Beautiful Weekend at TGPR – THANKS Alabama and TV Regions!

 

Great turn out and wonderful weather for the 2017 kickoff event of the SCCA Southeastern Division Time Trial Championship Series. Great competition, beautiful weather… awesome weekend. Special thanks to event management, TT and PDX drivers and instructors!

Final Results – Click HERE

Class Results – Click HERE

TT Class Records for TGPR – Click HERE

 

SCCA SEDIV Time Trial Championship – Points and WINNERS!

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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.

LAST CHANCE Time Trial – Roebling Road SEASON ENDER Nov. 14 & 15

IMG_1084 The Buccaneer Region proudly present the DOUBLE POINTS season ender Last Chance Time Trial at Roebling Road in Savannah, GA on November 14 and 15!

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This is the final event of the 2015 SCCA Southeast Division Time Trial Championship!  Many Class Championships are still up for grabs. We will also hold a PDX for those wanting to get some time on track with instruction.

We look forward to a great weekend with great friends, great cars and great competition  See you there! 

Register HERE for Time Trial or PDX .

Event Info  & Supps  HERE

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Going back to TALLY! Oct. 10 & 11 – TGPR Registration open!

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Registration is now open for the Fall Little Talledega  Grand Prix Time Trial hosted by TVR and Alabama Regions! 

Register here today 

TENNESSEE VALLEY/ALABAMA REGIONS

SEDIV TIME TRIALS

CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT, TT School & PDX

October 10-11, 2015

TALLADEGA GRAN PRIX RACEWAY

Sanction # 15-TT-3464-S, 15-PDX-3465-S

 

Chief Steward        Spike Pannell    Registrar              Sam Copeland

Safety Steward       Andy Tow         Chief Instructor    Brett Whisenant

 

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway is a 1.41 mile road course located on Alabama State Highway 21, 12 miles south of Oxford, Alabama, and 8 miles north of Talladega, Alabama.  The track has showers, restrooms, compressed air, Electrical hook-ups, and 98 octane unleaded fuel.  Overnight camping is permitted.  Electricity is available through Talladega Grand Prix Raceway for $10 per day per 115v outlet and $15 per day per 30/50 amp outlet.  The track gate will be locked each evening at 10:30 p.m.  There is a payphone at the track (256-362-9985).  The caller should ask to have their party paged.  The track concession stand WILL BE OPEN for breakfast and lunch, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 

Event Headquarters will be at the Track.

TGPR, 46 Pilgrim Lane, Munford, AL 362684 www.tgprace.com

2015 MID-YEAR REPORT FOR SEDIV Time Trial Program

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2015 SEDIV Mid-Year Meeting  

SEDIV Time Trials Committee Report

 

The 2015 TT Championship Program has started off thru 3 events with 114 drivers competing in 29 classes.  Overall in 2015, TT entries are up 5% from 2014.

TGPR entries were higher (8%) than 2014.  The CCR Memorial Day TT/PDX at CMP following the SARRC weekend increased entries 40%.  Dragon moved back to June but saw 14% lower entries.  The May Road Atlanta TT was a casualty of their May race loss.  Our TT website, www.sedivtt.com, provides a wealth of information about our TT program.

 

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 with a Point-by.  Chasing the Dragon will return on September 12-13 and TGPR on October 10-11 <THIS IS A DATE CHANGE>.  The November 14-15 Roebling Road TT will be a dual race/points event and serve as the SEDIV TT Championship Series Runoff like the SIC.

 

Overall, PDX entries are running slightly below 2014.  For the first time, the CFR May PDX at Daytona used the long course with banking on the test day preceding the SECS.  Entries were limited and restricted to Advanced drivers who all drove in a safe and courteous manner.  The success of this demonstration PDX may lead to more PDXs held at Daytona in 2016.  CFR has a PDX on the Sebring short course in conjunction with their scheduled races in June and July.  The Labor Day one day PDX will be available only to Advanced and Intermediate classed drivers and will use the 12 Hour Sebring “Long Course”.  CFR believes that PDXs are a strong part of SCCA’s participation growth and is doing all it can to encourage that growth in Florida and SEDiv.

 

 2015 TT TT School PDX    2015 PDX
TGPR – TVR/ALA – Apr 49 6 11 RA – ATL – Mar 21
CMP – CCR – May 28 xx Daytona – CFR – Apr 76
Dragon – CCR – Jun 37 Daytona – CFR – May 32
Charlotte – CCR – Aug ? ? Sebring – CFR – Jun 32
Barber – TVR/ALA – Aug ? Sebring – CFR – Jul ?
Dragon – CCR – Sep ? RA – ATL – Jul ?
TGPR – TVR/ALA – Oct ?  ?  ? Sebring – CFR – Sep ?
Roebling Road 1 – Bucc – Nov ? ? ARRC – ATL – Nov ?
Roebling Road 2 – Bucc – Nov ?

