Cornell Sweep Leads to Winter Series Title

KERSHAW, S.C. — Adam Cornell swept Group 1 races at the Bertil Roos Racing School Winter Series to capture the overall series title last weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park.

Cornell captured the $10,000 top prize as champion of the eight-race series. Gabe Jasper also scored a weekend sweep in Group 2 and finished runner-up in the overall standings by a 147-142 margin. Jasper ended with a $5,000 second-place prize.

In the Group 1 competition, Cornell navigated the South Carolina road course in 2:03.85 to capture the pole for the first race. He lost the lead at the start to Phillip Jasper, who had earned his own sweep the previous Winter Series event at Palm Beach International Raceway.

The two swapped the lead multiple times over the next few laps before Cornell used a crossover move for the winning pass. Kirk Weatherman got past Phillip Jasper for the runner-up spot. Joe Lattanzi and Craig Curran rounded out the top five.

The top three remained the same for race No. 2 with Cornell, Weatherman and Jasper taking the podium finishes. Gordon Dinger raced his way up to fourth with Lattanzi crossing the finish line in fifth-place.

Gabe Jasper vaulted past his son, Phillip, with his win in the first Group 2 race. Starting from the pole position, he pulled away from second-place Jimmy Dai. Vinnie Virga raced to the runner-up spot ahead of Raja Malek in third-place. Reiner Oberst captured fourth and Dai rounded up the top five.

Jasper and Virga continued to pace the field in the second Group 2 race, while Oberst took the third podium spot. Dai rallied to take fourth and Charles Shiner was fifth.

Other top finishers in the overall standings were Gabe Jasper in third-place with 133 points, Virga fourth at 129 and Weatherman fifth at 119 points.

There are still spots available for the 16-race Bertil Roos Race Series which runs from March to October. For more information please click here or call 1-800-RACE-NOW.

Bertil Roos Graduates Das, Gore Finish Strong in Euroformula Open

Bertil Roos Racing School graduate Cameron Das continued his progression through the racing ranks over the weekend by wrapping up a strong season in the Euroformula Open Championship at Barcelona, Spain.

Fellow Bertil Roos graduate Dev Gore also showed promise in the series, earning a top-10 finish in the year’s final race.

Das, an 18-year-old graduate from Baltimore, qualified fifth in the first of two weekend races and battled in the top five throughout the race before ending with a sixth-place run. He followed it up by qualifying seventh and finishing fifth in the second race. Das put up a hard charge to battle David Schumacher for fourth in the closing laps.

Driving the No 28 Dallara for the British-based Carlin team, Das was the highest ranking American in the series. He posted four podium finishes and finished the year with seven top-five finishes over 16 races to place fifth in the final point standings.

Brazilian driver Felipe Drugovich dominated the series in winning the championship, while Das was a steady performer throughout the year with only two finishes outside the points.

It was a natural progression for Das, who won nine of 15 races to capture the 2016 U.S. Formula 4 Championship. He moved to the BRDC British Formula 3 in 2017 with the Carlin team which counts four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power among its alumni.

Gore, a 21-year-old Atlanta resident, made his debut with the Carlin team earlier this season at Silverstone, and he ran the second half of the Euroformula Open schedule. Despite playing catch-up to the field, he scored points in four events and posted top-10 finishes in the final two events at the Spanish tracks of Jerez and Barcelona.

Both drivers count their Bertil Roos experience as a major factor in racing in the prestigious European series, and driving for the Carlin team.

Gore worked his way up through the different levels of karting before attending Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for instruction in the highly intricate and technical form of European-style road racing.

After graduation, Gore competed in the Bertil Roos Racing Series where he won two races. He also has competed in the Formula 1600 Super Series, the Toyota Tires F1600 Championship and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

For everyone from the hobbyist to those who have aspirations to be like Das and Gore competing in the highest levels of motorsports, call 1-800-RACE-NOW to reserve a spot at Bertil Roos Racing School.

Ourant Wraps Up Bertil Roos Race Series Title at Pocono

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.

