Week ending 12/9/2021

By Dane Simpson

Premier Series

The first round of the Core Premier playoffs had set the stage for a multitude of storylines to culminate at Oulton Park Circuit. Many of the Core drivers also run in other GT3 series both within Core and elsewhere and would give those drivers an advantage in a class of car they were used to and would keep the competition tight. The big story would be both Nick Nickerson #2 and Mason Smith #6 starting well outside of a playoff spot and thus in a must win situation. Nickerson would rise to the challenge winning the race from his 3rd place starting position and keeping his race clean, earning 0x. Adam Jones #46 nearly dashed Nickerson’s play for the win, but early race incidents would be just a bit too much to overcome. Jimmy Covert #14 punched his playoff ticket with a solid top five finish, after a less than optimal qualifying effort started him 13th. The battle for the bubble was decided by a single point when a late race spin by Brandon Mettler #15 allowed Dane Simpson #96 to sneak by and keep Eric Andrews #9 out of the next round. Sources say communications between Simpson’s and Mettler’s teams are under review by Core officials. The next round of three races commences with a trip to Kansas before heading to a pair of dirt tracks.


Nickerson needed a win to move on and got just that


GT3 Series
With the 24 hours of Daytona on the horizon, a trip to the legendary track showed who has started their practicing and who had not. In the Pro Division Nick Nickerson #2 started from the pole position and would retain the top spot for the duration of the race other than pit stops. Mason Smith #6 and Mark Thomas #50 would keep Nickerson honest as they rounded out the podium. Elsewhere in the division Derek Sherman #42 flexed his endurance chops, accumulating an impressive 0x in the hour and a half event. In the Amateur Division Adam Jones #46 would have his reign over the division challenged as Dennys Diaz #420 made a guest appearance, knocking him to a 2nd place starting spot. Jones would maintain his title of top dog in the division when the checkers fell, with Diaz and Thaddeus Marshall #89 rounding out the top three spots. Daytona proved to be a difficult race for the Amateur Division, as only half of the drivers would finish the event. Next week the drivers head to the unique circuit of Brands Hatch and the interestingly designed Paddock Hill Bend.

No Rolex, but a win for Nickerson none the less


Jones fights off new blood to claim yet another victory


Developmental Series
The final race before switching to the double points portion of the season took this seasons crop of drivers to the Phoenix road course for some open wheel action in the formula vee. Dylan Wilbers #16 would qualify on the pole, and despite an early spin he would hold off Abhi Visuvasam #008 for the win. Brandon Devos #37 was the hardest charger among the D-Series drivers moving to 4th from his 8th place starting spot. David Peplinski #846 showed his skill on the road course leading 12 laps early in the race but falling back to finish with a top 5. After the first six races of the season Wilbers has a commanding lead on second place driver Brian Shepherd Jr #012, but with the next 4 races being double points even a 63 point lead could be in jeopardy. The difference between 2nd and 7th is only 59 points, meaning by seasons end anyone could still punch their ticket to season 7 in Premier.

Wilbers spins early, but still finds his way to the front and grab an even bigger points lead