TWO DRAGON HILLCLIMBS – Racing in Robbinsville!

SCCA Central Carolinas Region held two SEDIV Time Trial Series Hillclimbs in Robbinsville, NC  – June 22-23 and August 3-4. Both events were well attended, weather was great and competition was strong! A big thanks to the host region, event staff and great people of Graham County who came out to cheer on our drivers AND help manage the event.

Results for events are as follows :

Chasing the Dragon IV

Chasing the Dragon V

Great video from Bob and Nadine Saville in their 914-6 HUEY!

2013 TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND PDX SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

 

SCCA SOUTHEAST DIVISION PROUDLY PRESENTS YOUR 2013 SCHEDULE FOR TIME TRIALS AND PDX!

 

 

   2013  SEDIV TIME TRIALS SCHEDULE

 

Apr 13-14             Talladega Gran Prix Raceway (PDX/TT)

May 18-19            Road Atlanta (PDX/TT/Rational)

Jun 22-23             Chasing The Dragon Hill Climb

Aug 3-4                Chasing The Dragon Hill Climb

Aug 31- Sep1        Barber (PDX/TT/SARRC)

Sept 28-29            Talladega Gran Prix Raceway (PDX/TT) DOUBLE

 

NOTE :  TGPR in Oct will be a TT Championship Challenge.  Double event and double points.

Other points events are being considered and may be added to our schedule.

There are currently 7 Championship Points Events in 2013.  Drivers must score points in 4 events to qualify for the 2013 TT Championships.

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                                              2013  PDX SCHEDULE

 

March 17         Road Atlanta (PDX / SARRC)

April 13-14       Talledega Grand Prix Raceway (PDX  /TT)

April 13-14       Daytona   (PDX / RR School)

May 18-19         Road Atlanta (PDX / Rational)

June 1-2            Sebring  (PDX / RegionalRR)

July 13-14          Road Atlanta  (PDX/TT/Rational)

July 20-21          Sebring  (PDX / RR School)

Aug 31- Sep1        Barber (PDX/TT/SARRC)

Sept 28-29           Talledega Gran Prix Raceway (PDX / TT)

Nov. 3                 Road Atlanta (ARRC / PDX)

 

TGPR Time Trial – No Frills but Plent of Seat Time!

TENNESSEE VALLEY/ALABAMA REGIONS

“NO FRILLS TT”

SEDIV TIME TRIALS 

CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT & PDX

October 27-28, 2012

TALLADEGA GRAN PRIX RACEWAY

Sanction # 12-TT-2207-S, 12-PDX-2206-S

 

Chief Steward          George Bugg                                       Registrar                Eden Powell  

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.    The track concession stand WILL BE OPEN for breakfast and lunch, Saturday and Sunday from 0730-1400.

 

Event Headquarters will be at the Track.

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

 

Registration is open at www.motorsportsreg.com

 

For more information:  Email Craig Farr    farrout@knology.net

 

Wow – TGPR is going to be one of the tracks for the 2013 One Lap of America.  Pretty cool.  But you can race there first.  Establish your best time and then see if the One :Lappers can beat it!

Registration is open at http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/C0DC9277-DF8E-3149-71CABAFCCC791307 

The “No Frills” TT/PDX at TGPR is back for its second year.  Will the Runoff Roulette be back as well?  Come and see!

Now that you have survived or missed Chasing the Dragon, you have another opportunity to whet your passion for driving fast in a safe environment.

We are still looking for workers and drivers.

TGPR is located off of Route 20 in Eastern Alabama.  Very convenient to get to and close to Atlanta and points east.  www.tgprace.com

See you there


Craig Farr

Fall Dragon Hillclimb – A bit of Rain and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!

A great field of drivers attacked the Chasing the Dragon IV Hillclimb September 29 & 30 in Robbinsville, NC for a most memorable event! In spite of rain and some timing issues,  the drivers, workers and spectators had a great time.

For three days in advance, workers and drivers prepared the hill, trimming grass, weed eating and marking all spectator and worker stations. Chad Summey, one of our event staff, made laser etched tags to rivet to the guard rails. We now have clear markings for start, finish and every worker station! Chad was inducted into the Order of the Maroon Dragon for his service and effort. Jersey Barriers were brought in for maximum protection for spectator #2 compliments of a local construction firm, Phillips & Jordan.  Grandstands were brought in by the city and Jersey Barriers were filled by local Fire Department. Friday morning, drivers began filling up main street to be registered and tech’ed so they could find their paddock space on the hill.  Friday night, over 16 drivers attended the CCR Hillclimb Novice Classes at the Conference Room at the host hotel – Microtel of Robbinsville. Ted Theodore explained many unique challenges of the sport, things to watch out for in general and in specific on the Maple Springs Road 2.4 mile course. Drivers dined at many different restaurants in town and were treated most hospitably by the nice people of Robbinsville!

