Shannonville Motorsport Park — SMP Cup 2022

Shannonville Motorsport Park  reached out to the club to see if there would be any volunteer interest to help run the races over the course of the June 4-5th.  And interest there was so it’s a great big thank you to Rob, Brent, Mike, Mary, Wayne and Ed.  The weather was fantastic and so was the close racing by our members in attendance. The run groups were smaller than usual as there was a Regional Race at Calabogie but that didn’t deter from the excitement on track.

I wasn’t able to make it to the track on Saturday but our very own Pat Cyr had a heated battle for his first win of the weekend in the GT2 class and went on to win again in the first race on Sunday morning and finished a close second in the final race of the day. Pat put on a stellar performance and the excited announcer couldn’t keep his eyes off the pair of duelling BMW’s as they raced bumper to bumper all weekend – Well done Pat.

Danny Corrcoran’s success in his late model 2008 Impala was also noteworthy as Dan managed three third place finishes in the GT1 category followed closely by Mark Busscher who placed 4th in two races in his 2013 Camaro. Mark had to come from the back of the field after losing a bolt in the shifter during race 2 and DNFing but was awarded the Hard Charger award in the final race making up 15 places to retain his steady 4th place finish.

Our club doctor at large was also in attendance with his new 92 Van Diemen Formula Ford. Unfortunately for Chris he was plagued with mechanical gremlins all weekend and wasn’t able to complete any of the 3 races. Having raced myself in the Toyo 1600 series for 4 years I know exactly how frustrating that can be but it’s a testament to his enthusiasm to keep on trying. Chasing electrical faults and loose bolts is part of the deal with these older cars but they remain competitive and a blast to drive- so “chin up” Chris as my English dad used to say.

The Toyo series put on an excellent show as American newcomer William Ferguson won both races on Sunday in a very tight contest with Britain West’s Jake Cowden. It was Willaim’s first race weekend in one of Brian Graham’s beautiful Pipers but that didn’t stop the young 17 year old from beating many seasoned 1600 drivers. Keep an eye out for him as he makes his way up the ladder. I personally complimented him on a job well done as Shannonville is a very difficult track to master in such a short time.

 

May club news

ST LAP III
Vini.  Vidi.  Vici.  Our first evening of lapping day at Shannonville held on May 26th was a huge success!  With over 39 drivers, it was a great way to start the season.  Were you there?  If so, why not send us some pictures?

In addition you will find the remaining speed waiver links below for the  St Lap III events, as well as the waiver to our full lapping day on Wednesday July 13th.  The links will also be posted in the St Lac calendar on the homepage at www.stlac.ca.  Several of you have mentioned you do not own a smartphone but don’t worry as we can use a 3rd party’s phone to sign the waiver and will do so accordingly at registration.  Please try and arrive as early as possible as we will have registration open at 4:30 for the first outing as the new waiver will undoubtedly add some delays to the queue.
For the racers participating in St Lap III we still have two more spaces available for the lapping passes, otherwise we are a full house for the evening sessions for the two road car groups.
Getting Techee With It
As previously mentioned John Kinnear will be hosting an annual tech session starting at 3:00 on the 26th and we’ll be in the Fabi paddock as in previous years.  Racers who are  not running the evening session can still come out for your annual tech inspection as it’s a coup having John do this prior to any upcoming  regional race weekends.
Alan Pawling Memorial Lapping Day
In contrast to our sold out evening sessions we are sucking air so far for attendees for the club’s midweek lapping day in July on the 13th as we have only two registrants so far. Here is the link for the event:  https://www.motorsportreg.com  The speedwaiver is included in the listing.
However I’m confident with all of your help and networking we can get the enrolment headed upwards and we have two months to spread the word.    Break even is 34 cars so please take the time to speak to your friends and fellow gearheads as this club lapping day, in memory of Allan Pawling, offers the best value on track that I am aware of in the region.  In comparison SMP was charging $300 for a single day of sessions for their recent Spring Fling Event while our member fee for even more track time  is $145.00 (that’s $200 for non-members which includes a membership).  All the racers out there please note that this is a great opportunity to prepare for the BARC event at CTMP later in July.
We are living in strange times, all the political turmoil aside, as by 2026 all new vehicles produced in the EU will be speed limited to 120kph and our US neighbours have decided by 2024 to legislate kill switches in all new vehicles to boot.. I struggle with my gas burning obsession on a regular basis but it won’t surprise me if our passion for driving on closed circuits  is taxed heavily and clubs like ours are one of the few places ICE vehicles will be allowed to come out and play.  So let’s all enjoy it while we can.
DC