SEDIV Time Trial Mid-Year Report

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SEDIV Time Trials Committee Report 

Submitted by Craig Farr – Presented at SEDIV Mid-Year Meeting 7/16/16

 

The 2016 TT Championship Program has started off thru 3 events with 74 drivers competing in 29 classes.  Overall in 2016, TT entries are down 18% from 2015.

TGPR entries were down 25%.  The CCR Memorial Day TT entries at CMP following the SARRC weekend were down 39%.  Dragon cut back to June only and saw 3% higher entries.  Our TT website, www.sedivtt.com, provides a wealth of information about our TT program.  Since there are 8 SEDIV TT Championship points events, it will take 4 events to qualify for the class championships and 6 events can be counted for points.

CMP weekend was challenged by Hurricane Bonnie that decided to parallel park off the NC/SC coastline and threaten stormy looking weather all day.  However, other than a slightly damp and slippery track in the early sessions, it stayed dry and the sun peeked out momentarily during later sessions.  Track time was not influenced by the storm and drivers continued until they ran out of tires or gas.  Great track, and a good time for all who participated.  The weather prediction for the day (90% chance of thunderstorms) likely had an impact on overall participation as there were only a handful of open-top cars.  Several class records were set among the TT drivers which shows how competitive the combination of CMP and the current crop of drivers are when brought together.

In August, we will repeat the TT at Barber Motorsports Park in conjunction with a Double SECS/SARRC.  For the first time in an SEDIV TT, we will have open passing in 2 Run Groups and restricted passing in one group.  Charlotte will repeat in August.  TGPR will return on October 1-2.  The November 19-20 Roebling Road TT will be a dual race/points event and serve as the SEDIV TT Championship Series Runoff.

Overall, PDX entries are running the same as 2015.  For the first time, Florida Region ran a PDX at PBIR.  CFR sponsors 6 PDX at Sebring and Daytona.  CFR believes that PDXs are a strong part of SCCA’s participation growth and is growing its program.

 2016 TT TT School PDX    2016 PDX
TGPR – TVR/ALA – Apr 32 5 10 RA – ATL – Mar 27
CMP – CCR – May 17 4 Daytona – CFR – Apr 81
Dragon – CCR – Jun 38 Daytona – CFR – May 27
Charlotte – CCR – Aug ? ? PBIR – FLR – May 19
Barber – TVR/ALA – Aug ? Sebring – CFR – Jun 31
TGPR – TVR/ALA – Oct ? ? ? Sebring – CFR – Jul ?
Roebling Road 1 – Bucc – Nov ? RA – ATL – Jul ?
Roebling Road 2 – Bucc – Nov ? ? Daytona – CFR – Aug ?
Sebring – CFR – Sep ?
ARRC – ATL – Nov ?

 

This is the draft 2017 TT Schedule.  The Memorial Day CMP SARRC is moving a week later and the TT/PDX day will not happen.

2017 Date Region TT (L3) PDX (L1) HC (L4) TT School
TGPR Apr 8-9 TVR/ALA X X X
Dragon May 13-14 CCR X
Charlotte Aug 11 CCR X X
Barber Aug 26-27 TVR/ALA X    
TGPR Sep 30-Oct 1 TVR/ALA X X X
Roebling Nov 18-19 BUC X X X
     
Roebling Feb 17-19 BUC   X  
Road Atlanta Mar 18-19 ATL X
Daytona Apr 8-9 CFR X
Daytona May 5 CFR   X
Sebring Jun 10-11 CFR X
Sebring Jul 22-23 CFR X
Road Atlanta Jul 29-30 ATL X
PBIR TBD FLA X
Daytona Aug 4 CFR X
Sebring Sep 2-3 CFR X
Daytona Sep 29 CFR   X  
ARRC Nov 5 ATL   X  

The SEDIV TT Committee sought assistance from the REs.

Getting Time Trials information to all of the potential TT drivers and Road Racers in SEDIV continues to be a challenge.  While the members of the TT Committee are active in their Regions, what about the Regions where there is no TT Committee member?  What can we do to improve that?  We will be sending each of the REs information about the overall TT schedule and the SEDIV TT website, specific information about entering each TT event, and other TT information.  We will be asking all of the REs to post this information on their websites, FaceBook, put the specific event information in their forums, and get it out to their mailing lists.  While those Regions who have TT Committee membership can rely on their representatives, it is the other SEDIV Regions where we especially need assistance.