Cornell Earns Sweep to Open Bertil Roos Winter Series

JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Cornell put on a dominating performance in the first couple of rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Race Series at Palm Beach International Raceway.

He navigated the challenging 2.2-mile PBIR road course in 1:33.26 to earn the pole for the first Group 2 race. In the lead, he stayed out front for the win. He followed it up with another win in the second race.

Jeff Relic and Alex Benavtis each won races for the Group 1 drivers.

Phillip Jasper ran runner-up to Cornell in both Group 2 races. Jimmy Dai posted a pair of third-place runs to fill out the podium in both races.

Relic started from the pole position and parlayed it into a victory in the first Group 1 race. Benavtis got around Gabe Jasper for the runner-up spot. Jasper held on for a third-place finish.

Benavits assumed command of the second Group 2 race and earned the victory. Gabe Jasper came back strong with a second-place finish and Vinnie Virga rounded out the podium in third.

After the first two rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Series, Cornell holds a 49-46 lead over Benavtis in the point standings. Phillip Jasper is third with 44 points, followed by Gabe Jasper with 41 points and Relic and Dai tied for fifth with 40 points each.

Spots remain available for Rounds 3-4 of the series on December 3, 2018, and Rounds 5-6 on January 18-19, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW to enter.

Ourant Sweeps Pocono Races to Increase Championship Lead

LONG POND, Pa. — Andy Ourant’s dream season in the Bertil Roos Race Series races continued at Pocono Raceway the last weekend in August.

 

Racing on the famed track’s North course, Ourant swept the weekend’s Group 1 races. He has won five of the last six races and seven of the last 10 races he has entered. The weekend’s Group 2 races were split between Glenn Brooks and Kevin Anderson.

 

No one in the Group 1 had anything for Ourant, the Pennsylvania driver who started on the pole and led flag-to-flag in both races. With his dominant performances, Ourant stretched his lead in the point standings to 253-200 over Gabe Jasper with four races remaining on the schedule.

 

The racing behind Ourant was intense with Jasper passing defending series champion Tim Nichols for second place. In the first race, Nichols overcame an unscheduled pit stop which dropped him to fifth to work his way back to third.

 

Justin Fierro finished fourth, while Vinnie Virga made a pass of Kirk Weatherman with one lap to go to take fifth.

 

The second race featured some of the same with Ourant out front and Jasper getting around Nichols in the race for the runner-up spot. Those three filled the podium again, while Adam Colombo finished fourth.

 

Weatherman and Virga made contact racing for fifth. Weatherman ended with the spot, while Virga retired with mechanical issues.

 

Group 2

Anderson made his presence known early in Group 2, passing Geoff Valentino for the lead on lap 2 of the first race.

 

He continued to show a fast pace out front, while Brooks got around Valentino for second. They continued to ride that way until the frantic final lap. Anderson spun, handing the lead and race win to Brooks.

 

Jason Auwarter passed Seth Foley for second as both got by Anderson. Valentino, who had to serve a penalty earlier in the race, charged back to a fifth-place finish.

 

Anderson wasn’t about to make the same mistake in the second race and bolted to the lead on the opening lap.

 

Auwarter ran a steady pace behind him, while Brooks and Valentino had a classic battle for third. Brooks passed Valentino on lap 2, and they exchanged the third position for four more times before the race ended.

 

Brooks finished third, followed by Valentino in fourth. Foley posted a fifth-place finish and pulled into a tie for third with Chris Sanford and Nichols in the championship standings.

 

Races No. 13 and 14 in the Bertil Roos Race Series are scheduled for Sept. 28-29 on Pocono Raceway’s South course.

 

For more information about the Bertil Roos Race Series and Bertil Roos Racing School, visit racenow.com or call 1-800-722-3669.

Race Recap: Ourant Continues Torrid Pace at New Jersey

MILLVILLE, N.J. — Andy Ourant stretched his lead in the Bertil Roos Race Series point standings with a pair of strong performances in races No. 9 and No. 10 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course.

