MARRC

CCS Races at Summit Point October 13-14

The final race for the year 2001 was held in beautiful fall weather for the first part of the weekend. The weather on Saturday was perfect, with cool air and clear skies. The weather also cooperated for the MARRC Pumpkin Carving Contest, with almost 3 dozen entries creating a very spooky atmosphere around the Summit Point Cafe and Pro Shop.

Sunday threatened rainshowers, and weather forecasters had everyone checking their rain tires and umbrellas. Fortunately, the rain didn't come, but high winds did, blowing leaves across the racetrack, and canopies across the paddock. CCS took the rain seriously, and delayed the lunch hour as late as possible, and then shortened it to 45 minutes. And the racers complied, with very few red-flags, and only one ambulance call during Sunday. Amazingly, the last race ended at 3:30pm.

Thanks go out to Rob Curtis for sending the photos, especially since our own Glen Ouye has been unable to take many photos due to work committments. For more information on Rob, who's daytime job is a staff photographer at the Army Times, go to www.robcurtis.com.

Click to enlarge Chris Sweigard (#788) of Halifax, PA, lead John Sine #524) through Turn 6 and into the Carousel. The winds began to pick up on Sunday afternoon, and you can see the leaves blowing across the track in the photo.
Click to enlarge An unidentified expert, who shall remain nameless, lowsides his GSXR in the Carousel Sunday afternoon. The rider was unhurt but could not continue the race.
Click to enlarge GSXR mounted John Vaccarro (#67) of Bethesda, MD, leads John Sine (#524) through Turn 6 early in the Amatuer Middleweight Supersport event on Sunday.
Click to enlarge Geoffrey Allen (#617) of Bristow, VA vies for the lead in the Amateur Heavyweight Superbike event on Sunday.
Click to enlarge Chris Gruszkos (#900) of Richmond, VA guides his Ducati 900 into Turn 7 during the Amateur SuperTwins race.
Click to enlarge Tomas Bauchiero (#262) of Montgomery Village, MD on his Yamaha R6 looks out through Turn 7 during the Amatuer Middleweight Superbike event.
Click to enlarge Suzuki TLR1000 mounted Robert Patch (#36) leads, and outguns, Thane Steilow (#654) on his Honda Hawk during the combined SuperTwins race on Sunday. Steilow's Hawk has been built up to 700cc over the stock displacement of 650cc, but is still heavily outmatched by horsepower of the bikes around him. Christian Smith (#157) on his Aprilia RSV Mille is threatening the pair from just behind.
Click to enlarge On the next lap, Robert still leads the pack out of the Carousel. Papa Thiam (#808) of Arlington, VA has made his move past both Thane Steilow and Christian Smith, with Thane is trying to get back around Christian again before entering Turn 9. Richard Shilling (#311) on a supersport Suzuki SV650 is riding well by keeping pace with the group. In the background, Brian McClain (#878) is hoping the horsepower of his Honda RC51 can get him a little closer. Not shown is perennial fast guy Steve Harris on his TLR1000 who won the race and the championship.
Click to enlarge The SuperTwins race featured race action everywhere. Here Steve Keener (#3) and Donnie Unger (#88) battle it out on suprisingly evenly matched machines. Steve's Suzuki SV has been bored out to 750cc from the usual 650, and its weight advantage over Donnie's Ducati 900 make for an great race. The pair finished the race in 2nd and 3rd place.

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