The SEDIV TT Committee revised the SEDIV TT SOP in order to be consistent with SCCA’s changes in the TT structure.  It was approved by the REs.

The SEDIV TT Committee nominated Ted Theodore as the SEDIV DTTC representative to replace Craig Farr.  The REs approved.

SEDIV Time Trial Report for 2015 – St. Simons

The following Time Trial report was made at the 2016 St. Simons SEDIV Convention February 6th.

2015 SEDIV Meeting    –  SEDIV Time Trials Committee Report

The SEDIV TT Program continues to be one of the best TT programs in the country.  Overall, the 9 race TT Championship Series averaged 35.3 drivers per event which is a 10% improvement over the average of the previous 5 years.  Twenty-three Regions participated — CCR (21%), ATL (18%), TVR (13%) and ALA (9%) provided 61% of the Drivers.  There were 318 entrants in 42 car classes.  172 different drivers ran TT which is well above the seven year average of 156.  20% of the drivers ran 3 or more events.  We had 13 Class Champions and 18 drivers who each ran 5 or more events.  The most popular classes were CSP (12%), SU (11%), SM (8%), ITS and GT2 (6% each).  Solo based cars made up 35% of the entries, GCR 49%, and the Wings n’ Things 15%.  So you can see where the strength of the TT program lies.  Our TT website, www.sedivtt.com, continues to improve and provides a wealth of information about our TT program.

Ted Theodore has served with distinction as the DA for the past 3 years.  SEDIV presented Ted with the prestigious Jacque Holland Award which is given to the SEDIV Official who has exhibited by their actions toward fellow members that they consider their relationship to be like family.

The Second Gear program loaned out gear 26 times to drivers in the Southeast.  The “free loaner” program continues to allow beginning drivers to get involved economically. We have had some shoes that fell apart and gloves that were too holey to be repaired.  We would appreciate donations of ANY gear (except helmets)  but especially need shoes, balaclavas, gloves, arm restraints and socks.  From the Second Gear program manager Ted Theodore: “Big thanks to all the drivers who have donated gear in the past 4 years.  It continues to be used to help others get started.  We appreciate your support of the Southeast Division Time Trial Program.”

Both Dragon hill climbs were conducted successfully with the assistance and support of the NC Department of Natural Resources and Graham County Tourism.  Both events attracted a number of new drivers to hill climbing and in some cases this was the first TT event for these individuals.  Both events suffered somewhat due to weather which was a mix of rain and sun.  Even with that, a number of record times were set including an overall course record by Allen Skillicorn in his Prince LSR1 – P1 car at 114.087 seconds.  Special thanks to all the workers, many of whom had to brave large insects, tall grass, and heavy downpours during the events.

The November Roebling Road TT/PDX was a dual points event and served as the SEDIV TT Championship Series Runoff much like the SIC.  Ten of the thirteen TT Class Championships were decided at Roebling.

The Double SARRC/SECS and TT at Barber Motorsports Park again presented a successful TT and Club Race format that has proven to be a successful financial model for other SEDIV and National Regions.  Barber did not have a Friday Practice Day so the TT sessions were scheduled before SARRC/SECS Qual and SARRC/SECS Races to allow the Club Racers to use them as practice time.  TT drivers got experience running with Club Racers.  Of the 57 Barber TT entries, 38 hold Competition licenses.

In 2015, PDX entries were very close to 2014.  There were 13 PDX events with an added PDX at Daytona.  CCR does a Friday Night PDX at Charlotte aimed at rewarding the weekend race workers.  Atlanta Region incorporates PDX during the Sunday Quiet Time at Road Atlanta with good success.  CFR runs their PDXs in conjunction with CFR races and Driver’s Schools.  In 2016, PDX events increase to 15 with CFR adding PDX to the Test Days at Daytona.

For 2016, your SEDIV TT leadership will be:  Shane Findlan CCR (DA), Craig Farr TVR (DTTC Rep), Mark Rothermel TVR (Safety Steward), and the TT Committee members: Delanie Calhoun ALA, Dustin Stevenson ATL, Don Johnson Buccaneer, Tony Wentworth CCR, Art Trier CFR, and Tony Ewing TVR.

