August 18, 2019 - Summit Point, WV – The "Ironman" of ASRA Team Challenge Lloyd Bayley (LB Sports) did it again at Summit Point Motorsports Park, riding the complete 200 miles by himself and dominating the field of 27 teams. Bayley, piloting his BMW S1000RR, proved his nickname by lapping the entire grid by lap 64 of the 100 lap contest and holding on to that advantage at the checkered flag.
Both the Overall and GTO podium was the same "usual suspects" with the Grease Monkey Racing BMW (Stephen Hoffman, Eric Helmbach) the only team after lap 35 to pressure LB Sports by staying on the lead lap until lap 64 and then running with the leader to the finish. This left the Jinba Ittai Yamaha (Joel Lenk) circulating in a lonely third position 2-laps down to the leader and 2 laps up on fourth place Barry Motorsports (Jim Barry). The solid second place finish by GMR moved them into the Overall Championship lead by 2-points over Jinba Attai with three races left in the season. For the GTO Championship, GMR enjoys a 10-point lead over Jinba Attai after the fifth round of the season.
After starting the race strong in the lead of the GTU class, Coleman Powersports (Greg L'Heureux, George Federlin, Tommy Wilson, Dean Smith) gave up the lead to Birch Racing (Dorsey DJ Birch, Chris Rodriguez, Richard O’Hare) then Hazardous Racing (Pat Bracelin, RJ Wade, Chet Finkbeiner, William Moore Jr) took over on lap 90 to take the win for the class. On the podium it was Hazardous Racing with Coleman Powersports in second and Birch Racing in third. Defending GTU National Champions National Granite (Norman Pomerleau, Gene Buonomo) leave Summit Point with a15-point lead over former GTU champions Fast Lane Racing (Rick Beggs, Jason Gibbens, Bradley Moser) in the chase for the championship.
In another dominating race, the LWTRacer Team (Sam Wiest, Sean Dougherty, Tyler Humphreys) led the GTL entrants from the green to the checkered to finish 2-laps ahead of second place Monkey Business (Anthony Sabbatino, Erick Davis, Justin Riley). Monkey Business was able to gap the third place Team 101 (Doug Stufflebeam, Mark Evry) by a similar 2-lap margin, showing a little strength of their own. Team 101 stretched their GTL National Championship points lead to 14 over Ready to Rip (Billy Pedro, Ryne Snooks, Tyler Hicks, Edward Kaye) with just 3 rounds remaining in the chase.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Championship Presented by Michelin Tire is September 14-15 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.
Kershaw, SC, April 14 - After top 5 finishes in Round 1 of the ASRA Team Challenge at Homestead/Miami in February, teams Jinba Ittai Motorsport (Joel Lenk), Grease Monkey Racing (Eric Helmbach/Stephen Hoffman) and #1 plate holder, LB Sport (Lloyd Bayley) descended on Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend to continue the scuffle to top the Team Challenge standings. The weather for the start hovered around 70 degrees with an eminent threat of rain. This might have deterred another kind of riders, but these steely-eyed motor men were eager for the challenge.
The course was clear and dry at 12:05 PM when the grid rolled off to form the start. Joel Lenk got the hole shot at the green flag with Barry Motorsports (James Barry) and Stephen Hoffman in tow down toward turn one. By lap two the Coleman Powersports Yamaha R6 (Greg L’Heureux/George Federlin/Tommy Wilson Jr.) was running second and J&J Performance (Jason Farrell) was third.
On lap two Farrell had taken second place to Lenk. Coleman lay third followed by Ol Boys Racing (Julio Valette/Paul Guy/Gabriel Wingard) and Fast Lane Racing (Rick Beggs/Jason Gibbons/Bradley Moser). Bayley had moved through the pack up to sixth with Helmbach seventh and Barry eighth. Farrell was out front on lap three and the order remained the same for five laps as a light rain started. Farrell and Lenk battled back and forth for the lead until lap 17, when Farrell pulled into the pits for a failing front brake system. The team worked on the malfunction for four laps, but to no avail and rolled the entry to the paddock for a permanent retirement.
With Joel Lenk out front, Lloyd Bayley was up to fourth place by lap 16, and 3rd place two laps later. The complexion of the race changed with a red flag on lap 21 when the Coleman Powersports entry went down in front of Bayley and the Ol Boys. On the restart Eric Helmbach took the helm of the grease Monkey entry and put the big BMW out front in short order. Lenk was second and Bayley third. Ol Boys, Fast Lane and Barry trailed. Two laps later Bayley’s Kawasaki was in second and as he started multi-lap charge toward the Grease Monkey BMW.
After five laps patiently following Helmbach, Bayley made his move and opened a half-second per lap gap. By lap 41 the gap had stabilized at two seconds. There were a few late pitstops and the top riders briefly changed positions, Jim Barry briefly inheriting the lead while Bayley, then Helmbach returned from the pits. By lap 53 Bayley was back out front and things looked certain for Lloyd Bayley. He had the pace. But this is racing, and there was not enough luck in Lloyd Bayley’s account to finish on top. On the penultimate lap Bayley was charging down the back strait when the ZX10R lost power, cut out and died leaving Bayley trackside to watch Joel Lenk take the win, Jim Barry the runner up slot and Eric Helmbach round out the podium.