Spec-D Rounds 1 and 2.May 27, 2014 02:10:27 PM 0 Comments
On the May long weekend the Blue Print Motorsports team returned to Castrol Raceway for rounds one and two the Spec – D 2014 Pro Am series. The first round, held Friday night was on the Castrol raceway road course. Ryan Brown pulled his SR20 Powered 180sx out of storage for the occasion, as his new build wasn’t quite ready for the new season.
A long winter had left the track surface clean and very slick, making the first few runs on the course very slippery for a few drivers. Ryan had a meeting with the wall coming out of the final turn in the early afternoon practice session. Nothing a few truck pulls, hammers and some choice welding couldn’t fix, as Ryan was ready to head back out on track for the second practice session
Ryan was able to drive the whole second practice, getting some good seat time in and erasing any doubts the wall hit earlier might have caused. His efforts were rewarded with an 8th spot qualifying position. With the car driving somewhat straight and the sun starting to set it was time to start the top sixteen.
In the great eight, after receiving a by run for the first round, Ryan went up against Tanner Boyne in his R32 Skyline. On his following run Tanner spun and crashed into the wall in front of Ryan. In an excellent display of driving skill Ryan was able to park his car just a bit behind Tanners to avoid any contact and advanced to the final four.
Ryan was able to keep his momentum going in the final four and went up against Drift Farm’s Kurtis Goat and his 2jz powered S13. Despite the obvious power advantage Kurtis had, Ryan went all out and managed to out run Kurtis on his lead run. It was a very close battle with the call going to Kurtis in the end. Ryan and the Blue Print Motorsports 180sx took 4th place Friday night, a personal best for Ryan.
Ryan had a chance to pull out some dents, borrow a break light from his trailer and re attach his bash bar, and he was ready to go for round two of the Spec-D Pro Am series, which happened on the following Sunday.
Sunday saw the action take place on the Castrol Raceway skid pad, removing the walls and banked turns from Fridays layout, and replacing it with a high speed entry into a nice big open space. the course finished out with an aggressive switch back towards the end. Ryan was entering as speeds well over 110 kmh in the early practice session, looking to build on his 4th place finish in round one. He was able to qualify in 9th place and would face Connor Chura in the top 16.
Both drivers had an amazing set of runs, it looked like it could go either way
In the end though the judges decided that Conner would be the one moving on to the next round. Ryan’s weekend was cut short, a bit earlier then he had planned. He was still in high spirits though, and congratulated Conner on his win. It was a great weekend for Ryan and the Blue Print Motorsports team.
Ryan currently sits in sixth place overall in the Spec-D Pro Am 2014 season standings. He is in a great position to potentially make some big moves for the season tittle. Blue Print Motorsports will be back in action for round 3 in Penticton BC July 12th, it promises to be an exciting event and is a favorite track to alot of the drivers.