WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee Finishes 1st in Round 10 and 2ndin Round 11 in the 2021 SARRC Championship series at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
July 24-25, 2021 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia
Round’s 10 and 11 of the 2021 SARRC Championship series was held at Virginia International Raceway and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee would finish first in race one and second in race two. Qualifying for the weekend would start Saturday morning with the quickest time in either qualifying or the race setting the grid for race two. Phee would end up qualifying seventh overall and second in class in the mixed group session. “This was the first race in 2021 and it took me a few laps to get comfortable in the car, but I managed to get withing one second of the lead IT car and was 3.4 seconds ahead of the third place car” said Phee. In the Saturday afternoon race Phee would start seventh on the grid but would get a great start when the pole sitting Porsche missed a gear causing the front rows to check up. Phee would go into turn one in second overall and would hold onto second for the first two laps. At the start of lap three the more powerful Corvettes and Camaros would get by dropping Phee to fourth overall but still in the ITS lead. Phee would hold onto the ITS lead until he got into lapped traffic which allowed the second place ITS car to close the gap. On lap five of the 12 lap race Phee would drop into second but stay glued to the bumper of the first place Mustang. On lap nine Phee would make his move back into first and would hold the lead all the way to the checkers.The Sunday race grid would have Phee lining up fourth overall and third in ITS. Phee would get another great start and briefly get into the lead prior to turn one, however he was on the outside and slotted into second behind Jeff Giordano’s Mustang. The Mustang would pull a four second gap by lap six.Phee would bide his time knowing that the Mustang would use up his rear tires and would get into lapped traffic by lap seven. Sure enough on lap seven Phee started to close in on the first place Mustang. By lap 12 oof the 14 lap race Phee was right on the Mustang’s bumper.Phee would make several attempts to get by the Mustang, but couldn’t make the pass stick. It was a close finish at the end with Phee coming up .3 seconds short of the win. “Once I caught back up, I could see that the Mustang was struggling for rear grip. I got alongside in a couple of the turns but the Mustang had better torque out of the corners. I felt like if we had a couple more laps I could have gotten by, but the race ended on lap 14 and I ended up second” said Phee. The next race is scheduled for July 24-25, 2021 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photo’s courtesy of F&S Enterprises Photography: http://www.fandsenterprises.com/
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee Dominates Rounds 14 and 15 in the 2021 SARRC Championship series at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.Round’s 14 and 15 of the 2021 SARRC Championship series was held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee would dominate the weekend with a pole position, fast lap, leading every lap and finishing first in both races. Qualifying for the weekend would start Saturday morning with the quickest time in either qualifying or the race setting the grid for race two. Phee would end up qualifying on pole by nearly one second over the second place Miata of Bruce Anderson. “The weekend was very hot and humid and I was fortunate to get a good lap in early in the session” said Phee.In the Saturday afternoon race Phee would lead the pack into turn one and never look back. “I got a great start and put some time between me and the second-place car but once I got into traffic, he started to reel me in a bit” said Phee. “He was better on the brakes and in the turns but I knew my TSX had the power down the straight”.Phee would lead every lap and finish nearly one second ahead of the second place Miata. “I knew he was there but I managed to hold him off at the finish”.Sunday race grid would have Phee lining up in pole position and he would get another great start, lead the pack into turn one and lead every lap for the second day in a row. Phee would steadily pull away and finish in first with a 4.4 second gap to the second-place car.“Both races were fairly uneventful although Bruce kept me honest in race one on Saturday. In the Sunday race I managed to slowly pull a gap and maintain it to the finish. The next race is scheduled for August 7-8, 2021 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photo’s courtesy of Pepper Bowe Photography