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Ironman Competition at GPNY Mt.Kisco, NY
Racing NewsTuesday, November 8th Mt Kisco’s Grand Prix NY held its latest round of Ironman competitions. As in the past there was an early “Novice” race and a late “Pro” race. The formats of each were slightly different, but the competition was fierce in both races.

The Novice race featured three different classes on the track - LMP1 (9hp Sodi) LMP2 (9hp Stratos) and GT (6.5hp Sodi). With 30 entrants, there was always someone to race with. Qualifying was a 10 minute affair and with all the traffic getting a clean lap was nearly impossible. At the end, Pro driver, Andrew Wood grabbed top spot with Rauert Peters a close second. Cory Rossi snagged third and Alex Eickebeck started fourth. Back in 10th on the grid was LMP2 pole winner, Dave Harmon who just edged Tom Caspar. In GT, Andrew Barakat earned pole honors just ahead of Yao Zhou and with Patrick Bartsiewicz third. The rules for the race were a mandatory 4 stops that could not be taken on the first or last lap. From the drop of the green there was a lot of chaos that resulted in back to back red flags being thrown. Up front, Eickelbeck was able to work his way to the point through very tough lapped traffic. He would earn the win with Andrew Wood finishing second and Rauert Peters taking the final podium spot. In LMP2, Tom Caspar quickly grabbed the lead, but was unable to hold on as pit stop miscues and a black flag ended his chances for the win. Harmon prevailed for the win, but only after Gary Proft’s kart broke a throttle cable with 15 minutes left in the event. Proft was given a new kart and came home second, 15th overall. In the GT class, League newcomer Bartsiewicz used his league skills to grab the victory over Barakat and Ryan Plaxsun.

The Pro race used a different qualifying procedure than the novice race. Each driver had one warm up lap and then 3 laps to set their fastest time. As the pro race only had the 9hp Sodis, this field was much closer on time than the novice race. Setting fast lap was League veteran Ennis Bragg with Andrew Wood close on his heels. In the race, Wood would take over point through pit stops and Ennis found himself chasing Wood through most of the final stages. At the end, Wood took the victory only .21 seconds ahead of Bragg! 18 seconds behind them, Cory Rossi came home third.

The next round of Ironman races will be held this December.

For further information visit www.gpny.com
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