The MINI of Charleston Racing team battled again for a 4th straight podium finish in the highly competitive Total Performance Showcase racing series. Robbie Davis took the first two qualifying sessions to learn the fast way around the famous 3.4 mile, 11 turn circuit that has been the site of the US Grand Prix Formula 1 races and an annual stop for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Davis qualified in the 5th position but wasted no time getting to third by the 3rd turn. Grand AM, the series sanctioning body, has dialed in the requirements for equal competition across several car manufacturers and the races have become such a tight battle that the winner is now determined by who does not make a mistake during the 45 minute sprint race. The Ford Fiesta team from Irish Mike’s Racing arrived with their newly approved shock absorber package and put them to good use. Todd Buras of Melbourne Florida lead for most of the race, coaching 18 year old Bobby Kennedy in the team car behind him. After a hard fought battle with Davis for the 2nd and 3rd positions, Kennedy used his new knowledge to pass his mentor and team member, Buras on the last lap for the win. Kennedy finished a nose ahead of Buras’ Ford with Davis’ MINI right on their tails. Following Davis was the 4th place MINI of Ed Magner and rounding out the MINI party was Chip Howell in 5th. Mid-Ohio race winner, Brian Audet dropped out after suffering a flat tire in his MINI in the opening laps.
“The MINI was fantastic today, but the long straights of the Glen favor the Ford’s larger throttle restrictor opening. I had the handling even with the Fiesta’s new shock package, but couldn’t gain ground on the straights” said Davis. “We finished the race and although we flogged the MINI; the Continental Tires and Carbotech brakes both looked barely used at the end of the race. This has got to be some of the closest racing of any series in the country.” As a testament to Davis’ statement, the top 5 cars fastest laps times were only separated by .216 of a second.
The series takes some time off and will regroup for the next event in September at Mazda (Laguna Seca) Raceway in northern California.
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