Texas EOS

Texas EOS Round 1
Dallas Wins Big!!!

 

 

Bellaire, TX - July 13-14, 2011


Round 1 of the inaugural Texas Electric On-road Series is now in the books. The race took place at M&M Texas Speedway in Houston Texas on July 14th. The facility included a small asphalt track that had big grip and great racing. Despite weather forecasts of rain and then more rain, the inaugural electric only on-road race was well attended reaching over 50 entries down in 1/8th off-road country. The Classes offered included Modified Sedan, 17.5 Blinky Sedan, 21.5 F1, Vintage Trans AM, 1/12th scale, and GT10.

Friday was the start of the inaugural event and we had open practice starting after the rain subsided around 4 p.m. The hardcore racers showed up for this and laid down some great practice runs while testing tires, sauce, gearing, and speed control settings. Not knowing if the weather would co-operate during the allowed practice in the morning made these sessions seem super important.


On Saturday, race day arrived with sun and more sun. Track opened at 8 a.m. and racers flooded in to the pits. By 9:30 everyone had made laps and seemed comfortable with the new layout.  As the racing started, clouds quickly took over the sky providing great shade and cool racing. However, after one and a half rounds,  the rain came down hard and flooded the area. Not to be discouraged by the Houston Summer weather all the racers decided to wait it out the rain stopped about an hour later, at which point the rain subsided, squeegees came out, and the track was dried and re-prepped. After this, the rest of the day was all clear skies.

Vintage Trans AM and the GT10 classes showed up in full force with Randy Novak, a Dallas racer showing the state how to drive the muscle cars around the asphalt. He took TQ in VTA and lead the 15 minute main from start to finish with his Xray T3R. Randy’s son Joey battled it out and managed to stay on the lead lap but just wasn’t enough to take over the “banana man”.GT10 was a little different with Aaron Grant, a native from Austin taking the win just ahead of Randy.

The 1/12th scale class was an interesting one to watch as traction changed throughout the day. Andrew Doherty and Robert Bremer battled it out for all three qualifiers and through the double A-mains with Bremer edging Andrew on the last main to take the overall win in the class. Third place went to our furthest traveler, Mr. Tom DuVerney, who made the trek all the way from Oklahoma.

The largest class for the day was the 21.5 F1 class. Houstonian Marcus Williams and Dallas Viking Robert Bremer quickly separated themselves from the field.  Marcus was slightly faster in every round and this allowed him to ensure his P1 start for the 15 minute main.  In the main, Marcus, showed why he is the number one F1 driver in Texas right now by laying down a blistering pace that no one could match. The only time he lost the lead was when he came in for his mandatory seven second pit stop. Marcus went on to win by three full laps with Bremer finishing in the number two spot just a head of Frank Hernandez in third.


In 17.5 blinky sedan showed that the average club racers can put down consistent and fast laps. Doug Bryson a Dallas racer showed that he was above and beyond the average racer by dominating qualifying in the first two qualifiers. In the 3rd round of qualifying Doug missed the call out to the track, so he had to sit it out and watch the 3rd round from the stands. This, however may have helped him save some tires going into the mains. Doug managed to win both mains from P1 with little challenge from any of the other racers. The closer battle of the weekend was between Frank Hernandez and Greg Geibel who finished in second and third respectively, both battling it out to the end.


The Modified Sedan Class was certainly an exciting one to watch. The class featured 4 National A-main drivers from the Recent 2012 Carpet Nationals, so the talent pool was definitely deep. Chris Adams, led the way most of the weekend, running smooth and consistent from Q1 to A-Main 2. The only driver to come close to Chris's pace was Houston Racer Cristian Tabush. Going into the mains, Chris Adams sat on pole, followed by Stever Breuer and Andrew Doherty. Due to some problems, Tabush had to start from 6th on the grid. In the first main, the horn went off and Chris’s car didn’t go until getting hit by a car behind him on the grid. However, with the blistering pace being laid down by Chris all weekend, he quickly found himself into third within a few laps. Steve Breuer had taken the hole shot with Cristian Tabush hot in pursuit.  An aggressive attempt at overtaking Breuer sent Tabush tumbling dropping him down to the back of the pack with Breuer still holding on to the lead. Adams managed to capitalize on this and quickly caught up to Steve making a pass on the inside after the chicane in front of the driver's stand. Once in the lead, Chris proceeded to check out. A-1 ended with Chris Adamis in first, CristianTabush in second (after a last corner pass on Breuer), Breuer in the number three spot and Andrew Doherty in 4th. Important to note was that 2nd - 4th were separated by less than 1 sec!

 

The second A-Main was much less eventful as  Chris Adams pulled away from the field early on and never looked back. Cristian Tabush and Andrew Doherty battled for the number 2 spot for a bit during the middle of the run until Cristian got around Andrew to cruise in for the second place finish. After all the smoke had cleared, the podium had Chris Adams on P1, Cristian Tabush on P2 and Andrew Doherty on P3.

 

Overall, a great weekend for everyone. Thanks to everyone that showed up and roughed it out through the rain. The first race was a great success  and if it is any indicator of things to come, it will only get bigger and better! Going into Round 2 of the Inaugural Texas EOS season, Dallas has the lead with 4 Gold medals (first place A-Main finishes) followed by Austin and Houston with one a piece. Hope to see everyone there!

 

 

Complete Results:

Qualifying:

Round 1:

GT10 Heat 1

21.5 F1 Heat 1

21.5 F1 Heat 2

VTA Heat 1

12th Scale 17.5 Heat 1

17.5 TC Heat 1

17.5 TC Heat 2

Open TC Heat 1

Round 2:

GT10 Heat 1

21.5 F1 Heat 1

21.5 F1 Heat 2

VTA Heat 1

12th Scale 17.5 Heat 1

17.5 TC Heat 1

17.5 TC Heat 2

Open TC Heat 1

Round 3:

GT10 Heat 1

21.5 F1 Heat 1

21.5 F1 Heat 2

VTA Heat 1

12th Scale 17.5 Heat 1

17.5 TC Heat 1

17.5 TC Heat 2

Open TC Heat 1

 

Mains:

B-Main 21.5 F1

B-Main 17.5 TC

A-Main 1 GT10

A-Main 1 12th Scale 17.5

A-Main 1 17.5 TC

A-Main 1 Open TC

A-Main VTA

A-Main 21.5 F1

A-Main 2 GT10

A-Main 2 12th Scale 17.5

A-Main 2 17.5 TC

A-Main 2 Open TC

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