahead of Marek’s Porsche to challenge Chas’s Cooper for second place. Behind this group, there is a battle raging in the mid-field ranks with Newso’s Brabham, Phil’s Emeryson, Stubbo’s Brabham and RIR’s BRM still covered by only 14 points, though in a slightly different order to after the previous round. Andi’s Lotus still heads the final bunch, though they continue to slip further behind the mid-field with every round.
The GP2.5 Championship story is a very different one. Only two rounds back, the #14 Maserati enjoyed a substantial 28 point lead. Now, thanks to two wins by the resurgent #22 Lotus, that gap has been slashed to only 16. With three races remaining, and Chris’s Lotus seeming to have rediscovered its championship form from last year, the battle is truly joined. Aloha’s BRM is only 10 points back, so we can look forward to a three way fight for the title. The 250F of Marek, the Polish Prince, has slipped back into the mid-pack after a loss of form in recent races, though the #69 car still holds onto fourth place ahead of the improving AMCC Ferrari and Chas’s slipping Vanwall. Phil’s Aston Martin is moving up to challenge for a top six ranking ahead of the Martini Maserati in eighth. The Bugatti of Rossko and Munter’s Vanwall have swapped positions as “best of the rest”.
The VRAA transporters have started their long, cross-country trip from British Columbia to the suburbs of Toronto for the next round of the series at Art’s ‘Ring. Stay tuned for more action in the coming weeks as we enter the home stretch of the VRAA 2016 Championship.
For the record, here are the Official Race Results from Round 7 at Canfield Green:
As I have stated elsewhere, I have not received any Race Results from Round 6 at the ‘Ring in the almost eight weeks since that race was run. I will leave the door open for Art to post the full results, or send them to me by e-mail, until noon on Wednesday May 3rd. Failing that, Round 6 will be officially excluded from the VRAA 2016 Championship.
In the absence of Round 6 Results, here are the updated VRAA 2016 Championship Standings after Round 7 at Canfield Green.
With only the season finale at the world famous Cornwall Autodrome yet to be raced, the standings in both classes have shown some volatility, if not at the top of the charts then certainly behind the leaders.
In GP1.5, Stu’s dominant Brabham has pulled out an insurmountable 58 point lead and will be crowned VRAA 2016 GP1.5 Champion regardless of what happens in the final race. Chas’s Cooper had been closely challenged for runner-up honours by Old23’s Lotus until the latter’s disastrous result at Canfield Green dropped it out of contention for 2nd place and into a tie with Terry’s Brabham for the final step on the Championship podium. Marek’s Porsche had an even worse race at the Green and has fallen 10 points behind the 3rd place pair. However, the Autodrome is the Porsche’s home circuit and a great result could yet propel it onto the podium. A very tight three-way battle for 6th position, with only 6 points covering Stubbo’s Brabham, the Emeryson of Phil and RIR’s baby-blue BRM, promises excitement for race fans. Andi’s Lotus and Rossko’s BT3 are still scrapping over 9th place, while Fastwagon’s Honda has faded. Finally, the Ferrari of Datto and David’s BRM, now tied, will attempt to settle which will finish in last place.
In GP2.5, Old23’s Maserati has stretched its advantage to 22 points over Chris’s Lotus. A top six finish at the ‘Drome would seal the deal for the Centro Sud privateer, though only a foolish punter would think that the #22 Lotus is down and out. Aloha’s racy BRM is only 8 points back and seems certain of attaining at least the third step on the podium. And, if either of the leading cars falters, the BRM could move up. Behind these three, the Championship is out of reach but there is still plenty to fight for. AMCC’s Ferrari pulled ahead of Marek’s Polish Prince Maserati after the latter suffered a tire issue that wasn’t discovered until the car arrived at the Autodrome. Look for the #69 to be back near the front again for the final race. The Ecurie Martini Maser scored a surprise win at Canfield Green which moved it up to 7th, ahead of Phil’s Aston Martin. Similarly, the RetroRacer Mercedes’ popular 2nd place finish last time out saw it leap two rungs into a tie for 9th in the Championship with the Rossko Bugatti. The Fastwagon Maserati will continue to anchor the charts due to its mid-season withdrawal but ahead of it, as in GP1.5, the entries of David and Marc are locked in battle with only pride at stake. The Moss green Maser has an 18 point advantage over the struggling Mercedes.
