Busy Weekend For Strachan
The Friday stock car debut ended abruptly for Prince Edward County racer Malcolm Strachan. Strachan did the first warm-up session, leaving car owner Kirk Mowat amazed at his immediate quick pace on the 3/8 mile Kawartha Speedway. With new tires, the "rookie" set out for his second practice session, only to have an engine failure after three laps. Mowat, suitably impressed with the road-racer's immediate speed, is anxious to have Strachan back behind the wheel as soon as schedules allow.
Strachan's hectic schedule swung into high gear, returning to Picton to load the Mobil-1 Corvette for Shannonville's Trillium Trophy Races. Having been a previous winner of this historic event, Strachan was confident the Corvette could carry him again to victory lane.
Qualifying showed Strachan at the top of the list with a blistering lap of 1:07.1, a full second ahead of the Viper Competition Coupe of Nick Majors and the rapid BMW M3 of Mike Boekdrukker. Saturday's race, the first of three on the weekend, had Strachan heading for a flag-to-flag victory, with a substantial lead over Boekdrukker and Majors.
Although Strachan was not running for the Ontario championship, he had shaken up the regular competitors. Having missed two rounds, he was still moving close to third in the series points with the dominant weekend at Mosport and the win in the first race at Shannonville.
Sunday was hot and clear as the big GT class Vipers, Corvettes, Porsches and BMWs lined up for race two. Streaking off into the lead again, Strachan was a sure bet for win two of the weekend when a computer glitch shut the car off without warning. He was able to re-fire the Corvette only to have a differential failure as he attempted to rejoin the race. Mike Boekdrukker took the win ahead of Nick Majors in both race two and race three.
The Unlimited GT cars will be at Mosport International Raceway on the August 12th weekend for the Canadian Touring Trophy Races.