Race 2/Round 6 @ Mid Ohio seemed a whole different bucket of fish with only the final running order being somewhat familiar as Mick Nesevitch would pull of a last lap pass on Tom Howell to complete the week-end sweep at Mid-O.
With the ai field dialed up in both numbers and strength, all the humans had their hands full engaged for the full 20 minute session. Except Tom Howell who once he got around the final ai guy which was a 3 lap deal, he lead unchallenged for most of 6 laps before Mick Nesevitch got to second and the battle became heated.
But the battling with ai and real cars went on throughout the field making for a fantastic race for all involved. regardless of outcome it was fun for all...
Johnny Vesterlund came back to race 2 with his connection issues dealt with and was a real charger until an incident sent him to the back. Dan Kaisinger also had his hands full and took the worst end of it in racing the ai. After a particularly bad on-track war with one particular ai car and the pack it was running in sent him off track it would be a race of catch-up which he was able to do but ran out of laps/time before he could advance his position.
Jeb Rown and Bill Harrison spent most of the 20 minutes warring with ai car in the back and began to make progress right near the end but too late to gain many points in the race. The last few turns would see Rown, Harrison and Vesterlund battling each other and ai cars to an exciting finish.
In the end Mick Nesevitch would get by Tom Howell in the last turn to complete the sweep at Mid-Ohio.
Congrats to Mick Nesevitch on winning both Rounds at Mid-Ohio...
Johnny Vesterlund looked to have this one locked up leading the first 7 of the 11 laps run before the 20 Minute time limit ran out. Mick Nesevitch would relieve Vesterlund of the point with 4 to go and take home the 1st place honors. Johnny would settle for a 3rd on the podium after the early race dominating performance.
Tom Daven finished second after spending most of the race in the 4-5 position.
Tom Howell also ran 4-5 most of the 1st round at CMP and would finish in the same area grabbing fourth.
Bill Harrison would continue his SRF woes and would finish 20th and struggled the entire race to find a hold on the car.
Dan Kaisinger hit the grid late and fought the morning fog to finish 21st at the tail end of the field after several offs along the way.
Another Tom Daven brought another clinic to the Spec Racing Ford Series this time at Lime Rock Park.
Tom Howell managed to get to the point after an ai led the opening lap, and scored a single lap led but Daven quickly relieved him for the top spot and checked out. Howell chased Daven most of the way from second place, with Mick Nesevitch right there in the hunt, not far behind them was Dan Kaisinger and then later in the race Bill Harrison fell into line at 5th. It pretty much went that way for 20 minutes.
Disaster in the shape of a connection issue took Johnny Vesterlund out after just two laps relegating him to a last place scored.
Congrats to Tom Daven on his Win at Lime Rock Park in round round one.