BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Race ReportSep 20th, 2018
H.J. Pfaff Audi Historic Race Report
BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Sept.15-16 2018
This past weekend September 15-16 The British Empire Motor Club held the 64th annual Indian Summer Trophy Races which included the VARAC Historic Series. H.J.Pfaff Audi’s Shop Foreman Perry Mason was there again competing in round 5 of the 6 round series with the H.J Pfaff Audi Newmarket sponsored 1981 Audi 80 Coupe GT Touring Car. Coming into this weekend with the complete Classic division points lead, the car and driver did not disappoint.
As good as it’s ever been
With the help of regular crew member Newmarket Audi Master Tech Darryl Hopp along with guest crew Neena Channan and Brian Goldschmied, Perry qualifyied on class pole, followed by the race win on day one in the blistering 30 C plus heat. The car was “As good as it’s ever been” stated Perry “We usually have cool ambient temperatures this time of year but we were totally prepared for anything and with cooling system modifications learned over the last few events, we were perfect even in this continuing heat”. After evening checks, detailing on the car and some personal re-hydration for the crew, Sunday was looking good.
A scorcher with extreme temps
The day started cool but quickly escalated to a scorcher with extreme ambient temps and full sun, as well as the hot competition on track. In race two, a battle for first place ensued between Mason and a Porsche 944 leaving the rest of the field behind. The two exchanged the lead numerous times before Mason made the move to lock in P1 position. The final race of the weekend had the Mason Audi and rival Porsche starting 1-2 in class. After the green, Mason on cold tires used his master race craft in the traffic of upper class cars to distance himself from second. As the race went on, the Porsche was attempting a challenge only to have a mechanical failure and get stranded with a DNF. Mason went on for the weekend win and the Indian Summer Trophy for Classic G.
Classic G and overall Classic points lead
With this victory strengthening the Classic G and overall Classic points lead, the team heads into the final event in two weeks with optimism: “We aim for a perfect weekend result in the finale at CASC’s Celebration event” Mason commented, “I’ll tell you more after that weekend is over”.
The final races of the season are at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park September 29 and 30. Tickets are available to download for free right HERE
Photos courtesy of: Neena Channan Photography