 

Ourant qualified for the Group 2 pole and led flag-to-flag in the first race of the weekend. He followed it up with a runner-up finish to Chris Sanford in race No. 2.

 

Other weekend winners were Rich White in the first race for Group 1 and Tim Nichols in the second Group 1 race.

 

Ourant let it be known he meant business during Group 2 qualifying with his lap of 1:19.72 nearly a second faster than the time posted by next quickest Jason Auwarter. Ourant pulled ahead on the first lap and never looked back for his series-best fifth win of the season.

 

The race behind him was fast and furious, highlighted by the hard charge by Sanford from a seventh-place starting spot. By lap 3, Sanford had moved up to the fourth spot and he passed Gabe Jasper for third place on lap 4. Just two laps later, Sanford moved into the runner-up spot over Auwarter. Sanford kept pressing the issue before retiring on lap 14 with a full-course yellow to remove the car.

 

Jasper finished second, followed by Ira Nesbitt, Auwarter and Geoff Valentino.

 

Race No. 2 had the similar markings with Ourant again jumping out to the early lead. Sanford again made a hard charge, up to fifth on the second lap.

 

Sanford passed Jasper for fourth on lap 4, and then picked up two positions to move into the runner-up spot on lap 5. Only this time, he was able to run down Ourant and make a winning pass on lap 12.

 

They would finish that way with Sanford first, followed by Ourant. Nesbitt was credited with another third-place run, while Earl Ihrie and Jasper rounded out the top five.

 

GROUP 1

In Group 1, Nichols paced qualifying and he pulled out to an early lead over Adam Colombo in Race No. 1. But, the veteran driver went off course on lap 5, falling all the way back to eighth as Colombo grabbed the lead.

 

White was patiently waiting for his time to strike, which he did by grabbing the lead on lap 8.

 

Colombo held on to second place, while Seth Foley improved two positions from his qualifying spot to finish third. Carlos Foxworthy and Vinnie Virga rounded out the top-five, while Nichols ended up sixth.

 

Nichols grabbed the lead on the opening lap again in Race No. 2 and this time, the winningest driver in series history, stayed on course for his 53rd career win. It gave Nichols wins in races on both NJMP’s Thunderbolt and Lightning courses this season.

 

Colombo ran second most of the way before a late spin pushed him back to fifth. White made the move to the runner-up spot, while Foxworthy emerged third after a spirited battle with Foley, which saw the two drivers exchange the position three times.

 

With his five wins this season, Ourant has opened up a 204-164 lead over Sanford in the championship standings. Colombo is third, two points behind Sanford.

 

The Bertil Roos Race Series takes a brief hiatus before a return to action on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Pocono Raceway’s North Track.

 

Photos: Mike Woeller of WindShadow Studios

Race Recap: Foley, Ourant Sweep Dominion Races

THORNBURG, Va. — Seth Foley and Andy Ourant swept Group 1 and 2 races in the Bertil Roos Race Series last weekend at Dominion Raceway.

 

Foley qualified third in the opening Group 1 race, but made a quick move to the front at the start. Well behind him, Bill Trexler slammed the wall on the second lap to bring out a full-course caution.

 

Once back under green, Foley fended off a challenge from pole winner Gabe Jasper and Robert Pielsticker for the top spot.

 

Jasper and Pielsticker finished second and third, respectively, while Geoff Valentino was fourth. Vincent Caintic made a late pass of Ronnie Price to round out the top five.

 

Pielsticker grabbed the lead from Jasper at the start of the second race, but it quickly turned into a three-way fight for the top spot. Foley moved to the lead on lap 4 with Jasper then second and Pielsticker in third.

 

They weren’t done as Pielsticker regained the runner-up spot, leaving Jasper to battle Valentino for third. Valentino emerged with the third position, while Jasper dropped to fifth after a penalty on lap 10.

 

Not finished, Jasper battled back and passed Price for fourth. Jasper paced the field earlier in the day with a 1:37.86 qualifying lap around the 2-mile road course.

