Gillim Ups the Pace at Virginia International Raceway
VIR – Alton, Virginia
June 14-15, 2014
Xavier Zayat won the ASRA Championship Series Presented by Pirelli Tire Expert Thunderbike race after nabbing the holeshot lead on his Suzuki SV650 and battling with Brian Kcraget on his Suzuki SV650 for the lead, lap after lap, until Kraget dropped out of the race with mechanical issues and just three laps to go. Kcraget had won the qualifying pole position with a fast lap time of 1:33.547, and Zayat qualified second with a 1:33.907. Zayat was out front early in the race, but Kcraget quickly gained the advantage after working his way through traffic and taking over the lead after two laps, with Zayat close behind in second. Out front, alone after Kcraget’s motor gave up, Zayat went on to take his first victory of the weekend. Anthony Mazziotto, III finished second, with Ray Hofman, Thomas Hall, and Russell Masecar completing the podium.
Timothy Bemisderfer qualified pole position in the ASRA Expert SuperStock race with a lap time of 1:29.809 on his Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R1000, took the holeshot, and led the race from start to finish. Behind him, was where all the action was as Tony Leong, Paul Scalph, Lloyd Bayley, Eric Helmbach, Jon Couch, and Mark Heckles maneuvered through traffic, towards the second spot. By lap three, Heckles was in second place on his Honda CBR1000RR and Bayley in third on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. And, that’s how they finished. Helmbach finished fourth, and Scalph fifth.
TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim qualified pole with the fastest lap of 1:29.312 for the ASRA Expert SportBike race, nabbed the holeshot on his Suzuki GSX-R600, and led the race from start to finish. Behind him, Metric Devil Moto’s Xavier Zayat and Justin Holderman battled for second, swapping positions, until lap six, when Holderman pulled out of the race with a mechanical issue. Gillim finished first, with Zayat, Christian Crosslin, Major L. Long, Jr., and Justin Holderman rounding off the top five.
Brandon Paasch’s fast lap time of 1:37.459 qualified him with the pole position in the AMA Sanctioned USGPRU Moto 3 event. He nabbed an early lead with his Moriwaki 250 with Jackson Blackmon, Stu Aitkin-Cade, Sharad Shanbhag, and Matthew Wallace in hot pursuit. Stu Aitkin-Cade qualified second with a fast lap of 1:38.15, but mechanical issues forced him to drop out with just two laps completed. Paasch was able to maintain his advantage for the remaining seven laps of the race and took the checkered flag without further challenge. Blackmon finished second, and Aitkin-Cade third, as Shanbhag and Wallace were disqualified for failing to report to post race tech inspection.
Paasch was out front early again in the USGPRU Combined 250 GP race on his Moriwaki 250. Jackson Blackmon was close behind in second the entire race on his Moriwaki 250, with the battle behind him for third. Paasch was again able to maintain a solid lead to take his second victory of the day. Blackmon finished second, with Bruce Lind, Kory Gill, and A. David Rhodes rounding off the top five.
Lloyd Bayley won the Unlimited Grand Prix race on his LB Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000. Mark Heckles had nabbed the holeshot and led the first two laps of the race before a red flag sent everybody back to the grid for a restart. Bayley led the charge from the restart with Scalph, Harwell, and Helmbach chasing him down, and unable to catch him. He went on to take his first victory of the day with Harwell in second, Scalph third, Helmbach fourth, and Jon Couch in fifth.
The freshly repaved full course at VIR improved grip, feel, and confidence for the weekend’s competitors, also improving lap times for many racers.
Gillim had the fastest of the qualifying times of the weekend for the ASRA SportBike classes. And he was also the winningest expert of the weekend with four first place finishes. Besides his SportBike victory, he also won the CCS Middleweight Supersport, Heavyweight Supersport, and Middleweight Superbike classes.
Triple Threat Racing’s Chase Mollak was the winningest amateur of the weekend with five first place finishes. Mollak won the Amateur GTU, Middleweight Supersport, Heavyweight Supersport, Middleweight Superbike, and Heavyweight Superbike classes with strong leads in each event.
The next rounds of racing for Championship Cup Series events are scheduled for June 20-22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 91st Louden Classic with the Northeast region, June 21-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Florida region, and June 28-29 at Summit Point Raceway for the Atlantic
and Midatlantic regions. USGPRU, ASRA, and ASRA Team Challenge events will take place July 5-6 at Road America
For additional information on future events and to see race lap times and final results, please visit www.ccsracing.us.