From Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin- June 18th, 2017- As expected the second race of the GPfour double header at the June Sprints did not disappoint. Every race this season has been a spectacle to watch and this weekend at Road America continued that trend. The GPfour series runs the SCCA enterprise spec formula car Van diemen chassis with Mazda power and American Racer tires. Congratulations to Steve Stadel from One Formula racing on this GPfour North central series event. Many Drivers from all of the current divisions competed this weekend at the June Sprints and we ended up with 18 cars making the start after a couple late cancellations right before the race. We were thrilled to see such a nice grid of cars because its so crucial to help promote the series.
Elliot Finlayson was determined to win this race today but there were several obstacles standing in the way of his determination . The first challenger to Finlayson was Gpfour South points leader Justin Gordon. Justin made an aggressive start which is not usual for the South Florida Speedster. Today after seeing his chances fade yesterday with a brake problem Gordon was all over Finlayson from the first turn. The two ran nose to tail for the first several laps and it looked like Gordon may make the pass to take the lead. Gordon was anxious today which is not his usual forte and he had an off road incident which sidelined him for the day. Justin is a really nice kid and a heck of a driver and the south division lost its big chance at a win when he was sidelined.
After Gordon was out of the picture Dean Opperman was ready to pounce. Dean had spent the previous laps sizing up Finlayson finding a possible weak spot to make his move. Dean had to be careful because Rhett Barkau was right on his rear wing looking for his chance to make a pass. Opperman was driving another fine race as he went by for the lead on lap 6 . Opperman ran wide on one of the turns and fell back into 2nd again with Elliot moving back into the lead.. Dean wasn’t done yet though,he was seeing visions of being a double winner at the 62nd running of the June Sprints so he made another move for the lead on lap 10 and it stuck. Unfortunately Finlayson wasn’t have any of that and he passed him back as Opperman fell back slightly into the clutches of young Gun Barku running with One Formula Motorsports. The rest of the laps Finlayson had a nice lead and pulled off a great win which added to his points lead in the GPfour north central points championship. Turns out that e.finlayson lost is battery just after crossing the finish and his car rolled to a stop one turn later. Dean opperman pulled off a great 2nd place finish and Rhett Barkau grabbed 3rd. One name that we didn’t see at the top in this race was Quinten Nelson, that guy is always quick but he had some bad mechanical misfortune this weekend which prevented him from his usual top finishing position. He is a Scott Rettich Protégé from Alliance Autosport and he certainly has proved that he has what it takes to win races in this series. The 4th spot was another great battle. keith Carter in his apex speed entry and Lee Rackley in the Castrol oil machine were putting on a driving clinic as the two of them were running side by side and nose to tail for several laps but Lee managed to win by probably a wheel nut as they crossed the start finish side by side. Carter continues his streak of top 5 finishes which should really move him up in the points after this weekend. Lee Rackley captured the masters top spot with that 4th place. Sabre’ Cook from Alliance Autosports had another great run finishing 6th as she is gaining speed each time out. The team hasn’t fully decided if she is going to attend next weekends GPfour Northeast race at Watkins Glen. Daniel Smith from Indianapolis Grabbed 7th after suffering some problems yeaterday , Elliot Sohn 8th, James Dziewior 9th and Virginia driver Eric Cruz rounded out the top 10. Thomas Burt from Bulldog motorsports made the trip from the west coast finished 11th, John Mcaleer from south series finished 12th and Indiana driver Clemens Burger finished 13th . GPfour is proving to be one of the most competitive classes in the SCCA.
The Gpfour series is gaining attention because of the vast amount of talented drivers running in the class. Young drivers that are trying to make a career of racing are using this series to get the tools they need to move up the ladder. This series also attracts drivers that are just looking to race for a hobby as well. Everyone likes to race for a purpose and that is why we have structured this series using regional championships and a dedicated website so You can follow your region . (series website www.GPFOURINFO.COM) This class is the best bang for the buck and it allows a young aspiring driver to run for the Mazda shootout at the SCCA Runoffs. Primus Racing Motorsports has a storied history over the last 25 plus years of sending drivers on to greatness in motorsports. Including 4 indy 500 winners and countless other racing champions have come from our Race series, Race teams and customers. We have always focused on providing the best platforms for racing always being conscious of cost which is so important for aspiring drivers on limited budgets. The Gpfour series is another chapter in the Primus legacy of champions. These goals couldn’t be achieved without the support of partners including SCCA enterprises ,Mazda Engines , American Racer tires, Aim electronics, Driven Race Oil, PFC brakes and Racer Magazine . Its are goal with the support of these companies to provide a special platform for all of our drivers in the series.
The next event on the GPfour northeast schedule is this coming weekend at Watkins Glen International and it looks like we are going to have decent field for that race so we encourage everyone to come out and joins us at the SCCA Super Major Tour. The next North central race will be at Gingerman raceway July 7th and 8th and the next South race is at Barber motorsports park in August. We plan on making that a really special event at Barber, so if you haven’t seen that place you should really go just to see the Disney like grounds around the track and best car museum on the planet. We will see you at Watkins Glen and hope to see everyone real soon at a GPfour race near you.