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.

Bertil Roos Race Series Recap at Palm Beach

 

Fierro, Jasper Capture Bertil Roos Openers

Foley Sweeps Group 2; Takes Points Lead

 

JUPITER, Fla. — Justin Fierro and Gabe Jasper raced their way to Group 1 victories Monday, March 19 in the Bertil Roos Racing Series openers at Palm Beach International Raceway.

 

Seth Foley scored a sweep of Group 2 races at the famous 2.2-mile road course.

 

Fierro, an Atlanta-area racer, emerged out front from a four-way battle for the lead in the opening race. He passed pole sitter Andy Ourant for the lead on lap 11 of the 15-lap race and held off a hard-charging Tim Nichols at the end. It was Fierro’s third career victory.

 

Nichols, the defending series champion, was tapped in turn nine on the opening lap and started to spin when he collected the No. 5 car of Jasper. The wreck brought out a full-course yellow and eliminated Jasper from the race.

 

When the race went back green, Nichols moved from seventh to fourth in one lap. But, it took another seven laps for him to get to third.

 

He wasn’t the only one charging to the front as Jason Auwarter raced from eighth to second by lap 12. Nichols moved around him for the runner-up spot two laps later as the ferocious racing continued.

 

Ourant, whose qualifying time of 1:35.01 was .74 of a second faster than Nichols, passed Auwater for third, and Adam Colombo rounded out the top five.

 

There was another four-way battle for the lead early in race No. 2 with Ourant making his way out front before Nichols re-took the top spot the next lap.

 

Jasper worked his way to the front, moving into the second position on lap 5 and passing Nichols for the lead a lap later. With the competition tough throughout, Fierro spun in turn 10 while chasing Nichols for second.

 

Jasper, also a champion powerboat racer from New Jersey, led the rest of the way to earn his sixth career win. Nichols and Ourant filled out the podium, while Auwarter and Stephen Connor rounded out the top five.

 

Glenn Brooks set fast time amongst Group 2 with a qualifying lap of 1:36.20. However, outside pole sitter Foley quickly flexed his muscle in the opening race and took the lead in turn 1.

 

Robert Pielsticker passed Brooks for second on lap eight and the top three remained that way the rest of the 15-lap race.

 

Behind the three podium finishers, Vincent Caintic passed Frank Tiano for fourth place as the two rounded out the top five.

 

Foley, a multiple-time karting champion from Maryland, immediately grabbed the lead in the second race as Caintic and Tiano were involved in a turn one crash, eliminating both from the race. Pielsticker made another charge back to the runner-up spot.

 

Brooks took the final podium spot, while Chris Sanford and 2017 Rookie of the Year Vinnie Virga rounded out the top five.

 

Foley now holds the lead in the Bertil Roos Race Series standings 48-44 over Pielsticker and Nichols.

 

The next pair of races in the 16-race series is set for April 20-21 at Pocono Raceway.

 

2018 Bertil Roos Formula Car Race Series

  • April 20-21, Pocono International Raceway
  • May 25-26, New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • June 8-9, Dominion Raceway
  • June 29-30, New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • August 31 – Sept. 1, Pocono International Raceway
  • September 28-29, Pocono International Raceway
  • October 12-13, Pocono International Raceway