 

With his sweep, Foley won for the fourth time in five races this season.

 

Ourant also scored his third and fourth wins of the season with his pair of Group 2 victories.

 

His win in the opener seemed unlikely at best. He qualified sixth and was got caught up in a lap 5 incident with Adam Colombo.

 

But, it was eventful all through the field, allowing Ourant to work his way back up front.

 

Pole sitter Chris Sanford dropped all the way to seventh on the first lap and then leader Tim Nichols retired from the race on the second lap with a mechanical failure.

 

Phillip Jasper assumed the lead at that point, but suffered his own mechanical problems on lap 9, handing the lead to Ourant. It continued to be a tough race for the leaders with a failing fuel pump ending the race for second-place Glenn Brooks on lap 11.

 

Ourant powered on to victory as Colombo, Frank Tiano, Reiner Oberst and Vinnie Virga accounted for the rest of the top five.

 

Phillip Jasper jumped out to the lead in the second race, but his day soured when he went off course on the third lap and fell back to 10th. Ourant then grabbed the top spot from Sanford and didn’t look back.

 

Behind him, Colombo and Sanford engaged in a spirited battle for second, swapping the position three times before Colombo made a final pass for the runner-up spot with a lap to go.

 

Sanford finished third, ahead of defending series champion Nichols and Jason Auwarter.

 

Midway through this year’s championship battle, Pielsticker holds just a one-point lead (158-157) over Ourant. Sanford is third, 22 points behind the leader with Colombo fourth and Virga and Gabe Jasper tied for fifth.

 

The Bertil Roos Race Series is scheduled to return to action June 29-30 at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course.

Bertil Roos Winter Race Series is Announced

The Bertil Roos Winter Race Series has been announced with an eight-race schedule over four doubleheader weekends from October 2018 through February 2019.

 

It features the same race format of the Bertil Roos Summer Series, and with a special offer, you can sign up by August 1 and save on season pricing. Call (800) 722-3669 and race the whole season for $10,000 with one and done pricing and limited crash damage liability. Other pricing options include $10,600 for the season before Sept. 1 or a cost of $3,100 per race weekend.

 

The series champion wins $10,000 in BRRS Credits. Second place is awarded $5,000 in BRRS Credits and the third-place driver receives $2,500 in BRRS Credits. A driver must be a graduate of Bertil Roos Racing School’s 5-day, road-racing school or have similar experience to race. Spots are limited.

 

The new series will feature the newly re-engineered R/T 2000 Formula car, which features a five-speed sequential gearbox and a 135-horsepower, fuel-injected, 4-cylinder engine. The R/T 2000 combines modern performance with the same great drivability that has made Bertil Roos Racing School a staple in the U.S. for over four decades.

 

The season kicks off October 6 and 7 with races No. 1 and No. 2 at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Fla.

 

Palm Beach International Raceway, which features a state-of-the-art 2.2-mile road course, will host the next four rounds of the series with races on December 3-4, 2018, and January 18-19, 2019. The series then shifts to the challenging Carolina Motorsports Park for the final two rounds on February 23-24, 2019.

 

Carolina Motorsports Park has a 2.27-mile road course with the perfect combination of corners and straights to bring out your inner speed demon and challenge your skills simultaneously.

 

To sign up for the series, click here or call 1-800-722-3669.

 

 

 

 

Race Recap: Nichols leads list of Bertil Roos winners at New Jersey

Tim Nichols, the all-time winningest driver in the history of the Bertil Roos Race Series, led the group of winners at the most recent event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

 

Nichols, a three-time and defending series champion, scored his 52nd career victory on the Millville, N.J., facility’s Thunderbolt course. Nichols started second moved to the front, and captured the win by holding off Andy Ourant, who swept Group 1 races at the series’ last event in Pocono Raceway. Chris Sanford worked his way up from a sixth-place start to secure a third-place podium finish.

