ICSCC Race Report – August 30th,31st & Sept.1st

Felim Power #761 in the rain.  Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

Felim Power #761 in the rain. Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

Once again the ICSCC (International Conference of Sports Car Clubs) Championship Series made its yearly journey north of the border to visit Mission Raceway. In Formula Ford we had Larry Bangert from Issaquah, Washington and Sherm Johnston from Meridian, Idaho join us for the 3 days of racing. This weekend also saw the return of 2 other local drivers to the group: Steve Hocaluk and Felim Power.

Race #1

Saturday morning dawned overcast but dry, unfortunately it was not to stay that way. The rain started to fall within a lap or so of the start of the Formula Ford qualifying session. All the drivers had gone out on slick tires and only those that managed a quick opening lap got any sort of meaningful times as the conditions worsened as the session progressed. Pole position for the Formula Fords was captured by Alan McColl in his #703 MCE Motors Tiga FF77, beside him was Doug Floer in his #791 Topsoft Inc./ MK Technologies Van Diemen RF81. Behind them came Larry Bangert in his #32 R and A Manufacturing Crossle 35F and Felim Power in his #761 Van Diemen RF81. Lining up in the third row were Steve Hocaluk in his #724 Sherine Industries Van Diemen RF81 and Dave McKay in the #45 KV Enterprises/Bad Dog Business Lola 644. They were followed by Sherm Johnstone in his #7 R and A Manufacturing Crossle 35F.

By the time the green flag waved to start Saturday afternoon’s Formula Ford race there was no hint of a dry line as the track was well and truly soaked. Alan McColl made his usual good start and he led the field out of Turn #1 on the first lap. Despite very trying conditions he was able to maintain his lead all the way to the chequered flag.

He was followed across the finish line by Doug Floer, Dave McKay, Felim Power, Steve Hocaluk and Larry Bangert. Sherm Johnston was not able to finish as he retired from the race on lap 4.

Qualifying: 1. Alan McColl (Tiga FF77) 1m24.299, 2. Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF81) 1m26.161, 3. Larry Bangert (Crossle 35F) 1m27.260, 4. Felim Power (Van Diemen RF81) 1m30.331, 5. Steve Hocaluk (Van Diemen RF81) 1m38.056, 6. Dave McKay (Lola 644) 4m10.314, 7. Sherm Johnston (Crossle 35F) 4m47.073

Fastest Race Lap: Alan McColl 1m24.105

 

Sherm Johnston #7 leading Felim Power #761 in Turn #5. Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

Sherm Johnston #7 leading Felim Power #761 in Turn #5. Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

 

Doug Floer #791 & Alan McColl #703. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Doug Floer #791 & Alan McColl #703. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Race #2

Sunday morning’s qualifying was also in the wet with the rain returning shortly before the cars were to go out on the track. Alan McColl #703 MCE Motors Tiga FF77 was the quickest qualifier, he was followed by Doug Floer #791 Topsoft Inc./MK Technologies Van Diemen RF81. In the second row was Dave McKay #45 KV Enterprises/Bad Dog Business Lola 644 and Felim Power #761 Van Diemen RF81. On the third row was Alan Baker #790 Van Diemen RF79 and Larry Bangert #32 R and A Manufacturing Crossle 35F. They were followed by Sherm Johnston #7 R and A Manufacturing Crossle 35F and Steve Hocaluk #724 Sherine Industries Van Diemen RF81.

To the relief of all the drivers the clouds parted and the sun came out for the afternoon’s event. The race started on a dry track and Alan McColl made another one of his fine starts and jumped into an early lead which he never surrendered. Behind him Dave McKay, Larry Bangert and Doug Floer were engaged in a very tight battle for 2nd place. It all came to a dramatic end on Lap #10 when Dave McKay got sideways on the exit of Turn #1 and his car was hit by Larry Bangert’s Crossle. Larry’s car went up and over the right front wheel of Dave’s Lola breaking the wheel, and damaging the suspension, nose cone and radiator. Both cars spun off the track onto the grass allowing Doug Floer to move into 2nd place which he held onto until the chequered flag. Larry was able to get his Crossle going again following the accident and came home in 3rd place. He was followed by Felim Power, Sherm Johnston, Steve Hocaluk and Alan Baker.

Qualifying: 1. Alan McColl (Tiga FF77) 1m24.430, 2. Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF81) 1m26.303, 3. David McKay (Lola 644) 1m30.282, 4. Felim Power (Van Diemen RF81) 1m31.498, 5. Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF79) 1m31.801, 6. Larry Bangert (Crossle 35F) 1m31.947, 7. Sherm Johnston (Crossle 35F) 1m38.927, 8. Steve Hocaluk (Van Diemen RF81) no time.

Fastest Race Lap: Alan McColl 1m11.935

 

Doug Floer #791 and Larry Bangert #32.  Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette

Doug Floer #791 and Larry Bangert #32. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette

 

Dave McKay #45 getting sideways on exiting of Turn#1 in front of #32 Larry Bangert and #791 Doug Floer. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Dave McKay #45 getting sideways on exiting of Turn#1 in front of #32 Larry Bangert and #791 Doug Floer. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette

 

Photo courtery of Gerry Frechette.

Photo courtery of Gerry Frechette.

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

 

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

 

A dejected Dave McKay looking back at his car being towed away. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

A dejected Dave McKay looking back at his car being towed away. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

 

 

 

Race #3

For the first time during the weekend the drivers had a truly dry qualifying session. Once again Alan McColl #703 MCE Motors Tiga FF77 set the fastest lap to grab pole position for the Formula Ford race. Beside him was Larry Bangert in his #32 R and A Manufacturing Crossle 35F. Row #2 was made up of Doug Floer #791 Topsoft Inc./MK Technologies Van Diemen RF81 and Steve Hocaluk in his #724 Sherine Industries Van Diemen RF81. Row #3 consisted of Felim Power #761 Van Diemen RF81 and Sherm Johnston #7 R and A Manufacturing Crossle 35F. They were followed by Alan Baker #790 Van Diemen RF79. Unfortunately Dave McKay was unable to repair his car and was not able to start the race.

In a repeat on the past 2 days Alan McColl jumped out to an early lead and held onto it to the finish. In 2nd place was Doug Floer followed by Felim Power, Sherm Johnston, Steve Hocaluk. Alan Baker and Larry Bangert.

Qualifying: 1. Alan McColl (Tiga FF77) 1m12.421, 2. Larry Bangert (Crossle 35F) 1m13.739, 3. Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF81) 1m13.801, 4. Steve Hocaluk (Van Diemen RF81) 1m16.355, 5. Felim Power (Van Diemen RF81) 1m16.793, 6. Sherm Johnston (Crossle 35F) 1m16.925, 7. Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF79) 1m17.171, 8. Dave McKay (Lola 644) no time.

Fastest Race Lap : Alan McColl 1m12.153

Steve Hocaluk #724 being chased by Sherm Johnston #7 into Turn #2.  Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette

Steve Hocaluk #724 being chased by Sherm Johnston #7 into Turn #2. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette

 

Felim Power #761 followed by Doug Floer #791 and Larry Bangert #32.  Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Felim Power #761 followed by Doug Floer #791 and Larry Bangert #32. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

 

Alan Baker #790 leading Steve Hocaluk #724 and Sherm Johnston #7. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.

Alan Baker #790 leading Steve Hocaluk #724 and Sherm Johnston #7. Photo courtesy of Gerry Frechette.