Jul 15, 2012
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From a press release
issued by ASRA
Round Six Michelin Team Challenge Series
New Jersey Motorsports Park
July 15, 2012
Chester Auto Repair Makes it Two in a Row at NJMP-Thunderbolt
Millville, NJ The weather and the competition was hot at New Jersey Motorsports Park as the Chester Auto Repair team made it two victories in a row in the 2012 Michelin Team Challenge Series. With temperatures in the 90's and humidity to match, it was real test for men, women and machines to finish the 65-lap feature event at the Thunderbolt Circuit.
The Chester Auto BMW, piloted by Eric Helmbach, won both the Overall and GTO classes by 58.846 seconds over DLNQNT Racing Suzuki, ridden by John Palmer and Ryan Manotti, with Walt Sipp on the Thrashed Bike Racing Buell finishing on the final podium position, 1-lap down to the top two teams.
The GTU class witnessed another new team winning in 2012, TOBC Racing with Jon Couch and Scott Harwell putting in the riding chores. The TOBC Suzuki bested the Angry Peaches Honda, with Allison Fournier and Dan Heverly aboard, by 42.215 seconds after 63 laps. Finishing in third position was the XRay Racing Yamaha, ridden by Christian Meekma and former Team Challenge Solo Champion Ray Hofman, 7.073 seconds back of second place Angry Peaches.
It has been a season long battle between GMB Now Racing and G-Baby Racing for dominance in the GTL class and that was the prediction for this event as they lined up beside each other for the start. Only 6 turns into the race G-Baby Racing Suzuki took an off track excursion and cost themselves momentum. Out front, the GMB Now Suzuki with Sean O'Sullivan and Max Grant sharing the riding after Clayton Fisk was injured, put their head down and extended their advantage while G-Baby was still sorting out whether there were problems with their machine. This allowed the Absolute.com Suzuki to move into second chasing GMB in the early stages. The young gun trio of Erik Callan, Brandon Tullock and Eziah Davis joined with Team Captain Keith Culver to keep the Absolute.com entry up front, even taking the lead on lap 7 from GMB Racing. Then on lap 17, Absolute.com Racing hit pit lane and GMB took command of the event from there. The G-Baby Racing Suzuki continued to push on and took advantage of the three more pit stops made by Absolute.com to move back to the runner-up position at the half-way point. The G-Baby team held on to take second by 36.912 seconds over the third place Absolute.com squad.
The American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) is the parent organization to the Championship Cup Series (CCS), the largest amateur motorcycle road racing organization in the United States with 4,000 licensed riders. ASRA sanctions eight Michelin Pro Series and eight Michelin Team Challenge road racing events for 2011. The CCS Series sanctioned 47 events for 2012 at popular tracks around the united states. Tracks include Daytona International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Homestead Miami Speedway, Heartland Park Topeka, and Virginia International among other fine venues. In 2012 ASRA and CCS provide riders with access to millions of dollars of sponsorship awards through participation in its sanctioned events.
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