Virginia International Raceway – April 2015

13th Annual Wild Hare Run

VIR April 10 – 12
It is hard to imagine a better start to a new VS2 racing season than VIR in April with VDCA. VIR’s variety of corners, always changing elevation and off track amenities are magnificent. VDCA, with Mike Jackson’s leadership, offers plenty of track time that runs to schedule under sensible management. And April in Virgina is lovely, especially this year and especially for those of us who live further North and are still waiting for spring to reliably arrive. If you missed this great event I recommend you make it a priority next year.

This was VDCA’s 13th Annual Wild Hare Run, and VIR regulars may recall that the first Wild Hare Run kicked off vintage racing at VIR when the track reopened after its long slumber. The monster events — the Mitty at Road Atlanta, the Hawk at Road America, Indy — get a lot of attention, but smaller events like this have much to offer with longer sessions, less crashing and a generally more collegial vibe. And when we show up in significant numbers we can get our own race group, which is really nice. VDCA makes this event work by sharing marketing chores with VRG and track expenses with the BWM Club.

Sunday’s feature races were preceeded by the one hour enduro before lunch. The visual and oral diversity of the cars in these events is always a treat. This one featured a mix of 356 and 911 Porsches, a few Formula Vees, several of our Sports 2000s, a BWM CSL Batmobile, an immaculate Elva Mk6 with an incredible race history, an audacious Lola T70 Mk3B coupe, and, well, you get the idea. VDCA sensiby limits the size of the enduro to give everyone room to maneuver and the racers all seemed to find racing room after the green flag. The most potentially serious incident of the weekend occured when the T70 approached two formula cars racing each other towards the end of VIR’s long back straight at an enormous closing speed and had to take to the grass in avoidance and spun. Fortunately no one was hurt and the Lola amazingly suffered only very minor damage, but it was a reminder that we all need to be especially aware in these diverse fields. In the end, only the driver of a Porsche 914-6 GT in third broke up the S2000s of Ben Sinnott, Claude Malette, Andrew Lewis and Dave Bondon in first through fifth respectively.
It was only a couple of years ago that we kept getting close to the 20 S2s level but never quite seemed to get there. Now we seem to reliably have 20 or more cars at VS2 events, and this year at VIR was consistent with that with exactly 20 entrants. 20 is just a number but it usually means we can get a favorable slot on the schedule, our own race, that there are plenty of people to race with and so on.

As usual, our group showcased great, close racing on Saturday and again Sunday in the S2000 feature race. There was passing and repassing all through the field and rather than try and recount it all I will simply oberserve that only a handful of drivers finished the races in the same position they started. Check out the lap charts on MyLaps for details.

One race that must be discussed in some detail was the contest between Joey Selmants and Ben Sinnott for first and second on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to being unbelievably close clean racing, it was also an important reminder about where we should focus our racing energies. Joey Selmets is in his early 20s and has competed successfully in a handful of races in the Formula Ford 2000 series that is the first step after karts on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series for aspiring professional open wheel racers. Joey races Sports 2000 with us to learn or get addtional track time at tracks that are part of the Road to Indy series. Joey won both days from pole in a Swift DB2 that is generally not considered as capable as the later Lolas and Carbir’s competing in our group. So the reminder is that we should focus on our driving instead of obsessing about car related stuff. Joey had to work for it both days. On Saturday, Ben was able to lead crossing start/finish on one lap late in the race, but Joey got back in front for the checker. On Sunday, Ben was only 0.602 seconds behind at the flag after turning the fastest lap of the race and a personal best 1:57.042. Joey’s eight laps in a row in the 1:57s were the very model of consistency.

So the 13th Annual Wild Hare Run was a fun, exciting and successful event. Thanks to VDCA and Mike Jackson for making it happpen. Don’t miss it next year.

A full PDF of the April 11th-12th Wild Hare Run can be found here.

Results for Sat. 04/11/15

S-2

  • 1st: Joey Selmants
  • 2nd Ben Sinnott
  • 3rd Claude Malette
  • 4th Owen Adelman
  • 5th Mark Coombs
  • 6th Henry Payne IV
  • 7th David Calafato
  • 8th Dave Bondon
  • 9th Nate Scigliano

    VS2

  • 1st Dominc Incantalupo

    HS2

  • 1st Peter Krause
  • 2nd Andrew Lewis
  • 3rd Tom Kane
  • 4th Tom LaCosta
  • Results for Sun. 04/12/15

    S-2

  • 1st: Joey Selmants
  • 2nd Ben Sinnott
  • 3rd Claude Malette
  • 4th Dave Handy
  • 5th Henry Payne IV
  • 6th Mark Coombs
  • 7th David Calafato
  • 8th Owen Adelman
    DNS
    Dave Bondon


    VS2
    DNS
    Dominic Incantalupo


    HS2

  • 1st Peter Krause
  • 2nd Andrew Lewis
  • 3rd Tom LaCosta
    DNS
    Tom Kane
  • Eligibility in Prize Drawings

    In fairness to all of our members and generous sponsors, the board in requesting that all members who wish to be eligible for the prize drawings conducted at each VS2NA event to please remember the following requirements:

    a) Season Membership paid

    b) Sponsor Decals displayed on the car. You do not need every sponsor displayed, but at least 6-8

    c) Hoosier tire winners must be racing with Hoosier tires on their car

    d) The correct class (HS2, VS2, or S2) and minimum weight (1310 or 1335) must be displayed on the car