Race 1 of the Appalachian Region Winter Sim League held at club sponsor The Track at Asheville, started like 2022 finished with Michael Delaguardia leading the Championship, Sean McDonald in 2ndand David Wells in 3rd.  Tad Dixon, driving as a reserve for Tim Gallagher was new to the series this year and is currently holding down fourth place in the championship.

The new format this year features a 10-minute warm-up, followed by two twenty-minute races. All races this year will feature the Porsche GT4.  This first race was at Barber Motorsports Park.

Qualifying saw Michael Delaguardia on pole with Sean McDonald, David Wells and Greg Carder (reserve for Scott Rowbotham) in the first two rows.  Race One finished with the front two rows in places one – four with Mike retaining the lead while David, Sean and Greg swapped places.

Race two saw Sean McDonald getting the better of Michael Delaguardia for first place and David Wells in third.  Dan Dazzo jumped up to fourth place. Race one third place winner Greg Carder and last year’s overall third place finisher (tied with David Wells), ran into trouble and tumbled down the finishing order.

The final championship points after the Barber Motorsports Park round is calculated by adding points from race one and race two.   It will be interesting to see what happens to the standings as both reserve drivers Tad Dixon and Greg Carder will not be driving for Tim Gallagher and Scott Rowbotham respectfully, so will we see Dan Dazzo and David Butler climb in the standings?

The next race is February 18 at Road Atlanta run at The Track at Asheville facility.  If you would like to try Sim Racing on your own, The Track is an Appalachian Region sponsor.  Appalachian Region members receive a $5 discount on hot laps when using code AR-PCA22 when purchasing track time.  The Track at Asheville is located at 9 Reed Street, Asheville.  For more info, click this link.

Thank you The Track at Asheville for hosting the Appalachian Region. 

Jim Moore – Appalachian Region President