The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Malcolm Strachan's Konica Corvette barely makes it
through the 2004 season
The final race of the Ontario Championship Season at
Mosport International Raceway once again saw a huge
field of GT cars with 54 competitors registered.
Qualifying took place under near monsoon conditions
on Saturday morning. Malcolm Strachan literally left his
competitors in his wake, taking pole position by a margin
of nine seconds.
The first GT race took place Saturday afternoon with
everyone starting on rain tires except for Strachan
who decided on slicks as the skies lightened and blue
could be seen. With 54 race cars and a stiff wind,
Strachan felt the track would dry quickly.
Lap one saw the Konica Corvette fall back to 7th
while things got even worse on lap two. Strachan's
rear brakes locked up on the slippery track and put
the Corvette nose first into the tire barrier at
Strachan, with his car in tatters regained the
track, and two laps later, the damaged hood flew off
on the Andretti Straight. Soldiering on, the battered
Corvette picked off one car after another on the
rapidly drying track, taking the checkered flag and
first place points.
With the Saturday win in hand, the repairs started
and weren't finished until Sunday morning.
Looking like a demolition derby survivor, the
Corvette started Sunday's race still with the
underpowered "loaner" motor and the tired
Tor Kruger quickly took the lead, with Strachan and
Jay Fieger battling hammer and tong for the entire
race. Fieger would lead up the back straight, Strachan
would pass on the corners. Numerous position changes later and after
side-to-side contact at 100 mph plus, Strachan held on
to finish second.
The ugly Corvette, now with rubber marks gracing the
entire side, finished the season with nine wins and
seven second lace finishes.
After missing the first three weekends of the
season, Strachan clambered back to second in the
Ontario Championship racing season.