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Schofield and Spicer Split Trois-Rivieres SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer Ford Doubleheader


Aug. 7, 2011 - TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada - Brian Schofield, of Lakeland, Fla., picked up his second victory of the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer Ford season and moved into the series points leader and Richard Spicer, of Laurel, Md., took his series-leading third win in a doubleheader at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

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Brian Schofield (No. 61) took over the Pro SRF points lead with a victory and a second-place finish at Trois-Rivieres. Credit:  Matthew Boyce/SCCA

In the first race of the GP3R doubleheader on Friday evening, Spicer went in search of a series-leading third victory and got off to a good start by putting his No. 65 Spicer Race Engines/Hagerman RacEngineering SRF on the pole position. Spicer and Schofield had a close battle early on in the race, but Spicer would pull away into a healthy lead.


Unfortunately for Spicer, his lead was erased by a full-course caution, and a mechanical problem on Lap 15 of the 21-lap race removed him from contention. That gave the lead back to Schofield, who wasn't challenged over the remaining laps and went on to win by 0.369 seconds over Bruce Myers, of Portsmouth, N.H. It was Schofield's second victory of the season in the No. 61 PM Racing SRF. 


"Rich and I had a good first three or four laps and then I made an error," Schofield said. "I actually missed a gear, which gave him a gap and I knew there was no way I could close up on him, so I was just running my laps. Then, when the full-course (caution) came out, I said, 'Well, here's my chance.' He ended up having mechanical problems. PM Racing took the win today on my birthday, so it's special. 


"It's phenomenal. We made a long trip from Florida. It took 30 hours to get here and it was well worth the trip. We'll come back in a heartbeat. It was a great, great finish."


Jean-Luc Liverato, of Alpharetta, Ga., came home third in the No. 8 Expanded Technologies Inc./PM Racing/8-Ball Racing SRF, followed by Simon Dion-Viens, of St-Joseph de Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada in the No. 17 machine. Dion-Viens charged all the way from the rear of the 21-car field to finish fourth. Tom Riley, of New Fairfield, Conn., finished fifth in the No. 11 TRAC Consulting SRF.


Spicer again started from the pole position in the second Pro SRF race of the weekend on Sunday morning with Schofield alongside, and this time it was Schofield who got the jump to take the lead heading into the first turn. The two drivers would battle back and fourth throughout the race before Spicer finally took over the point on Lap 12 of what would be a 17-lap affair. 


Shortly thereafter, Carl Harris, of Houston, Texas, made heavy contact with the outside wall at Turn 10 in the No. 49 Four Seasons Radiator SRF, bringing out a full-course caution and the race was not restarted. As a result, Spicer picked up his third victory of the season after taking one at each of the season's previous two doubleheaders at Virginia International Raceway and Mosport International Raceway in May. 


"The mechanical issue (on Friday) was unfortunate," Spicer said after his Sunday morning victory. "I thought we had a pretty good hold on that race, but stuff like that happens. This was a great, exciting race. I hope the fans loved it. I did my best to get Brian on the start because that outside line down into (Turn) 1 has got a lot of grip on the outside and it puts you on the inside for 2. He got by me and I was just biding my time. I waited for a little bobble here and there and I got by him. Then, I think I made a bobble and he got back by me. It was just a great win. I got him coming out of 2 going into the arch (Turn 3). I just put my head down. It's unfortunate it ended under yellow, because I think it would have been a really exciting finish."


Schofield held on to finish second and moved into the series points lead after three of the season's five doubleheader weekends. He leads Spicer by 42 points, 711-669. Liverato again finished third, followed by Dion-Viens in fourth. Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pa., completed the top five in the No. 81 Dinosaur Racing SRF.


Harris was transported to a local hospital following the race in stable condition with a broken left ankle. He was expected to undergo surgery and will remain at the hospital for observation.


Next up for the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer Ford Series is a doubleheader at Brainerd International Raceway on Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4.


TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Results from Friday's 21-lap, 31.941-mile SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer Ford Round 5 race, part of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out (if any).


