Weatherman Sweep Highlights Virginia Bertil Roos Races
May 5, 2021
ALTON, Va. — Kirk Weatherman found the fast way around Virginia International Raceway sweeping both Group 1 races of the Bertil Roos Race Series on May 3-4.
Justin Fierro and Adam Colombo split Group 2 victories with the races held on the VIR South Course.
Weatherman set the fast time of 1:25.10 during qualifying and proceeded to lead wire-to-wire in the first of two Group 1 races.
Geoff Valentino moved into second place and Keshav Vellodi settled into third. Craig Curren, Yann de Rochefort and Oceane Nepola engaged in an intense three-driver battle for the other top-five positions.
Curren was able to hang on to the fourth spot as Nepola and de Rochefort swapped positions behind him. Nepola took over the No. 5 position on lap 7 only to see de Rochefort take the spot back four laps later.
Valentino took the lead on the opening lap of race No. 2, but there was no holding Weatherman back. Weatherman made the winning pass on lap 2, although Valentino kept the pressure on throughout the rest of the 15-lap race.
There was an equally tight battle for third-place with Vellodi making the pass of Curran for the position. Another close battle took place for fifth with Nepola overtaking de Rochefort with three laps to go.
Fierro led every lap of the Group 2 opener which was slowed by a full-course caution on lap 2 for Jeff Hoover’s accident in turn 1 and Colombo’s mechanical failure at turn 7.
Reiner Oberst and Javier Nazario moved up to the second and third positions, while the battle raged behind them. Roger Gill passed Bob Pearlmutter as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Nazario got a great start in race No. 2 and powered into the lead in turn 1. Colombo made the pass for the lead a lap later and Fierro followed. Colombo led the rest of the way.
Nazario and Oberst traded third-place on three different occasions before Nazario got the spot for good with three laps to go. Pearlmutter and Gill had another spirited battle between themselves with Pearlmutter finishing fifth.
With his weekend sweep, Weatherman holds an 81-72 points lead over Nazario and Valentino, who are tied for second-place. Vellodi ranks fourth in the standings with 67 points, followed by Colombo with 66 points.
The Bertil Roos Race Series returns to action June 9-10 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course.
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