 

Saif Burkhari, who set fast time of 1:39.86 around the winding course, recovered from an eight-place run in the opening race to win the second race. Glenn Brooks finished second with Seth Foley rounding out the podium. Nichols finished ninth in race No. 2.

 

Among the Group 2 drivers, Gabe Jasper qualified third, but powered to the front to win the first of two races. Ira Nesbitt both qualified and finished second, while Geoff Valentino, who laid down the best qualifying lap at 1:40.02, ended up third.

 

Vincent Caintic, who finished right off the podium in the opening race, captured the second race. Valentino parlayed his fast ride into a runner-up finish and Jason Auwarter came home third.

 

After six races, Robert Pielsticker holds a seven-point lead (116-109) over Ourant in the point standings. Chris Sanford is third with 103 points.

 

The Bertil Roos Race Series returns to action June 8-9 with races No. 7 and 8 at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia. For more information about the Bertil Roos Race Series and the Bertil Roos Racing School’s different programs, visit racenow.com.

 

Photos: Mike Woeller of WindShadow Studios

Race Recap: Ourant, Sanford Sweep Bertil Roos Races at Pocono

Andy Ourant took advantage of his opponents’ misfortunes to win the first of two Bertil Roos Racing Series races at Pocono Raceway last weekend. He simply powered ahead to win the second race for the Group 1 drivers.

 

Those were his 11th and 12th career wins in the Bertil Roos Racing Series.

 

Chris Sanford used the same outside move twice to sweep Group 2 races.

 

Ourant, a Pennsylvania driver who is a nationally known toys and games appraiser, started third in the first race. He moved to the runner-up spot on lap 3 of the 15-lap race around Pocono’s South and East road courses when Seth Foley went off course and had to come to the pits.

 

Three laps later, the car of defending series champion Tim Nichols starts developing motor issues, allowing Ourant to close the gap. Ourant catches and passes Nichols for the lead on lap 9 and races on to the win.

 

Adam Colombo, who started ninth, passed three cars on the opening lap and charged all the way to second. Robert Pielsticker, who fell all the way back to 10th after a spin on the opening lap, came back to finish third.

 

Gabe Jasper, who won the season-opening race at Palm Beach, finished fourth and Rich White rounded out the top five. Nichols, who set the fast lap in qualifying at 1:12.39, finished eight.

 

Ourant wasted no time in the second race, bolting from a second starting spot to the lead at the start of the race.

 

Pielsticker passed Geoff Valentino for second on lap 9 and the top two remained that way the rest of the race.

 

Rich White finished third and Valentino recovered from a lap 10 spin to finished fourth. Colombo ended a solid day with a fifth-place run.

 

Group 2

Sanford, a talented teenager from Connecticut, has already parlayed his Bertil Roos Racing School experience into becoming a top stock car racer at Stafford Speedway. Back behind the wheel of a Formula car, he made a move to the outside of polesitter Ira Nesbitt to take a lead that he would never relinquish.

 

Nesbitt, who set the fast time in qualifying at 1:13.19, finished second ahead of Vinnie Virga, who moved to third on lap 7 when he passed Connor Kennard and Vincent Caintic spun off course on the same lap.

 

Kennard came across in fourth with Jason Auwarter fifth.

 

Sanford pulled off the same move on Nesbitt to take the lead in race No. 2. Once out front, he led the rest of the race.

 

Nesbitt again raced to a runner-up finish and Kennard wound up third. Virga passed Auwarter for fourth as they rounded out the top-five finishers.

 

In the overall point standings, Ourant now leads by just a single point (87-86) over Pielsticker with Sanford in third with 71 points. Auwarter is fourth with 70 points, followed by Virga with 67 points.

 

The Bertil Roos Racing Series has an exhibition race at historic Lime Rock Park on April 30 and the third weekend of points races for the 16-race series is scheduled for May 25-26 at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Course.

 

Race 3 & 4 results can be found here.

 

For more information about the Bertil Roos Racing Series and Bertil Roos Racing School, visit racenow.com.