 

 2015 TT TT School PDX    2015 PDX
TGPR – TVR/ALA – Apr 49 6 11 RA – ATL – Mar 21
CMP – CCR – May 28 10 Daytona – CFR – Apr 76
Dragon – CCR – Jun 37 Daytona – CFR – May 32
Charlotte – CCR – Aug 11 12 Sebring – CFR – Jun 32
Barber – TVR/ALA – Aug 57 Sebring – CFR – Jul 61
Dragon – CCR – Sep 40 RA – ATL – Jul 33
TGPR – TVR/ALA – Oct 26  4  7 Sebring – CFR – Sep 53
Roebling Road 1 – Bucc – Nov 38 29 ARRC – ATL – Nov 11
Roebling Road 2 – Bucc – Nov 32

Looking forward, we have another robust TT schedule in 2016 with Championship and PDX events.  There are 8 Championship TT points events which means it takes 4 TT Championship points events to qualify for the year end championships.

TT Championship
2016 Date Region PDX (L1) TT (L3) HC (L4) TT School
Road Atlanta Mar 18-20 ATL X
TGPR Apr 9-10 TVR/ALA X X X
Daytona Apr 9-10 CFR X
Daytona May 6 CFR X  
CMP May 30 CCR X X
Sebring Jun 11-12 CFR X
Dragon Jun 11-12 CCR   X
Sebring Jul 23-24 CFR X
Road Atlanta Jul 24 ATL X
Daytona Aug 5 CFR X  
Charlotte MS Aug 12 CCR X X
Barber Aug 27-28 TVR/ALA   X
Sebring Sep 3-4 CFR X    
Daytona Sep 16 CFR X    
TGPR II Oct 1-2 TVR/ALA X X X
ARRC Nov 6 ATL X
Roebling Nov 19 BUC X X
Roebling Nov 20 BUC X X

TTAC REPORT:  First, a significant benefit to the TT drivers.  The TT license application no longer requires a Doctor’s medical.  The Applicant’s Medical History is sufficient unless there are extenuating medical issues.  Second, the TTAC is reorganized into two groups for 2016 – the National Time Trials Committee (NTTC) and the Divisional TimeTrials Committee (DTTC).  The NTTC will focus on a strategic view and expanding the TT program nationally.  The DTTC will be made up of representatives chosen by their divisions with a focus on helping the TT program flourish.  DTTC voting members will be from those Divisions who have an active TT program with other members from Divisions who want to establish a TT program.  The SEDIV TT Committee will not be affected.  SEDIV should see no change to their TT Program.

 

Full Report can be downloaded here :   2015 Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Lap for the next driver in the Locke Family

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Our SEDIV TT drivers and event staff  celebrated a “Lap at Roebling Road” with Krafton and Julie Locke during the Buccaneer Region’s Time Trial  this month! The Lockes were celebrating the new addition to the family.  According to the doctors, there will be a son to follow in his dad’s tire tracks sometime in March next year! Congratulations to you all three! Mom and Dad to be asked us to pass along a  “Big thanks to our corner workers who flagged us all the way around.”

We look forward to the birth announcement and pictures. 

 

 

SCCA SEDIV Time Trial Championship – Points and WINNERS!

22sedivclip Full points standings are HERE

Your 2015 Champions are :

Shane Findlan BSP 1st CCR-61
Tony Ewing CSP 1st TVR-93
Delanie Calhoun CSP 2nd ALA-1
Brian Gause ESP 1st CCR-61
John Wade FSP 1st TVR-93
Mark Rothermel FV 1st TVR-93
Bill F. Coffey GT1 1st FLA-11
Bill Coffey GT2 1st BUC-34
Bob Saville GT2 2nd CCR-61
Nadine Saville GT2 3rd CCR-61
Steven Ulbrik ITB 1st CFR-83
Bryan Toth ITS 1st CCR-61
Jim Daniel SM 1st TVR-93
Ron Richey SPU 1st ATL-3
Vicki Lanning Eckerich STU 1st CCR-61
Richard Burgess SU 1st NCR-55
Rocco Bocchicchio SU 2nd ETR-68
Krafton Locke SU 3rd CCR-61


THANKS for a GREAT YEAR! We look forward to 2016 Season! 
First in class will receive a Championship jacket and trophy. Second and Third will receive trophies. All will be awarded at the SEDIV Convention and Banquet in February! See you there.

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