July 26 - 29 2018

Portland Vintage Racing Festival

LOCATION: PORTLAND, OREGON

NEAREST AIRPORT: PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (9 MILES), SEATTLE (160 MILES)

July 26 - 29 - 2016

Portland Vintage Racing Festival

LOCATION: PORTLAND, OREGON

NEAREST AIRPORT: PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (9 MILES), SEATTLE (160 MILES)

RACE REPORT

The SVRA-run Portland Vintage Racing Festival was another new venue and event for Masters in 2018. The stunning Oregon countryside was a great backdrop to a new weekend on our schedule! The Portland Vintage Racing Festival showcased cars from some of the most historically significant race series in the US and we were delighted that the Masters USA cars featured in such a stellar line up!

 


Ethan Shippert completed Friday morning’s first practice session with a time of 1:11:111 around Portland International Raceway, 3.17km, 12 turn courses. Located in Portland, Oregon this weekend’s Masters USA event is the first of four US races to be run in 2018.

Thirteen cars took to the track for the morning session and for most of the drivers it was either their first time at the circuit, or the first time driving a Historic Formula 1 car there. Being the first session there was time spent learning the track, which although appearing fairly easy, there are a number of technical turns.

Shippert’s Brabham BT44 has been run previously at Portland and owner Phil Reilly was able to set the car up so Ethan was able to turn in competitive times early in the session. Martin Lauber and Dalmo de Vasconcelos were both having their first outings in their cars and at the Portland track.

As adjustments are made and the drivers become more comfortable expect the times to drop this afternoon for Qualifying at 15h25.

Cal Meeker topped the grid for Friday’s qualifying session with a time of 1:11.335. This weekend is Cal’s first time in Portland and he was able to cut 1.662 seconds off his morning time as he tweaked his Tyrrell 009 setup and became more familiar with the circuit. Twelve cars made it out for qualifying with John Delane not able to make the second session in his Tyrrell 002 due to a gearbox failure.

The fastest times were down from this morning’s session as the track surface heated up and became slipper. A number of drivers chose to start the session with sticker tires, but due to the heat there wasn’t an improvement in the times. Meeker had the best improvement, going from fourth this morning to first this afternoon. Steven Romak and Jamie Constable swapped positions from this morning. Romak lowered his time by .996 second and Constable was .672 second slower than in the morning.

Ethan Shippert stayed on old tires and slipped from quickest in the morning to fourth. Car owner Phil Reilly is confident with new tires and a wing adjustment, Shippert will be back up the grid. Bud Moller was consistent being fifth in both of today’s sessions, improving by almost 1 second. Martin Lauber moved up 1 place from the morning, unfortunately late in the session his March 741 suffered a mechanical failure and had to pull off the track.

Sean Allen and Bill Cord both moved up one position at the expense of Ron Maydon who slipped back to ninth with a time .924 seconds slower than the morning. Dalmo de Vasconcelos was again tenth overall with Charles Warner and Michael Eckstein eleven and twelfth.

Masters USA, the Historic Formula One cars, will take to the track for a qualifying race Saturday morning at 10:15 followed by the first feature race in the afternoon.

Ethan Shippert repeated his Friday morning performance putting the Brabham BT44 on pole for this afternoons first feature race. With new tires on the Brabham, Shippert dropped his time by 1.789 seconds.

Today’s session started 30 minutes earlier than Friday, with the lower temperatures and drivers more familiar with the track the times dropped. Jamie Constable and Stephan Romak were again second and third, with Constable .377 of a second behind Shippert. Cal Meeker lowered his Friday best time by 1.026 seconds but dropped to fourth after heading the field yesterday afternoon.

Bud Moeller took .533 of a second off his Friday time to keep his hold on the fifth qualifying position with the Ensign MN179. Ron Maydon pulled the LEC CRP1 up to sixth, an improvement of 3 positions over Friday. Sean Allen and Bill Cord were seventh and eighth, repeating their grid positions from yesterday. Charles Warner jumped up two places and will start in ninth.

Dalmo de Vasconcelos found 1.104 seconds to fill in the tenth qualifying slot. John Delane’s crew were able to cure the Tyrrell 002 gearbox gremlins and John qualified eleventh and Michael Eckstein filled out the grid in twelfth. Friday afternoon Martin Lauber suffered mechanical damage that will keep him sideline for the rest of the weekend.

The first feature race for Masters USAe is scheduled to start at 14:55 this afternoon.

Ethan Shippert led from pole and all 15 laps to take the win in the Saturday afternoon Masters USA race. Although he appeared to make it look easy, Shippert had to nurse a weak brake pedal for most of the race.

Jamie Constable was second following a hot, but uneventful race. Cal Meeker provided the excitement when after sizing up Stephen Romak’s line through Turn 5, 6 and 7 he made his move on the third lap and got enough of a look through turn 7 that he was able to make the pass on the back straight. Cal put the move down to keeping a cool head in the heat. He soaked his balaclava in ice water and with the air flow was comfortable throughout the hot afternoon.

After losing third to Meeker, Stephan Romak had a uneventful run to forth. Stephan was philosophical after, saying he finished about where he expected. Bud Moeller started and finished fifth. He felt that was all he could get today. During a yellow flag he closed up with Meeker and Romak, but when the green flag came out he couldn’t hold the pace.

Ron Maydon had a return of a misfire in his LEC CRP1 and his race was over after 5 laps. The team thought they had cured as the car ran clean in the morning but returned during the race.
Sean Allen missed a shift on lap 2 and Bill Cord closed up sufficiently so the next lap he attempted to pass into turn 1. Unfortunately, as Cord came across there was contact between the right rear of his March and the left front of Allen’s McLaren and both cars retired. This promoted Dalmo de Vasconcelos and Charles Warner up to sixth and seventh. John Delane had a good run to finish eight and was pleased that the gearbox problems that had plagued the Tyrrell have been cured.

The final race of the weekend is scheduled to start at 10:35 Sunday morning.

Cal Meeker won Sunday’s feature race at Portland International Raceway in his Tyrrell 009. At the drop of the flag pole sitter Ethan Shippert immediately pulled away. Unfortunately a CV joint in the rear of his Brabham BT44 failed and Shippert retired with 2 laps complete. All that Ethan was able to come away with, was the fastest lap.

Jamie Constable was second on the grid, but forgot his ear plugs when he was making his way to the pre-grid. By the time he found a set of ear plugs and the crew got him in the car the field has already set off for the parade lap. Constable quickly worked his way through the field and was hounding Stephan Romak for the last couple of laps, but ultimately had to settle for third. His crew will probably be adding ear plugs to the pre-race check list for future races.

Stephen Romak out dragged Cal Meeker at the start to take second, but Meeker quickly sized him up and had a jump exiting turn 7 and pulled off a pass on the back straight. With Shippert retiring Meeker was able to control the race from the front to take the checkered. Bud Moeller broke his run of fifth place finishes for the weekend and brought his Ensign MN179 home fourth.

Sean Allen’s crew repaired the damage from his Saturday afternoon incident and rewarded everyone’s hard work with a fifth place. Charles Warner and Dalmo de Vasconcelos swapped finishing places from Saturday afternoon, with Warner sixth and de Vasconcelos seventh. Michael Eckstein repeated his Saturday result to finished eigth.

John Delane suffered a flat rear tire and retired on lap thirteen. Roy Maydon pitted on lap 11 with concern over a nose emitting from the rear. After a quick look over the crew sent him back out. After a lap Maydon pulled in to retire with terminal gearbox failure.

Next up for Masters USA is the Monterey Pre-Reunion the 18th/19th of August at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.


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