July 13-14 racing weekend was hot, super hot. The sun stayed high and no significant cloud coverage ensured that shade was hard to find. Racing cars do warm up quite a bit, and typically don't have air-conditioning, so it's best to keep cool as much as possible, umbrellas all around!
The Bspec races were quite exciting; the field was full and traffic was tight. As per now usual, #55 Mini Cooper was in a tight battle for the first place against #16 Mazda2.
Unfortunately for Andrei Kisel, the left front racing shock-absorber endured too much shock from the extreme competition. It snapped where no shock-absorber should snap, but still performed enought to let #55 Mini finish the race.
"I thought my tire went flat, so I slowed down to feel it out, it seemed OK, so I just sped back up" - Andrei Kisel
The next day Mini underwent a quick surgery and finished the weekend with the shock-absorber it was born with. That provided a somewhat slower, but significantly smoother ride. Which is great for any setting, except for the race track.
This was the first weekend of the year that the car #20 Ford Fiesta made it's appearance. Piloted by Lisa Chen it was a worthy contribution to the fun atmosphere of racing and kept it's pace on the track.
Norm Berrard with car #76 Honda Fit made his exclusive if not too rare appearance. He made a good sparing partner for Lisa Chen as they battled against each other for the entire weekend.
This was one of the funnest weekends of all summer, check it out for yourself in the videos below:
CW1 Race1, July 13, 2013, Mission Raceway Road Course:
CW1 Race 2, July 14, 2013, Mission Raceway Road Racing: