Weatherman Runs Winning Streak to Four at Pocono
July 22, 2021
LONG POND, Pa. — Kirk Weatherman raced to his third and fourth straight wins in the Bertil Roos Race Series with a Group 2 sweep at the Pocono Raceway South and East courses.
Weatherman set the fast time in qualifying at 1:16.26 on the counter-clockwise course and he continued to set a fast pace in race 1. There was plenty of excitement in his rearview mirrors as Bruno Colombo spun and Craig Curran and Roger Gill went off track.
Cole Rosson passed Curran for the runner-up spot, while Gill moved to third. Colombo recovered to place fourth and Frank Anelante was in tow at fifth.
Weatherman and Rosson stayed out front, while there was a shuffling of the 3-6 positions. Colombo made a last-lap pass of Gill for third. Behind them, Curran got around Anelante to finish in the top five.
Curran grabbed the top spot at the start of race 2, but Weatherman passed him for the lead on lap 2. Gill moved past Curran for second two laps later and stayed there until he spun on the last lap.
It allowed Colombo to take second place with Gill hanging on for third. Rosson and Curran rounded out the top five.
Geoff Valentino and Adam Colombo dueled throughout both of the Group 1 races. Colombo jumped ahead on the opening lap before Valentino powered to the lead on the second circuit.
Then, Colombo was entangled in a tough battle for second with Yann de Rochefort. Colombo lost the position and fell back to fourth behind Mark Harrison, before rallying back to regain second place on lap 10.
Valentino and Colombo remained 1-2 with de Rochefort taking the other podium spot. Bob Perlmutter finished fourth and Harrison came in fifth.
The second race saw Valentino power ahead at the start and lead most of the race. However, Colombo wasn’t about to give up and his determination paid off. He grabbed the lead with two laps to go and raced on to the victory.
Valentino was second with de Rochefort third. Harrison and Perlumutter traded positions to finish fourth and fifth as Oceane Nepola just missed out on a top-five spot.
After the strong showings by both drivers, Weatherman with six wins overall holds a one-point advantage (211-210) over three-time season winner Valentino in the championship points battle.
Adam Colombo, also with three wins this season, ranks third with 192 points. Perlmutter and Gill are fourth and fifth with 157 and 150 points, respectively.
The series returns to Pocono Raceway on August 13-14 to race on the South clockwise course.