The calendar said it was fall, but the heat index said it was still summer as the German Touring Series racers gathered at Road Atlanta September 14 and 15 with NASA Southeast.
On Saturday in the Lightning race, John Mock set a fast lap time in GTS1, but retired in lap three. As such, Thomas Crookston in his VW GTI kept a solid pace and finished the race to win the GTS1 class.
GTS2 saw John Torgerson’s Porsche 944 take the checkered less than a second ahead of Thomas Logan’s BMW in one of the best one-on-one matchups of the day. Chuck Ellis brought his Mercedes-Benz 190 out of mothballs to race to a mechanically plagued third. Team Fire Engine still couldn’t find a dyno shop and ran alone in GTSU.
In the Thunder race, it was all GTS3 cars and all BMWs. Cawley Motorsports came in first and Werner Stark in second in another incredibly close finish. Ross Poole was coming on strong when he had to retire in lap six and settle for third place.
Sunday’s results in Lightning had the same winners as Saturday with the exception of the Unlimited class which saw a new entry, the BMW of A.R. Hoshmandy set fire to the little fire engine. In Thunder, Mr. Stark got revenge for Saturday and took the checkered flag in GTS3.
NASA Southeast and the GTS series will finish out the year at VIRginia International Raceway, Carolina Motorsports Park and our final event at Road Atlanta in December.