There is much to be decided in both classes at the final race of the VRAA 2016 season. And don’t forget that the results of the Concours D’Elegance will be revealed at the same time as the racing Champions are announced.
With the addition of the Race 6 Results, the Championship race has changed somewhat:
In GP1.5, Stu's Brabham #22 is even further out of reach after his sixth win in seven races. This car is most deservedly the VRAA 2016 GP1.5 Champion. The fight for 2nd place is back on, albeit a long shot, as Old23's #28 Lotus has moved within 14 points of Chas's #6 Cooper. Terry's #47 Brabham has dropped 16 points behind the Lotus and will have a very tough time reaching the podium. In fact, the fight for 4th in the Championship is a close one, with Stubbo's Brabham, Marek's Porsche and even Phil's Emeryson in with a chance.
The GP2.5 race has definitely heated up after Chris's #22 Lotus registered its third win of the season to draw within 14 points of the Championship leader, Old23's #14 Maserati. If the Lotus converts its pole-winning performance at the Autodrome into another Race win and fastest lap, the #14 Maser will have to finish in the top three to hold on for the title. It will be a tension filled race, with any mishap likely to decide which car will be the GP2.5 Champion. Aloha's #8 BRM has a lock on 3rd place this season, but would now require some disaster to befall the two cars in front to result in a higher season finish. The fight for 4th has closed to within 2 points between the AMCC Ferrari and Marek's Maserati. A similar slim gap separates the Martini Maser and Phil's Aston Martin in the scrap for 6th place.
It will all be resolved this weekend at the Autodrome.
Post by David Mitcham on May 4, 2017 17:04:27 GMT -5
Many thanks for the latest up-date; its going to be very interesting to see how the championship tables look after the final round. Very best of luck to all the racers but particularly to the front runners.
The final race of the season at the Autodrome both confirmed some expectations and offered some surprises.
For the record, here are Official Results of Race 8 at the Autodrome:
Here are the updated and Final Standings in the VRAA 2016 Championship:
In GP1.5, Stu’s #22 Brabham posted yet another victory, its seventh of the year, but by the slimmest of margins over Old23’s #28 Lotus. But for a delay behind a de-slotted car in an adjacent lane, the final race result could easily have been reversed. The Championship picture, however, was never in doubt. Stu’s amazing Brabham was the class of the field everywhere we raced this year and is a most deserving Champion. Chas’s #6 Cooper had an uncharacteristically poor race in Round 8, but scored enough points to cling to the series runner-up honours ahead of the #28 Lotus. Newso’s #47 Brabham claimed 4th at season’s end, though Stubbo’s #16 Brabham and Phil’s #4 Emeryson were close behind -- the latter moving ahead of the #69 Porsche on the back of a fine podium finish at the Autodrome. Marek’s Porsche and RIR’s BRM ended the year in 7th and 8th respectively, well clear of the trailing pack. Andi’s pretty #8 Lotus came home 9th, comfortably ahead of the battle for the last place in the top ten between Rossko’;s #61 Brabham and Fastwagon’s #11 Honda, the place going to the turquoise Brabham. In the “Grand Prix des Escargots” (forgive me!), Datto’s Ferrari and David’s BRM ended in a tie at the bottom of the standings. Both are beautiful cars and a pleasure to drive, but were lacking in top speed and grunt out of the corners.