Saturday started out foggy and drivers had limited visibility of ten to fifteen feet in some areas. By 10:00 AM, the fog had blown off and  … our old friend, the rain began to fall. We had seen this before but it was at the end of our first Dragon Hillclimb in 2011.  As there was no thunder, stewards continued to cycle drivers through the course. After lunch and a bit of sun, the REAL rain began… and it poured. Moisture contributed to timing issues . Drivers continued to run but a wet course with no times kept many from doing anything more than recon runs to prepare for Sunday. Novices drove intelligently and focused on learning the mountain. Spectators enjoyed the antics of the Dragon Mascot (Amy and Victoria) and great food provided by Sean and Matt, the owners of Huddle House. It was great to see so many new cars and drivers : Jarrod Smith’s IROC Camaro, Tony Machi’s Honda, Michael Tablas in his freshly built Miata, Eric Cline in his Honda Civic, Byran Toth and Roger Carter in their 2 month build RX7s, Shane Findlan back again BUT in his own Corvette he built up just to be at the Dragon,  Chad Matthews in his Mini. Lots of new drivers and they all drove intelligently and safely! Many unique cars were on hand like the white racing Karmann Ghia of Ron Richey, Ken Owen’s gorgeous TR6, Tony Wentworth’s Yellow Fiat 124 Spider, the Coffey’s beautiful blue 240Z, Dan Chesanow’s Venus Formula Vee, Byron Webb’s BMW E21 320 and Harold Seagle’s lovely Porsche 911 SC. We had FOUR  lady drivers in the field all running in the same class as the men. From early reports, we will have many more in the spring of 2013!

A local Highway Patrolman came to take an exhibition run in TJ Theodore’s CSP Miata. TJ suited up Thatch and sent him on his first run up the mountain in a sports car. The time he ran was only 2 seconds off  TJ’s time at that point. It’s obvious that Thatch is well versed in high performance driving and we look forward to having him join us at future events.

Saturday night, our workers were treated to a great steak dinner at Huddle House in Robbinsville. Many of the drivers joined the workers there and libations of a less dry form were available as a private party event.

Sunday turned out to be beautiful and timing issues caused by moisture were  repaired Saturday night. Drivers were ready to attack the mountain! Dustin Webb and James Farris did a great job announcing and playing music for us. Dustin is fast becoming an avid talented hillclimber and he learned an important lesson… he loaned his 240SX to Robert McManus for one run and Robert ended up taking the class bumping Dustin to 2nd! I am glad to report they are still good friends! First run of the day Sunday, Robert Martai and Marcel Ceaskay had a bracket break on the diff on their beautiful Rally Evo. The day was done but their times from Saturday in the rain were good enough for Rally Class win, Class Record and 4th place overall! THAT is an amazing run. We’ll find out what they can do in the dry hopefully next Spring! Scott Sipler went from 2nd to 1st in SU Street Unlimited Class on his lst run of the day on BORROWED Slicks! Lots of great class competition and helping each other win… a trade mark of the Time Trial drivers in SEDIV! George Bowland and Blair Underwood only made a few runs but they made them count. They took 1st and 2nd overall against some strong pressure from Heikki Rinta-Koski and Robert Martai. Chad Matthews and Jarrod Smith turned in outstanding performances with 6th and 7th place finishes in their FIRST Hillclimb! TJ Theodore finished 8th overall in his CSP Miata on his 3rd run at the Dragon.

Under a beautiful blue sky and sunny sky, spectators, drivers and event staff met by the landmark giant tire to see Robbinsville High School’s own Miss Black Knight (McCall Anderson) and our Dragon hand out trophies. Tony Machi came all the way from Wisconsin to run his first hillclimb and managed a 1st Place finish in FP in his Honda CRX. Nate Wimbrow took first Spec Miata in his first try at the hill. There were many success stories but none like that of Bryan Toth who took his V8 powered Mazda Rx7 from street car to Time Trial car in 2 months for this event. After a few runs Saturday, he had troubles with his alternator and Farron Orr of Carquest in Robbinsville opened up to let him buy one after hours. Repairs made, he was ready for Sunday but battled battery problems from the alternator. Another competitor Lars Lattstrom loaned Bryan a battery so he could run. Then after blowing a tire, it looked like Bryan was done for the weekend. Not SO! Larry Eller of Eller’s Wrecker Service drove Bryan to his shop in town and changed both tires so he could mount them up and finish running the event. Bryan gets our “DIE HARD” Award for refusing to quit! Nice Job Bryan!

At our trophy presentation, Vicki Lanning won her FIRST Queen of the Hill Dragonslayer sword. The first two Dragon Hillclimbs, Vicki missed by small margins due to last run victories by Chris Moore. George Bowland stood for his pictures with Miss Black Knight and the Dragon, pulled his sword from the stone and promptly speared one of our inflatable dragons! He then casually hoisted the sword  up on his shoulder with the airless lifeless body of the dragon swaying side to side and strutted off through a crowd of cheers and applause. George’s victory was sweet as it is his first run at this hill… but there is still time to be found. Cory Friedman’s record run from Dragon I last year STILL remains the fastest run in the history of the event. George will be back in 2013… and Cory may be back as well! Don’t count out Heikki, Robert or Blair. The record we thought would not be broken is now  in the reach of several of our best hillclimbers.

A GREAT thanks to SCCA Central Carolinas Region for hosting a great event, to the Event Staff who worked corners in rain, to our sponsors – HANS (Jay Braxton & Trish England), Grassroots Motorsports, Appalachian Tire, The Southern Driver and many local businesses in Robbinsville and Graham County. Also thanks to : Ditmore Family of Microtel, Chamber of Commerce (John and Valerie Feil and the great members who helped in so many areas) , Connie Orr and Billy Ditmore and the Graham County Travel and Tourism Board, Sherriff”s Department, Larry Hembree and the Graham County EMS/Rescue Squad, Thatch and the NC Highway Patrol, NC Department of Transportation, Juanita Colvert and the staff of Graham County Transit, Lori and Darryl Cannon of www.killboy.com, Sean and Matt of Huddle House, and Terinda and Lauren of the US Forest Services and their LEOS. And as always, a big thank you from our drivers and staff to the citizens of Graham County for their hospitality and friendship. We LOVE the chance to be with you and look forward to it next year June 15-16 and August 3-4 in 2013!

 

 

Pictures compliments of www.killboy.com, The Southern Driver, Rodney Maxwell, TJ Theodore and Steve Williams

More beautiful pics available at www.killboy.com

Results Here :
Class results: http://ccrscca.com/results/ctd3_fin.htm
Overall times: http://ccrscca.com/results/ctd3_raw.htm

Photos by Ted Theodore, TJ Theodore, Steve Williams

2012 SEDIV Time Trial Championship Points Update

Craig Farr has submitted points update through the Dragon Hillclimb.

We have some interesting class battle shaping up!

CF – Paul Crouch and Barry Durham are within 3 points in Continental Fords

CSP – Wally Lacey and Eric Trigg are separated by 1 point.

ESP – Robert McManus has a healthy lead!

F600 – George Bugg leading his son Steven by 4 points.

FV – 8 points separate 1t through 5th – Mike Chandler, Mark Rothermel, Andrew Pinkerton, Lynn Sweatte, Jim Bowers

ITA – a THREE way tie for first in ITA between  Daniel Toth, Willie Phee and Mark Seiler

SPO – Heikki Rinta-Koski leading Scott Williams

SPU – Mike Breakey and Ron Richey in a tie for FIRST!

SRF – Bruce Funderburk with a slight lead over Trey Ayers.

SU – Leon Drake and Mark Kilgore battling it out  in SU… this new class is going to be a good one to watch!

CONGRATS TO ALL PARTICPANTS! We look forward to seeing the last half of 2012 take shape!

Click here to see points spreadsheet!     July 2012 Time Trial Points Update

 

New SEDIV Time Trial Novice Hillclimb Program

The Southeast Division Time Trial Committee has been working on a new program which will allow holders of Novice licenses to run hillclimbs while receiving instruction and mentoring. The basis for this decision was founded on data from SEDIV Hillclimbs as well as Pennsylvania Hillclimb Series which have both proven, incidents that have occurred in the past were with experienced hillclimbers pushing hard to win their class or set a record. The Novice drivers tend to be more cautious. PHA has done a fine job of educating novice drivers and has experienced good results from that effort.

 

The SEDIV Time Trial Committee voted to approve this new program last month for use at select hillclimbs. We will consider a Novice driver to be someone who has not run that hillclimb site before. If you are an experienced hillclimber but have never run that site, we will ask you to attend a class covering the mountain, taking a drive up the mountain with other students and an instructor and be mentored by a past hillclimber for the weekend.

