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OCC season opener results - Nov 12, Elyria, OH


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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 12:39 PM

The season opener at Haven Raceway gave us three different winners in four classes, and as predicted all four records fell on the Elyria Kingleman.
 
First up was GT1-B with 15 entrants, including a great mixture of visitors and Haven locals. Split into two groups of 7 and 8, it proved to be a wild go with Jeff Henes running a strong race in tough traffic, winning over Sean Sutorius and John Halfhill.
 
GT1-B 

1) Jeff Henes - 198 laps
2) Sean Sutorius - 195
3) John Halfhill - 191
4) Brandon Barricello - 186.3
5) Dennis Matovich - 186.2+
6) Dan Halfhill - 186.2-
7) Jeffrey Henes - 181
8) Jim Bandes - 179
9) Robert John Manzitti - 174
10) Lester Lucas - 173
11) Haley Halfhill - 165
12) Tom Rowell - 164
13) Nate Graham - 162
14) Rusty Jackson - 152.12
15) Ken Kanyok - 152 DNF
 
The seven man GT1-A division came down to the wire with Bud Bartos tracking down Eric Shirey and Justin Porter in the last heat, when the three racers went into the heat separated by a lap.
 
GT1-A
1) Bud Bartos - 201 laps
2) Eric Shirey - 200
3) Justin Porter - 199
4) Gil Pataky - 193
5) Javier Sabala - 189
6) Jim Torre - 170
7) David Decoster - 169
 
Group 10 continues its resurgence in the Challenge Cup with 17 entries, representing an 8 and 9 man race respectively. But for this division, there was simply no catching a very dialed in Eric Shirey, running the lone 200+ lap race in Group 10 and winning by 7 laps over David Decoster and 11 over Jeff Henes.
 
Group 10
1) Eric Shirey - 202 laps
2) David Decoster - 195
3) Jeff Henes - 191
4) Bud Bartos - 188
5) Justin Porter - 186
6) John Halfhill - 183
7) Javier Sabala - 181
8) Jim Torre - 175
9) Lester Lucas - 174
10) Robert John Manzitti - 173
11) Aaron Haehn - 171
12) Dennis Matovich - 170
13) Ron Vincek - 164
14) Rusty Jackson - 163
15) Nate Graham - 157
16) Tom Rowell - 154.4+
17) Haley Halfhill - 154.4-
 
The closest racing of the day by far was in the fast and frantic GTP division. Two round robins between 19 racers resulted in a tie on laps for the win on a new OCC record of 212 laps! Ultimately, it was Haven regular and OCC sophomore Jeff Henes over Eric Shirey, with Bud Bartos also cracking the old OCC record with 210 laps for 3rd.
 
GTP
1) Jeff Henes - 212.12 laps
2) Eric Shirey - 212.4
3) Bud Bartos - 210
4) Justin Porter - 209
5) Sean Sutorius - 208
6) Ron Vincek - 207
7) Dave Decoster - 206
8) Gil Pataky - 201
9) Tom Rowell - 199
10) Brandon Barricello - 196
11) Dan Halfhill - 195
12) Jim Torre - 190
13) John Halfhill - 190
14) Javier Sabala - 188
15) Robert John Manzitti - 183
16) Haley Halfhill - 176
17) Nate Graham - 167
18) Johnny Detroit - 164
19) Lester Lucas - 107


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 01:23 PM

Great looking turn-out, congrats!


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 05:04 PM

Yes, was nice to see Haven filled with racers. Nice turn out for frist race, and racing was good. Good job to all who raced. Matt and Justin did a good job. I was able to steel food for my late lunch. Thank you very much. SK


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