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Round 3 of the 2014 USTCC season takes us to Thunderhill Raceway in Willows California.
In the Touring Class the team of Sheehan/Arsham manage to pull out a victory in the GoGoGear.com BMW M3. Finishing in second was Mike Sekhon's BTM Motorwerks BMW M3. Making it an all BMW podium was the third place GoGogear.com BMW of Larry Bani.
In the GT class it was Daniel Akhromstev in the Red Star Racing BMW M3 who took the win followed by Brad McClure's BTM Motorwerks Porsche 911. Finishing third was the CT Engineering Honda S2000 of Andrie Hartanto.


Video coverage of the race is available here.

You can also find written coverage starting on page 85 here

Willows, CA, May 25, 2014 – The Sheehan/Arsham partnership resulted in another win in the Touring Car class with Daniel Akhromstev pulling out a dominant victory in the GT class at Thunderhill Raceway. The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) racers visited one of their favorite tracks with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) playing host to the championship.

Gary Sheehan drove three of the four GoGoGear.com/UTI/Konig Wheels race cars during the weekend to score the victory. He started out with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Sheehan managed to qualify on pole position but the car developed an intermittent electrical problem so the team was not confident that the car would be a good option for the race. Compounding the problem was that this weekend, there would be a Saturday race which would count for 25% of the points. The team elected to toss out their pole position and start out from the back of the field in their #35 BMW M3 which was to be driven by Larry Bani. Sheehan managed to finish in fifth place after starting out in the back of the field. The team spent the rest of Saturday night driving back to their base and brought back their #34 BMW M3. The car needed some work to be ready and legal and the team got the car ready for qualifying with minutes to spare on Sunday where Sheehan managed to qualify in fourth place. From there it was a matter of tuning the car to get it ready for the race. One of the crew members on the GoGoGear.com team said, “We wanted to provide the best car for Gary and we spent every minute we had to tune the car to make sure we did not have any issues in the race.”

At the start of the main race, Sheehan had a heart dropping moment as Jason Alexandridis stalled the Performance Technic BMW M3 and was almost rear ended by the BMW of Sheehan. Sheehan avoided the collision but that dropped Sheehan down a few positions and Alexandridis, who had qualified in second place, dropped down to last place. Alexandridis did not have a good race at round two at Las Vegas as he battled with a blown head gasket and was fully focused to win the round three race at Thunderhill. He would now have to regroup and start clicking some quick lap times to catch up to the front pack.

Taking full advantage of everything was Larry Bani in the AEM Infinity controlled, FSR Motorsport Creations tuned GoGoGear.com/ UTI/ Konig Wheels BMW M3 who jumped from fifth place to second place by turn one. Bani has become quite the drag racer with his launching technique and has had some superb starts in his racing career. He was followed by Curt Simmons who was substituting for the second race in a row for the injured Pete Bovenberg in the MBO Motorsport Honda Civic. Bani was in second right behind the pole sitter Mike Sekhon driving the BTM Motorwerks BMW M3. Sekhon, starting from pole position for the first time in his short USTCC career, made no errors and did a great start to lead the first lap with Bani behind.

On lap two, Bani went wide at the exit of turn five and that allowed Simmons to sneak by and take over second place. A few minutes later team orders came into play as Bani moved over to allow his teammate Sheehan who was in first place in the driver’s championship to take over third place. Sheehan passed Simmons a few laps later going into turn one and was now in second position. For the next twenty minutes Sheehan was just focused on turning some quick laps to catch Mike Sekhon who was still leading. With one lap to go the gap was down to less than a car length and Sheehan was pressuring Sekhon but Sekhon was not giving up. Finally on the last lap Sekhon missed a shift allowing Sheehan to get through at turn 11 and take the win. Sheehan was overjoyed after a very difficult weekend and said, “We were in close formation for several laps and I tried a couple of moves that didn't stick. On the last lap I got a really strong run out of 5 & 6, and was able to stay close through 8 & 9. I kept the pressure on in the braking zone in 10 and attempted to get an overlap into 11. Mike missed his downshift to 3rd entering 10 and had a brief moment of no drive at the apex, which was enough for me to get the overlap I needed. I drove deep into 11 and Mike gave me room and I was through.” “Second means work harder and get first next race,” said a very disappointed Sekhon after the race. Simmons was running in third place during most of the race but ended up running out of fuel with one lap to go which put Bani on the podium in third place in the Touring class.

 

At the press conference after the race, Sheehas summed things up by saying, “This was a race that we won based strictly on teamwork with Larry being generous enough to let me use both of his cars. It kept the team in contention and put us in a position to win the race when it could have been the worst of all results”

The USTCC teams next head out to Monterey’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for around four on June 28-29.

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January 10th, 2014, Hawthorne, CA – Driver Tyler McQuarrie piloted the Infinity ECU-tuned, Platte Forme AG BMW E46 to a new Buttonwillow Limited RWD record at the Super Lap Battle-Global Time Attack season finale. McQuarrie bested the time set by the M3 in 2012 by 2.717 seconds with a 1:48.038 lap thanks to improved tuning ability from the Infinity ECU and improved breathing thanks to a larger turbo from Garrett by Honeywell. This time was also the fastest of the day.

Read more: Infinity ECU-Tuned Platte Forme AG E46 M3 Resets Buttonwillow Limited RWD Record!

AEM Infinity Shines at 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Created on Saturday, 14 December 2013 23:48

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Infinity ECU is “Flawless” on Pure Performance BMW E46 M3 at NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill
Team Overcomes On-Track Collision to Fight from 5th to Runner-Up in Class

 

December 11th, 2013, Hawthorne, CA – The Infinity ECU-tuned, Pure Performance BMW E46 M3 faced its share of challenges at the 2013 running of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, arguably one of the largest amateur automotive endurance racing events in the U.S. The team battled from as far back as 5th place in the E0 class in the #67 E46 M3 after a mid-race collision and faulty cam angle sensor—which revealed radiator damage as it was being replaced—forced unscheduled pit stops. The team ultimately regained 26 minutes of the 46 minutes lost performing repairs to take the runner up spot in E0.

Read more: AEM Infinity Shines at 25 Hours of Thunderhill

2002 WRX Rally Wagon

Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:37

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From driver Richard Cooper: "I have competed in a ton of indoor go-karting races including the 2010 indoor karting world championships in Phoenix at f1 raceway.  I made the first round of qualifying for the red bull kart fight in 2012 at k1 raceway.  I did my first autocross at Subiefest 2012 and took 19th out of 42, then I went to DirtFish Rally school and did their 3 day course in May 2012.  I completed my first rallycross at Ridgecrest rallyschool/rallycross race in Feb 2013 and took 4th out of 19 in stock awd class, then I started the Glen Helen rallycross series in march.  I won the season opener in prep awd, and in rounds 2 and 3 for glen helen in May I took 3rd and 2nd, respectively.  Then, at the South Pacific SCCA National Rallycross Challenge I took 3rd in prep awd.  I'm still waiting on official results from Saturday, July 13, 2013 but I think I took 8th out of 27."

Richard's car is a basically stock Subaru 2002 WRX with a Cobb Accessport and FSR's dyno proven Cobb Protune.  Richard is very pleased with the tune and the increased power he gained throughout the powerband.  He even noted, "the car is so much faster now after the tune, it feels like i have to relearn the car all over again"

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