 

Looking forward, we hope to have another robust TT schedule in 2016 with numerous Championship Points and PDX events.  CFR added PDX to race dates at Daytona.  The Committee is working to add additional TT events.

 

 

 

2016 Date Region TT (L3) PDX (L1) 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
Dragon Jun 11-12 CCR X
Sebring Jun 11-12 CFR X
Sebring Jul 16-17 CFR X
Road Atlanta Jul 23-24 ATL X
Daytona Aug 5 CFR X
Charlotte Aug 12 CCR X X
Sebring Sep 3-4 CFR X
Barber Aug 27-28 TVR/ALA X    
Dragon Sep 10-11 CCR X
TGPR Oct 1-2 TVR/ALA X X X
ARRC Nov 6 ATL   X  
Roebling Nov 12-13 or 19-20 BUC X X X

Note: The October TGPR date is dependent on the RunOffs and SIC dates.  Roebling is dependent on Track availability.

 

For 2014, the TTAC moved from Club Racing to Experiential Programs.  TTAC has proposed a reorganization to the Director Experiential Programs.  The current TTAC will become the Divisional Time Trial Committee which will be focused on tactical operations, rules, licenses, etc. which is mostly what they do now.  Added to that will be a small National TT Committee whose focus is on the strategic view of growing the TT program nationally.  The SEDIV TT Committee will not be affected.  SEDIV should see no change to their TT Program.

2015 SCCA SEDIV Championship Series – Get ready to RUMBLE!

               The Southeast Division Time Trial Committee is proud to announce the schedule for the

                                                    2015 SEDIV Time Trial Championship Series!

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Schedule is as follows : 

April 11/12         TGPR – Little Talledega –  Munford Alabama      Time Trial / PDX / TT SchoolSCCA-SEDivMap

May 25              CMP – Carolina Motorsports Park – Kershaw, SC   Time Trial / PDX

June 13-14         Dragon Hillclimb – Robbinsville, NC   Hillclimb

Aug. 29 / 30       Barber  – Birmingham, AL   Time Trial

Sept. 12 / 13       Dragon Hillclimb –  Robbinsville, NC   Hillclimb

Oct. 3 / 4           TGPR – Little Talledega  –  Munford Alabama    Time Trial / PDX 

Nov. 14              Roebling Road – Pooler, GA  Time Trial    * Points each  day

Nov. 15              Roebling Road – Pooler, GA   Time Trial    * Points each  day

 

 

Get your car ready and get these dates on your calendar. We’ll see you at the season kick-off at Little Tally April 11th and 12th!   Please help grow our sport through mentoring and inviting other drivers to join us for these events. Remember the Second Gear Program can be of help in getting new drivers started economically (free loaner gear) and PDXs  are a great starting point for many drivers.   If you need help with licensing, classing or registration, contact  :   Ted Theodore at  editor@thesoutherndriver.com

 

 

 

Time Trial Champions Awards at SEDIV Annual

All SEDIV Time Trial drivers are invited to attend the annual meetings and banquet at St. Simon’s Island Sea Palms Resort on January 30 – February 1, 2015.

This year’s SEDIV Convention will feature individual meetings with the Divisional Administrators, ECR Committee, SARRC Committee, Divisional Solo, Time Trials, Rally Cross, Stewards, Tech, Timing & Scoring, Registration, Flag & Com, Race Control, Newsletters, Web Developers, Membership, and the SCCA National staff.

The center point of this year’s convention will again be the Awards Banquet at which all SEDIV National, SARRC, Solo , Time Trials and Rally Champions will receive their awards plus the SEDIV will honor outstanding members with the Reuter, Fitzgerald, Holland, Webb, Director’s & Bobby Clark Awards. The banquet meal features your choice of either grilled chicken or marinated flank steak. Both will be served with red potatoes, rice, almond green beans, salad & dessert.

We will awards jackets and trophies to our class champions and trophies to our runner-ups as well as Wurzbach award and Shafer awards for events. We hope to see you there! Attached is information sheet and registration form.

INFO          FORM

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM  OUR SEDIV TIME TRIAL COMMITTEE!

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TGPR Time Trial, TT School and PDX – October 11 & 12

Sign up today for the SCCA SEDIV Championship series event October 11 & 12 at Little Talledega Gran Prix Raceway in Munford Alabama !

