Parker, Banz claim Savannah Speed Classic wins

Parker, Banz claim Savannah Speed Classic wins

Vintage Motorsport / Historic

Parker, Banz claim Savannah Speed Classic wins


Mike Banz drove to his third race win of the weekend while Rob Parker scored a hometown victory for car owner Jay Javets and German Auto Service in a competitive B.R.M Chronographes Vintage and GT Classic Enduro that wrapped up a full day of on-track action Saturday at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Savannah Speed Classic at the Grand Prize Circuit on Hutchinson Island.

Already a winner in Saturday morning’s WeatherTech sprint and Friday’s Bob Woodman Tires International/American Challenge races, Banz went three-for-three in his Heritage Motorsports No. 13 1974 Porsche 911 RSR Saturday afternoon with an overall and GT Classic class victory in the one-hour B.R.M. Chronographes race.

Parker finished a strong second overall in the Javets-owned No. 71 1971 Porsche 914/6 GT (pictured above) while taking Vintage-class honors for the Savannah-based team and drivers. Parker’s German Auto Service shop prepares the No. 71 Porsche, which is also being driven by car-owner Javets this weekend.

Danny Burnstein and Kevin Wheeler co-drove a similar KMW Motorsports No. 76 1970 Porsche 914/6 to second in the Vintage class and a solid third overall in the B.R.M. race.

The Vintage-class podium was completed by third-place finisher Brian Johnson who turned in another strong performance on the 1.965-mile Grand Prize Circuit in his unique No. 21 1970 Royale RP4 prepared by Heritage Motorsports.

The GT Classic top three was completed by the second-place duo of Fred Schulte and Russell Gee in the Heritage Motorsports No. 31 1973 Porsche 911 IROC, and third-place finisher Jeff Mitchell in his No. 73 1974 Porsche 911 RSR.

Including Banz (Group 5) and Johan Woerheide, who won the weekend’s first Group 7 sprint Saturday morning in his Savannah Race Engineering-run No. 3 1965 Lola T70 Mk II Spyder, a total of 10 different drivers were victorious in WeatherTech Sprint races Saturday in Savannah.

The WeatherTech winners included Mitchell (Group 2), Brad Hoyt (Group 3), Tom Fraelich (Group 4), Willis Woerheide (Group 6), Brian Norman (Group 8), Richard Howe (Group 9), Linden Burnstein (Group 10) and Jose Cortes (Group 11).

Hoyt’s win came at the wheel of one of the oldest race cars competing this weekend, a pristine and true British Racing Green 1962 No. 183 Lotus 23b. Fraelich was victorious in an equally flawless 1979 No. 10 March 79V while Mitchell earned his Saturday victory in a 1974 No. 41 BMW 2002 that he is racing in addition to his No. 73 Porsche. Cortes was victorious in his No. 22 Caterham SP300R.

Howe raced his 1989 No. 19 Whistler Ford Mustang prepared by MTI Racing, Norman runs a 2006 No. 9 NASCAR Dodge Charger and Burnstein drives a KMW Motorsports-prepared No. 917 2007 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. All three drivers earned repeat WeatherTech Sprint victories at Savannah after winning in the same classes in last year’s Speed Classic.

Willis Woerheide, the son of Group 7 winner Johan Woerheide, also made a return visit to victory lane in Savannah, but this time the 16-year-old talent made it to the top step of the podium after a third-place WeatherTech sprint finish last year.

The younger Woerheide took the Group 6 victory in a Savannah Race Engineering 2001 No. 38 Lola B2K/10 LMP1 (pictured above) but is still several years away from being able to enjoy the customary champagne presented to race winners.

For the second year in a row, however, Woerheide’s somewhat senior competitors made sure the young race winner at least got to experience the customary victory lane champagne bath.

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