LONG POND, Pa. — Andy Ourant ended a dream season in the Bertil Roos Race Series by clinching his first series championship over the weekend at Pocono Raceway.
Ourant, who won a series-high seven races, wrapped the championship up with a second-place finish in the first Group 1 race. Even though he didn’t finish the season race, Ourant ended winning the championship by nine points (275-266) over Rookie of the Year Seth Foley.
Three-time series champion Tim Nichols finished third in the points after a big weekend at Pocono where he won the first Group 1 race. Nichols set fast time in qualifying with a lap at 1:16.24 and he made the most of starting up front. Ourant had a title-clinching effort with a runner-up finish and Jason Auwarter came home third.
Ira Nesbitt, who qualified second in the first Group 1 race only to finish 10th, stormed back to win the second Group 1 race. Nichols continued his strong weekend by finishing second. Kirk Weatherman rounded out the podium with his third-place run.
Foley dominated the Group 2 action. He had the fast time of the day in qualifying 1:13.34 before going on to sweep both Group 2 races. Rich White gave chase to Foley, finishing in the runner-up spot and Kevin Anderson earned his way on the podium by finishing third.
There was plenty of action behind Foley in the second Group 2 race. Gabe Jasper posted a strong second-place run, while White raced to the other podium finish.
Other awards were handed out at the season-ending banquet with Reiner Oberst earning the Hard Charger Award by gaining the most number of positions throughout the season. Positions lost also count in the final tally.
Foley won the Rookie of the Year battle (266-226) over Robert Pielsticker with another rookie driver, Chris Sanford with 225 points. Gabe Jasper received the Cone Killer Award, a fun award given to the driver who knocks over the most cones during qualifying and race sessions throughout the season.
Vinnie Virga won the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award. It is awarded to the driver who best embodies the spirit of the series through comradery, mentoring new drivers to the series and for clean racing habits.
The Bertil Roos Winter Series is currently underway with the next races scheduled for December 3-4 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW for available spots.