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REGISTER HERE for PDX. Time Trial School and Time Trial  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway is a 1.41 mile road course located on Alabama State Highway 21, 12 miles south of Oxford, Alabama, and 8 miles north of Talladega, Alabama.  The track has showers, restrooms, compressed air, Electrical hook-ups, and 98 octane unleaded fuel.  Overnight camping is permitted.  Electricity is available through Talladega Grand Prix Raceway for $10 per day per 115v outlet and $15 per day per 30/50 amp outlet.  The track gate will be locked each evening at 10:30 p.m.  There is a payphone at the track (256-362-9985).  The caller should ask to have their party paged.  The track concession stand WILL BE OPEN for breakfast and lunch, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Event Headquarters will be at the Track.

TGPR, 46 Pilgrim Lane, Munford, AL 362684 www.tgprace.com

There are several very nice hotels located 12 miles north of the track, in Oxford, AL.

GCR Classes:   FA, FB, FC, FE, FF, FS, FST, FV, FM, F5, ASR, P1, P2, SRF, LC, STU, STL, GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, AS, EP, FP, HP, T1, T2, T3, T4, ITA, ITB, ITC, ITR, ITS, Spec Miata, SM5, B Spec

Regional/TT Classes: SPECIAL (SP), VO, VC, CF, SPO, SPU, GTA, IT7, IT7R, ITO, SU

SOLO Classes:  SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, FSP

Note:  TT and PDX Groups will be adjusted race day to even out run groups.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, October 10

5:00p – 8:00p        Registration & Tech @ the Paddock Shak

7:00p – 8:00p        PDX & Time Trials Overview in Paddock Shak

10:30p                    Track Gates Closed for the Night

 

SATURDAY, October 11

7:00 am                  Gates Open at Track

7:00 – 10:00           Registration and Tech at Shak

7:00 – 7:15             TT & PDX Instructors Meeting in Shak

7:15 – 7:45             WORKER’S MEETING BEHIND Shak

7:15 – 7:45             DRIVER’S MEETING at Shak

8:00 – 8:30            TT & PDX Student Classroom Session in Paddock Shak

8:00 – 12:00           PDX and Timed TT Runs by Group

TT & PDX Student Classroom Sessions scheduled as needed in Paddock Shak

12:00 – 1:00           Lunch

12:30 – 1:00           TT & PDX Student Classroom Session in Paddock Shak

1:30 – 5:00             PDX and Timed TT Runs by Group

TT & PDX Student Classroom Sessions scheduled as needed in Paddock Shak

5:00 – 5:30            TT & PDX Student Classroom Session in Paddock Shak

5:30                        Social

10:30                      Track Gates Closed for the Night

 

SUNDAY, October 12

7:00 am                  Gates Open at Track

7:00 – 8:30            Registration and Tech

7:30 – 7:45            WORKER”S MEETING BEHIND Shak,

7:30 – 7:45            DRIVER’S MEETING At Shak .

7:45 – 8:15             TT & PDX Student Classroom Session in Paddock Shak

8:00 – 11:00           PDX and Timed TT Runs by Group

TT & PDX Student Classroom Sessions scheduled as needed in Paddock Shak

11:00 – 12:00          Lunch

11:30 – 12:00          TT & PDX Student Classroom session in Shak

12:00 – 4:30           PDX and Timed TT Runs by Group

TT & PDX Student Classroom Sessions scheduled as needed in Paddock Shak

4:30                        TT & PDX Students meet with Chief Instructor in Shak for Final Review

Racing in the SPRING in Alabama! 2014 TGPR Time Trial

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Beautiful weather and a great event conducted by the SCCA Tennessee Valley Region and Alabama Region! Thanks to staff and workers who made the race weekend possible!  We had many new cars out including the Beacham’s Ariel Atom, many students getting their full SCCA Time Trial license through the TGPR School classroom sessions and many guys we haven’t seen in a while ; guys like Ken Owen’s in his yellow TR6 and  Ron Richey in his freshly rebuilt Karmann Ghia.  Also, congrats to our group of PDX drivers and their volunteer instructors… well done.  One of our drivers was visiting from Seattle… we are told Eeshan Kumar  may give up skydiving and move to the Carolinas for a more enjoyable adrenalin rush with SCCA! Johnny Valencia and Scott Sipler drove 4 hours down just to get to run the sessions on Sunday and BOTH said the trip was worth it. 

