ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire
July 17, 2016
New Jersey Motorsports Park - Thunderbolt
LB Sports Dominates 200 Mile Race at NJMP Thunderbolt
Millville, NJ – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire hit the home stretch in style on a big weekend with Championship Cup Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park. With a solid field of 198 riders making up 702 entries in the CCS classes, it was a great opportunity for the Team Challenge participants to show their stuff and recruit good racers to help in future events and the teams did not waste their chance.
Early in the race it looked more like a sprint race again than a 200 mile race in 90° heat with full sunshine and 60% humidity as the top teams set their hot laps in the first ¼ of the event. As expected, LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) on the Kawasaki ZX-10 was right in the thick of the battle from the start, turning fast lap of the race on lap 13, a 1:26.535, nearly matched by the Yamaha R-6 of Jimmy Winters Motorsports (Anthony Mazziotto III, Casey Tobolewski) with a 1:26.729 on the same lap. This frantic pace had the other teams struggling hard until pit stops started and then the real work began.
With JWM stopping first on lap 23, LB Sports was able to open a little bit of breathing, room, (if you call 1.2 seconds breathing room) over Grease Monkey Racing ( Eric Helmbach) and Mavros Motorsports (Charlie Mavros, Seth Starnes, Dustin Young). Unfortunately for JWM, a pit crew infraction got them their first meatball flag of the day, costing them a stop and go penalty and letting the other teams get away from them. On lap 31, Mavros Motorsports pitted their Kawasaki ZX-10, followed by LB Sports on lap 32 leaving Grease Monkey Racing out front on their BMW S1000RR until lap 35. Once the pit stops and penalties were done it was clear the race belonged to these 4 teams and varying pit stop strategies brought them close to LB Sports but “Ironman” Bayley kept the pressure on and by lap 55, only GMR was still on the lead lap 1:07.281 seconds behind. By lap 68, LB Sports had a lap on the entire field when Bayley hit pit road for the final stop, re-entering with a 39.98 second lead over second place GMR. Then as the others made their final stops on lap 73, it left JWM in 2nd, Mavros in 3rd and GMR holding on to 4th place all a full lap behind the eventual winner LB Sports. With their 3rd place finish, Mavros Motorsports is now just 14 points ahead of LB Sports in the Overall Championship.
For the GTO Class, it was the “usual suspects” on the podium with LB Sports in 1st, Mavros Motorsports in 2nd and Grease Monkey Racing in 3rd. For the 2016 GTO Championship, Mavros Motorsports has a 10 point lead with 3 races left for the season.
The GTU class winner, Jimmy Winter Motorsports, had a full lap lead over second place LWTRacer.com (Sam Wiest, William Finnerty) on the Triumph 675 and Wolfpack Racing (AJ Berlowitz, Jim Cece, David Zeccardi) finished third on a Kawasaki ZX-6. Jinba Ittai- Oskar Blues finished 9th after blowing a motor 31 laps into the contest but maintained a 58 point lead in the 2016 GTU Championship over LWTRacer.com with 3 rounds to go.
It was definitely a banner day for the LWT Racer teams as the entire podium for the GTL Class were representing LWT Racer. The top step was class point leader LWT Racer 171 (Todd Alberico, Benjamin Loyle) followed by LWT Racer 60 (Sam Wiest, William Finnerty) in second and the LWT Racer 216 (Anthony Rossati, John Dodson, Joseph Bungo) finished in third. The victory by LWT Racer 171 earned them a 31 point lead in the 2016 GTL National Championship standings heading to Summit Point for round 6 of the series.
For complete results and point standings, please visit our website at www.asraracing.com and follow the links.
The next event for the ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is August 21 at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, WV. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.asraracing.com or www.ccsracing.us.
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