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Eric Fischer Leads the Way with Event 2 Win!

By Edgar Perez

March 26, 2011 - Englishtown, NJ - Today we started the points seas╬on for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters. Several of our racers took advantage of last week's warm-up race and were now back in action to start the championship chase. The first points day is always full excitement as we all go into round 1 tied for first place. It is like opening day for the baseball season or any other sport for that matter. Of course it is not all about the points chase as the series is open to all Corvette racers regardless of how many race dates you can make. We started the season with our defending Champion, Ralph Savarese, sitting out the race. I'd say he is giving everyone a head start but in reality he had a previous engagement keeping him from making the first race.

There were 39 entries in the Corvette Challenge today complemented by 11 entries in the 11.50 Index and 9 in the 10.50 Index for a total of 59. For the same race a year ago, we had 75 total entries. The turnout, while good is a sign of the time showing it is harder for folks to have the expendable cash to go racing so we appreciate those of you that can continue to race with the series.

Round 1

37 racers came out for round 1 today. Doug Berecki got us started in the first pair with his C4 Corvette against point rookie Mark Fields. Fields would leave first with a 14.72 and Doug would follow with a 14.13. This may have been the first time in the series that Bereczki would be the faster Corvette. An .068 reaction time was better than Fields' .102 light allowing Bereczki to catch and pass Fields for the win. Fields ran too quick for his dial and broke out with a 14.648. The best reaction time of the round was owned by Frank Fiori from Delaware with his '79 Corvette when he left the staring line only .028 from the green. He was dialed 12.85 to his opponent's, John Panuzzo, 12.33. Panuzzo could not wait for the light to go green and left too early lighting the red light with a -.056 giving Fiori the win in round 1. Just missing a perfect light with a -.009 was Ralph Blauvelt in his Black C4 Corvette. His red made John Trescott a winner. You may have noticed that John is driving a new to him Corvette, a White C4 formerly owned by Ken Rammer. In the next pair, Rich Shuleski, from Pennsylvania did the same thing, -.009 red, giving Bruce Kopcko a pass to round 2. The closest race of the round had the winner determined by .0281 of a second. It involved James Peins, back from taking a year off recuperating from surgery. He was a winner with a 13.831 on 13.77 dial being chased by Tony Cupolo with a 11.562 on 11.48 dial.

On the way to the final, Rob Farley would be paired with Shawn Cavanagh. Both drivers wheeling C5 Corvettes. Farley dialed in at 11.41 and Caavanagh, a supercharged entry, would dial 10.52. In a double-breakout finish, Farley was the winner running under by the least. His 11.405 was better than Cavanagh's 10.481. That is just a .0344 margin of victory for Rob. On the other side, Eric Fischer was lucky enough to be randomly select for the bye run. He dialed is Green C5 Corvette in at 11.58 and nearly ran dead on with an 11.579 at 115.68 mph.

2011 Event 2 Ladder

Round 2

There were only 19 racers left for the round and we would be on the ladder that was based on drivers reaction time round 1. Frank Fiori would be the number 1 seed and would get to make a free pass. He dialed 12.85 and ran 12.973 with a very good .030 reaction time. We had several racers run dead-on, meaning they ran their prediction to the hundredth, but one pair had both drivers go dead-on. That contest involved our eventual winner. Eric Fischer, dialed 11.58, would give the head start to Ken Baranski dialed 14.49. Fischer was off green with .117 reaction time and Baranski, who had already left by the time Eric left, went .158 green. Fischer takes the win stripe with a 11.586 at 110.24 while Baransksi took the loss with a 14.498. Tough to lose with dead-on pass. Also going dead-on were James Peins and Ellis Gray each taking a win with the great prediction over Bruce Kopko and Louis LaFerrara respectively. The best reaction time of the round went to Rob Farley with a .023 defeating Bob Treischmann who broke the rear in the car on the pass.

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Frank Fiori won the 'Best Winning Reaction Time - 1st Round plaque presented by Raceway Park for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Frank Fiori was quickest on the tree with the win light in the 1st round when with a .028 reaction time.
  • Ralph Blauvelt won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ralph Blauvelt's light was -0.009 and was awarded a plaque from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Doug Bereczki won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .018 off his dial. Doug Bereczki was awarded a plaque and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Raceway Park when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of . That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, earned a plaque from Raceway Park.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy. With 59 cars making this event (combined Corvette Challenge and Pro class(es)), we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

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