1. (2) Brian Schofield, Lakeland, Fla., SRF, 21.
2. (3) Bruce Myers, Portsmouth, N.H., SRF, 21.
3. (4) Jean-Luc Liverato, Alpharetta, Ga., SRF, 21.
4. (21) Simon Dion-Viens, St. Joseph Kamouraska, Quebec, SRF, 21.
5. (5) Tom Riley, New Fairfield, Conn., SRF, 21.
6. (13) Herb Sweeney IV, Somerville, Mass., SRF, 21.
7. (8) Jeffrey Lehner, Johnstown, N.Y., SRF, 21.
8. (10) Mark Vultaggio, Swiftwater, Pa., SRF, 21.
9. (15) Robert Reed, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., SRF, 21.
10. (7) Frank Vultaggio, Apalachin, N.Y., SRF, 21.
11. (12) Chris Current, Silver Springs, Md., SRF, 21.
12. (11) Michael Hausknecht, Rochester, N.Y., SRF, 21.
13. (18) Niki Ruman Skinner, Washington, D.C., SRF, 21.
14. (17) Steve Introne, North Attleboro, Mass., SRF, 21.
15. (16) Tom Brown, Norwalk, Conn., SRF, 21.
16. (20) Michel Prevost, Montréal, Quebec, SRF, 21.
17. (1) Richard Spicer, Laurel, Md., SRF, 15, n.a.
18. (9) Patrick Stringer, Ballston Spa, N.Y., SRF, 15, n.a.
19. (6) Carl Harris, Houston, Texas, SRF, 14, n.a.
20. (14) Jeffery Swann, Leominster, Mass., SRF, 11, n.a.
21. (19) John Michael Marks, Melbourne, Fla., SRF, 7, n.a.


Time of race: 30 minutes, 44.631 seconds.
Average speed: 62.336 mph
Margin of victory: .389 Seconds


Lap leaders: Laps 1-1, #61 Brian Schofield; laps 2-14, #65 Richard Spicer; laps 15-21, #61 Brian Schofield


Fastest race lap: #65 Richard Spicer, 1:16.681 (71.407 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #65 Richard Spicer, 1:16.720 (71.371 mph)


TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada - Results from Sunday's 17-lap, 25.857-mile SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer Ford Round 6 race, part of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out (if any).


1. (1) Richard Spicer, Laurel, Md., SRF, 17.
2. (2) Brian Schofield, Lakeland, Fla., SRF, 17, -1.189.
3. (5) Jean-Luc Liverato, Alpharetta, Ga., SRF, 17, -5.116.
4. (4) Simon Dion-Viens, St. Joseph Kamouraska, Quebec, SRF, 17, -6.227.
5. (11) Mark Vultaggio, Swiftwater, Pa., SRF, 17, -7.578.
6. (7) Jeffrey Lehner, Johnstown, N.Y., SRF, 17, -8.651.
7. (10) Robert Reed, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., SRF, 17, -10.004.
8. (8) Chris Current, Silver Springs, Md., SRF, 17, -11.616.
9. (16) Frank Vultaggio, Apalachin, N.Y., SRF, 17, -12.598.
10. (17) Patrick Stringer, Ballston Spa, N.Y., SRF, 17, -13.213.
11. (13) Herb Sweeney IV, Somerville, Mass., SRF, 17, -15.140.
12. (9) Michael Hausknecht, Rochester, N.Y., SRF, 17, -16.453.
13. (15) Jeffery Swann, Leominster, Mass., SRF, 17, -17.417.
14. (14) Niki Ruman Skinner, Washington, D.C., SRF, 17, -18.623.
15. (3) Bruce Myers, Portsmouth, N.H., SRF, 17, -19.956.
16. (18) Tom Brown, Norwalk, Conn., SRF, 17, -20.635.
17. (21) John Michael Marks, Melbourne, Fla., SRF, 17, -21.474.
18. (19) Michel Prevost, Montréal, Quebec, SRF, 16, -1 lap.
19. (12) Carl Harris, Houston, Texas, SRF, 12, Crash.
20. (6) Tom Riley, New Fairfield, Conn., SRF, 7, Crash.
21. (20) Steve Introne, North Attleboro, Mass., SRF, 0.


Time of race: 24 minutes, 59.120 seconds.
Average speed: 62.093 mph
Margin of victory: 1.189 Seconds


Lap leaders: Laps 1-5, #61 Brian Schofield; laps 6-10, #65 Richard Spicer; laps 11-11, #61 Brian Schofield; laps 12-17, #65 Richard Spicer


Fastest race lap: #61 Brian Schofield, 1:16.457 (71.616 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #65 Richard Spicer, 1:16.463 (71.611 mph)


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