Here are the GP1.5 top three with their trophies (check out the VRAA 2016 Trophies thread for better photos of these beauties):
Going into the final race, the GP2.5 class was still an open fight between last years Champ, the #22 Lotus of Chris, and the #14 Maserati of Old23. The latter needed at least a 3rd place finish at the Autodrome to hold onto the Championship lead and it sealed the deal in style with a win. Across the season, both these cars won three races and finished well clear of Aloha’s 3rd place #8 BRM, the winner of the season opener at Mesa Roja. Thereafter, a solid season of top-six finishes resulted in a well-deserved final step on the Championship podium for the BRM. Marek’s #69 Maserati came home 4th ahead of AMCC’s #38 Ferrari at the head of a close battle for the mid-field positions. Phil’s #4 Aston Martin had two late season podiums that helped it climb into the 6th spot overall ahead of Chas’s #20 Vanwall. The Martini #28 Maserati scored one glorious win at the Canfield Green round, but otherwise struggled to finish a race in the top six. Its 8th place in the Championship is thanks to that one day in the sun. RetroRacer’s #2 Mercedes and Rossko’s #26 Bugatti ended in a tie for 9th to complete the top ten. We lost entrant and builder RetroRacer at the mid-point of the season, but his car raced on in his honour and scored an emotional 2nd place finish in Round 7. Munter’s #19 Vanwall, David’s #7 Maserati and Datto’s #10 Mercedes trailed the field apart from Fastwagon’s #5 Maserati which was forced to withdraw after Round 3 with a terminal motor problem.
Here are the GP2.5 top three with their trophies:
The winners in the Concours D’Elegance were just announced (see the Concours thread for details), with David Mitcham coming out on top for the second year running. His lovely BRM P48/57 featured exquisite detail and craftsmanship. On top of that, he carved the original body shell form out of a block of wood. Second place went to Andi Rowland’s Lotus 21, which showed some fine workmanship, especially in the elaborate suspension details. Finally, third place went to Stu’s GP1.5 Championship winning Brabham, proving that a very well detailed car can also be a very high performance one.
Here are the Concours D'Elegance top three with their trophies:
So there are the Final Results and Winners of our three classes in the VRAA 2016. I will post a wrap-up and some personal thoughts in a separate thread in the days to come.
Post by David Mitcham on May 9, 2017 1:49:34 GMT -5
Many, many thanks for organising the 2017 VRAA and for making it all run so smoothly. Thanks too to all the race organisers and drivers for all their commitment and hard work. Lastly thank you to Marc for producing such splendid trophies; a great idea.
Congratulations to the winners of two classes - splendid cars which not only look excellent but also manage to travel at considerable speed. This is a wonderful proxy series - long live the VRAA.
Needless to say I'm very pleased to be successful in the Concours particularly considering the quality of all the cars. The P48/57 wouldn't have been possible without the resin casting skill of John Warren - thank you John. I must try harder next time to produce a car that looks good and has good performance.
Thanks Stewart for all the work in getting this years event organized and run and keeping the scores on it all, very entertaining reading. Congrats to you on your 1st and 3rd placings too, well done and Congrats to Chris and Dale too. Re; 1.5 class; Well done Charles on 2nd your car was very fast and competitive on some of the tracks. Its good to see strong representation from the guys down under. I think There were 7 different cars on the podium at some stage or other and 5 or 6 fastest lap cars along the way which shows the depth of really competitive builds and those guys mixing it up with the points and sharing it around made the winning margin more than it would have otherwise been. Well done guys. As far as my car goes, well I wouldnt have ever expected that it would be such a consistent runner on so many tracks. It gets a bit nervous sitting on top and podium vertigo is always ever present with such a competitive bunch of fast cars. so Im pretty chuffed with its performance and the recognition in the concourse is just the ants pants. Thanks Marc for the Trophies, they look great Thanks to all the hosts and drivers and marshals and helpers. Well done to all the entrants, the field of cars look fantastic and well done to David and Andi on their splendid builds too.