Dai, Jasper Duo Race to Palm Beach Victories

Group 1 Races 1 & 2 (from left to right): 2nd Place Bob Perlmutter, 1st Place Gabe Jasper, 3rd Place Frank Anelante

JUPITER, Fla. — Points leader Jimmy Dai and the father-son combination of Gabe and Phillip Jasper dominated action at the Bertil Roos Winter Race Series event January 9-10 at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Gabe Jasper raced to his third and fourth straight wins in Group 1 action. After setting the fast time in qualifying at 1:33.18 around the 2.2-mile road course, he held off Bob Perlmutter for the win in the first race. Frank Anelante captured the third spot with Charles Shiner and rookie driver Randy Russell rounding out the top five.

Jasper continued to set the pace in the second race, while the rest of the top five finished in the same spots.

Group 2 Races 1 & 2 (from left to right): 2nd Place Chris Willcox, 1st Place Philip Jasper, 3rd Place Vinnie Virga

Phillip Jasper was the man to beat in Group 2 and his qualifying run of 1:33.10 was the quickest of anyone. Rookie Chris Willcox proved to be a fast learner and he challenged Jasper for the top spot.

No one could overpower Jasper, who rolled to the first Group 2 victory. Willcox finished second ahead of Vinnie Virga, who took the final podium spot. Joe Lattanzi finished fourth. The results of the second Group 2 race mirrored the first with Jasper again proving hard to overcome, followed by Willcox and Virga with Lattanzi again missing out on the final podium spot.

Group 3 Races 1 & 2 (from left to right): 2nd Place Kirk Weatherman, 1st Place Jimmy Dai, 3rd Place Ben Corson

Jimmy Dai had the quick time for Group 3 and he raced to the win over Kirk Weatherman. Ben Corson rounded out the podium finishers with Bryan Sircely fourth after Reiner Oberst, who ran strong early, had trouble and wasn’t able to finish.

Dai secured the weekend sweep in the second race, which was his third straight win in the series overall. Weatherman again was runner-up and Corson was third. Sircely and Oberst rounded out the top five.

With an incredible start of five wins and a runner-up finish in six races, Dai has a 144-133 points lead over Gabe Jasper in the Winter Series standings. Weatherman ranks third with 132 points, followed Willcox with 128 points and Phillip Jasper with 118 points. 

Perlmutter and Sircely are tied for sixth, just one point outside the top five.

The series shifts to Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., for the next Winter Series event, February 21-22.