The following document has been prepared to outline this program. If a driver runs a hillclimb on a TT Novice License, after the event, he or she will still hold a Novice TT License. This program is not designed to take the place of 3 flat track Time Trials requirements or a Time Trial School to obtain a Full Time Trial License. We look forward to bringing new drivers in to the sport of hillclimbing and growing relationships in our Division through sharing experiences and mentoring. We plan to pioneer this program at the Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb in Robbinsville, NC on June 23-24. More details will be given in the Supplemental Regulations for that specific event.

SEDIV NOVICE HILL CLIMB PROGRAM

PURPOSE

To provide a safe and effective program for novices in the Southeast Division (SEDiv) Time Trials Hill Climbs.

DEFINITIONS

HILL CLIMB NOVICE: 

  1. A driver who holds a Time Trials or Road Race Novice permit.
  2. A licensed (TT, Competition, FIA, other licenses recognized by SCCA) driver who has not competed on the particular Hill before.

PROCEDURES

  1. TT novices are required to obtain a SCCA TT novice permit in advance of the event.
  2. A Novice Meeting will be held before the General Driver’s meeting on Saturday morning.  (see text below)
  3. Novices will be taken up the hill and shown the lines thru the turns, any particular tricky areas, any hazards, and given the chance to ask questions.  It might be best to hold this Hill Walk on Friday evening.
  4. First run up the Hill is a brisk touring run with drivers following a pace car.  This may be two groups depending on the number of Novices and the number of 2-driver cars.
  5. Stewards and Corner Workers will be giving the Novices a short leash as they observe their performance on the hill.  Put a large “X” on their cars to aid in recognition.
  6. Assign a veteran mentor to each Novice to assist them with the learning curve.

Novice Meeting:

  • Introduce Chief Steward and Safety Stewards
  • Discuss Flags and Procedures.  Did anyone actually read the Supps?
  • Chalk Talk using a diagram of the hill.  Make them aware that there is absolutely no margin for error.  Spin, late brake, or go off and you are more than likely to experience a tree, ditch, or rock up close and personal.  It takes the best drivers 2-3 years to really learn a hill.
  • Being ready when you come to the line (check belts, check tire pressures, torque wheel nuts, arm restraints, helmet fastened, etc.)
  • Starting procedures – This is a rolling start not a drag race start.  Start quick but under control.
  • Explain the finish procedures.  Slow down to a safe speed then to walking speed.  There are other cars queued up along the road side waiting to travel back down the hill.
  • First Run – Tires, pavement, and driver are cold, so make it a familiarization run at 70%.  Just find your way to the top.  Learn the course, learn the braking points, learn the drive lines.  Don’t cheat in on the apexes.  Stay on the road surface.
  • Second Run – Practice what you learned in the first run but at 80%. 
  • Third and beyond Runs – Remember that you are racing against yourself.  Improve your own times over the weekend.  Don’t worry about Class results.  Remember that a simple mistake can cost you car damage and your weekend.  The best racers may only be at 90% on a difficult hill.
  • At the top of the hill, talk to other drivers and learn what they know.  In the paddock, talk to the many veterans/mentors who are always willing to help you.

NOVICE INCIDENTS:

  • Two or more wheels off course

Result:  Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor. SAT rating possible. Corner worker reports could adversely affect this rating.

  • Spin without contact

Result:  Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor. A SAT rating with cautionary notation in the TT Novice Permit.  Corner worker feedback may result in an UNSAT rating

  • Off course crash as a novice

Result:  Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor AND Chief Steward about cause and effect. For example; Overdriving, wrong line, too fast for skill level, car failure, etc.  The driver can offer mitigating circumstances, but generally, crashing as a novice is frowned upon. UNSAT entry in the Novice Permit,

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct.  (Uncontrolled temper, disrespect towards drivers, workers and/or officials, conduct deemed inappropriate by the Stewards/Instructors)

Result:  UNSAT entry in the Novice Permit with appropriate notation of the issue and possible disqualification for the weekend.  Final decision is with the Chief Steward.

SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS TOPICS (may be modified to suit the event)

NOVICE REGULATIONS: A novice is defined as any driver currently competing under a TT Novice Permit or SCCA Novice Competition License OR any driver that has not competed at that site.  ALL novices are required to meet the following expectations in order to obtain a SATisfactory rating:

  1. Novices must present themselves and their car at registration on Friday evening.
  2. Novices must attend the Novice Driver’s Meeting and Sunday Driver’s Meeting.
  3. All novice cars MUST display an X on both sides of the vehicle adjacent to the numbers.  The color of the stripes must be of a contrasting color from the body paint.
  4. Complete the weekend without “Incidents” as defined below.

Failure to meet these expectations may result in an UNSATisfactory rating or disqualification from the event.

 

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