The 41st HSR Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Hagerty, which will go into the record books as one of the most competitive editions ever of the premier vintage and historic race at Road Atlanta, came to a successful conclusion this past Sunday with more than a dozen different race winners taking to the top step of victory lane.
Among Sunday’s feature races were dual one-hour B.R.M. Chronographes Endurance Challenge race that combined to crown four different overall and class winners.
The day got underway with the B.R.M. Endurance Challenge for the Vintage classes that went green at 8:15 a.m. EDT. The 40-car field produced close competition throughout the race before the driving duo of Jamie Busby and Kevin Wheeler gradually built a lead they wouldn’t lose in the closing stages of the race. Wheeler drove the winning KMW Motorsports 1970 No. 88 Porsche 914/6 across the finish line to lead an all-Porsche podium.
Mayo Smith finished second in B.R.M. Vintage in his 1972 No. 10 Porsche 911 ST while Jim Hamblin was third in his 1968 No. 18 Porsche 911 ST.
Sunday afternoon’s B.R.M. Endurance Challenge race was crowded and competitive with three different classes sharing the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit for a full hour.
The overall and Prototype Modern win went to John Reisman in his ex-Whelen Engineering 2010 No. 33 Coyote Corvette Daytona Prototype prepared by Hudson Historics. Rich Grupp was second overall and in Prototype Modern in the 1993 No. 20 Kudzu DG3-Mazda while Mirco Schultis was third in Prototype and overall in his 2009 No. 9 ORECA FLM09 “PC” car.
The B.R.M. Historic Prototype class went to Jim Farley in his 1978 No. 198 Lola T298 prepared by RM Motorsports. Farley shared the class podium with the 2008 No. 78 Elan DP02 of Mark Brannon while John Harrold and guest co-driver John Whitbournfinished third in Harrold’s Team Mean No. 94 1979 Chevron B23/36.
The B.R.M. GT Modern class win went to the familiar driver pairing of Linden Burnsteinand Jonathon Ziegelman in Burnstein’s KMW Motorsports 1997 No. 917 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup. Paul Reisman, father of overall winner John Reisman, made it two Reismans on the podium with a second-place GTM finish in his 2009 No. 75 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup prepped by Hudson Historics. Chris Ruppel completed the GTM podium in third place in his 2010 No. 119 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup.
Sunday also featured the closing rounds of The Mitty weekend’s WeatherTech Sprint doubleheader races that produced several notable and repeat race winners.
Competitors doubling up and sweeping both their respective Saturday and Sunday WeatherTech Sprint races included Doug Campbell in Group 2 (1964 No. 61 Ginetta G4), Lawrence Cooper in Group 3A (1971 No. 17 Datsun 240Z), Edward Sevadjian in Group 5 (1969 No. 86 Corvette), John Finger in Group 8 (2002 No. 33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo) and Jacek Mucha in Group 11 (2006 No. 0 Swift JMS-016P).
Brannon also swept both Group 4 WeatherTech Sprints in his 1997 No. 7 Lola T97/20 Indy Lights car, picking up two more trophies to go along with his B.R.M. Historic Prototype runner-up finish.
WeatherTech Sprint Group 7 didn’t see a repeat winner but instead produced two of the more unique victories of The Mitty weekend. Phil Daigrepont won Saturday in his Warsteiner-liviried 1978 No. 4 Toj SC 206 while 16-year-old Willis Woerheide stepped up to take the class win on Sunday.
Woerheide’s winning car was a 1975 Lola T332-based No. 7 Schkee Can-Am car (pictured above and at top of page) nearly three times as old as its teenage driver at The Mitty. Both based on Formula 5000 Lola T332 race cars, Woerheide’s Schkee, which is crewed on in part by his parents Jon and Catherine, was the later and lighter sister of the Schkee DB1 that Tom Klausler drove to victory in the first second-generation Can-Am race at St. Jovite in 1977.
Next up for HSR is the VIR Historics at Virginia International Raceway, June 1-3. Learn more at www.hsrrace.com/vir-historic-races/.
• Plenty of racing legends and stars from the track and Hollywood were in action at the 41st HSR Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Hagerty. Grand Marshal and Datsun racing legend John Morton, who was part of the event’s celebration of featured marque Nissan/Datsun, not only presided over The Mitty but put in a podium performance of his own. Morton drove his equally iconic 1970 No. 46 BRE Datsun 240Z to a third-place showing in Saturday’s Group 3A WeatherTech Sprint.
• A surprise and welcome addition to The Mitty was Bill Elliott, who reunited with an ex-Evernham Motorsports 2002 No. 9 Dodge Intrepid R/T he shared during the weekend with fellow Elliott Racing Heritage team member Carlus Gann. “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville,” which is only about 30 miles from Road Atlanta, proved he hasn’t missed a beat by finishing third in Saturday’s Group 8 WeatherTech Sprint.
• Comedian, television host, podcaster and all-around automotive enthusiast Adam Carolla was among the Datsun/Nissan racing enthusiasts at The Mitty, competing in his immaculately restored ex-Bob Sharp Racing Datsun 610.
• Doc Bundy won the Group B WeatherTech Sprint on Sunday in a 1964 No. 124 Lotus 23b while former IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series Champion Eric Curran was at Road Atlanta coaching teammate and co-driver John Reisman.