Great fellowship and racing at track side and dinners in town! We are all looking forward to coming back to TGPR this fall. A few interesting notes from the weekend : 

BSP – Scott Sipler set new track record.  Rod Hardiman also beat old track record and set PB  (PERSONAL BEST)

CSP – Bryon Evans David Carroll and Tim Olsen set PB 

F500 – Steven Bugg set PB

FV – Mark Rothermel set PB and missed track record  by 0.050 

ITA – Richard Pannell set track record 

SRF – Bruce Funderburg set Track Record

SPU – Jack Beachem set Track Record

SU – Leon Drake and SooZee Merrill set PB

 

We also wish Jack Beacham continued success as he campaigns his Ariel Atom at the One Lap of America! We will be pulling for you. The way you drove this weekend, the hardest part about winning One Lap will be the drives from track to track. Go get ’em!

Thanks to all who came, helped, instructed and ran. We look forward to seeing you all at Road Atlanta May 17-18 for the next event in the 2014 SCCA Time Trial Championship Series! 

Times can be found HERE

 

NEW TIME TRIAL RULES for 2014

 2014  PDX / CT Driver Rules        

2014 TT/ HC Driver Rules

2014 Time Trial Organizational Rules

FASTRACK has published the SCCA Board of Directors approved 2014 Time Trial Rules with an immediate effectivity.  Although published on the SCCA website as a 2013 revised edition, they will be good for 2014 as well.

The new 2014 Time Trial Rules were developed by the TTAC under a tasking from the SCCA BOD to not only revise the current PDX rule set but to go well beyond that.  The current set of convoluted rice bowls were to be broken by first determining what was essential for safety and then making the new rules simple, easy to understand, and easy to execute.  That SCCA is in competition with numerous other “for profit” organizations who also run HPDEs is a fact.  The TTAC took the opportunity to retool all of the 2013 TTR be itPDX,CT, TT or HC.  Make it simple, keep it safe, make it fun.  Remove the current Barriers to Entry.

What you will see is a radical shift from what was before.  Previously, DX/CT/TT/HC drivers had to wade thru the individual PDX/CT/TT/HC TTR in order to find what might pertain to them.  But could the driver actually find and understand everything he needed to know?  Our experience was it was difficult at best.  Many perspective and current TT drivers got confused and asked for help.  The TTAC questioned every current TTR statement and/or requirement as to its basis and necessity.  In this critical review, the TTAC found many “requirements” in the TTR that were said to have been required by Insurance or some other SCCA dictum.  When researched and questioned, the TTAC found that most of these “myths” had been handed down for generations in the various SOLO I, TTR, and/or GCR versions but that there was no current basis of fact for the assumption that they were the “gospel”.  TTAC worked with the SCCA insurance people and the Underwriter as well as the BOD to determine the true insurance requirements.

The new TTR consists of two basic groups:  Driver Information (i.e., Driver’s Manuals) and Operational Information.  The Driver’s Manuals are meant to provide what the driver needs to know to prepare themselves and their cars for a TT event.  They are solely focused on achieving that and making it simple for the driver.  The TTAC found that PDX (Level 1) and Club Trials (Level 2) were very similar as were Track Trials (Level 3) and Hill Climbs (Level 4) in what they required of the driver.  Thus there is a combined PDX/CT Driver’s Manual and a combined TT/HC Driver’s Manual.  Drivers do not necessarily need to know nor do they want to how a Time Trials event is organized and run.  The Operational Information is one document that covers all TT Levels and is meant to provide the Region organizers with the information they need to know to run a safe TT event.  Driver requirements are not repeated in the Operational Information since the three TTR documents are meant to be complementary.

In the new rules, leeway is designed in such that Regions can insert specific requirements into their Supps as needed.  Similarly, Regions will have more responsibility for determining what is needed for the safe conduct of their event.  Certainly, safety must be everyone’s main concern but it is recognized that individual Regions across the country may have different perspectives.  For instance, some tracks have unique requirements and these can be reflected in the Supps.  Other than sharing common elements (i.e., point-bys), one set of passing rules can not be applicable to every venue.  Thus, passing rules unique to each venue should be put in the Supps.  There are some requirements that are mandatory (the usual “shall” or “must”).  There is also a lot of guidance (the usual “should” or “may”).  The old standard of “If it is not specifically authorized, you cannot do it” has changed.

We hope that as drivers and Regions read the new TTR they will see that the rules are safe, simple, and easier to understand.  The TTAC expects that most drivers/organizers will embrace them while some may not feel comfortable with the new rules.  Some things may need more explanation or new guidance added.  As usual, we solicit constructive criticism and comment.  Every TTAC Representative is available to answer questions as needed.

 

Craig Farr

SEDIV TTAC Representative

SEDIV TT Committee

farrout@knology.net

 

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