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Hyperfest 2016 VIR BMW

HyperFest at VIR 2016

Something for Everyone

HyperFest at VIR has been the East Coast event for motorsports enthusiasts for 15 years, and this year’s event was no different. Whether you like road racing, drifting, HPDEs, karting or off-road racing, or even if you prefer car shows, camping, lawn mower racing or just spectating while celebrating your love of cars, HyperFest has something for everyone.

With VIRginia International Raceway being in our own backyard, and with our lust for all things fast, our participation goes without saying.

 

Friday – Testing & Practice Repairs

The HyperFest weekend officially starts on Friday. While most attendees who are set to compete through the weekend are  there to test and practice for the racing events, this is also the big day for the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge (UTCC) presented by Grassroots Motorsports. Since this is an all-out battle with a wide variety of cars showing up to fight for the title of Ultimate Track Car, multiple awards get handed out at the end of the day. BimmerWorld was proud to present the Fastest BMW award to Joey Atterbury in his incredibly quick widebody 135i that put down a 1:50.486, making it the third fastest car in that event.
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James Clay had the honor of piloting the “Widow Maker” GT2 with 800Hp of high-strung Porsche power. 

James drove Alex May’s 800Hp Porsche GT2 in Friday’s UTCC, and he was also the head of our small BimmerWorld team intending to use Friday to test and practice in the No. 46 BimmerWorld Spec E46. Unfortunately, we got sidelined with a transmission that needed replacing, but because BMW racers are such an incredibly generous and helpful group, we were able to find a transmission to borrow for the weekend… Only to find out the borrowed transmission would need replacement, too. That’s racer’s luck, but thanks to John Kopp from RaceWerkz in Virgina Beach and one of his very kind customers, we were able to get another transmission delivered by Friday night. Brandon and Q were able to dig in and get the working transmission installed successfully by Saturday morning.

 

Saturday – Let the Motorsports Mayhem Begin!

Saturday was off to a great start with the new-to-us transmission installed and ready to go. Well, it was almost off to a great start. If Friday’s events weren’t enough proof of how great our group of racer friends is, Saturday sure was. We quickly realized we had a bad shifter, selector rod, and selector rod joint, but we were able to borrow some parts from Sri Haputantri of Sri Racing, LLC to help get us sorted, and we were lucky to have Chad Morehead of Morehead Motor Works parked next to us in the paddock, as he was happy to lend a helping hand to get the repairs completed in time.

Cameron Evans had to miss out on Saturday’s qualifying session due to the repairs, but he did manage to slip in a quick test lap in order to make sure everything on the Spec E46 BMW 330i was working properly. Maybe that was just the pressure he needed, as Cameron started in 15th but managed to work his way up to 5th place before the checkered flag came out. James continued with Cameron’s momentum by taking a 1st-place finish later that day in the PTB class with the SE46 car.

One of the many great things about HyperFest is that there’s plenty to see and do when you’re not on track, so we managed to get a few friends together to explore the HyperFest party. We caught some of the drifting action on the Patriot Course and between turns 3, 4, and 5a when they moved to the Full Course later in the day. Plenty of tire smoke and good times.

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

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No. 46 BimmerWorld SE46 all shined up and ready to race!

Any day you don’t have to rush to replace parts on your race car is a good one, so Sunday was a great day. The weather was constantly changing from warm and sunny to cold and overcast and back again, so we were chasing down a good setup to get us the quickest lap times we could find. With James racing in SE46 and Cameron in PTB, both drivers started in P3 for the respective races. James fought his way to the front and had an incredibly tight battle with Ali Salih who squeezed in a photo-finish first place by just 0.004 of a second! Cameron fought hard in PTB, too, and was able to hold on to his starting position with a 3rd-place finish. There was plenty of on-track excitement, and it all worked out for some great racing and exciting finishes across the board.

Between all the racing, spectating, and promoting of our BimmerWorld contingency programs, we somehow managed to slip in enough time to connect with several of our customers and racer friends. Okay, maybe it was the racing that was slipped in with the socializing, but either way… We found plenty of time to do everything we love, and while there were some huge downpours of rain, the track stayed dry for all the “HyperFestivities,” so it was a great weekend all around with plenty of good times on track and off.

 

Event Gallery by James Clay

Awesome iPhone Gallery by Brandon Marshall

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BimmerWorld and Tarheel & Toe – Spring HPDE 2016

While our pro racing season has been in full swing for a couple of months now, the HPDE season has only recently started back up, and we just got back from our first great BMW CCA weekend of the year: The spring HPDE with BimmerWorld and Tarheel (& Toe) at VIR.

 

Helping build better drivers

We had a whole BimmerWorld crew head out to help at the first event of the year for BMW CCA’s Tarheel Chapter.  Along with help from HMS,  we donated a few AiM Solo units for use in Tarheel’s A-Solo program as a means to increase their learning curve. Our own Phil Wurz ensured that the students were able to both use and understand the data from one of the best tools available for increasing driver potential. It was a great success as students were picking up a lot of great info on where they could improve to maximize their time spent on track. Tarheel Chapter’s Phil Antoine was grateful for the assistance, stating, “BimmerWorld’s support of our A-Solo Program was a tremendous success. By providing AiM Solo units and a the necessary training, they were able to help us introduce data acquisition to our advanced group of students. The results were immediately obvious.”

Gary Gray not only worked registration on Friday night and early Saturday morning, he also bolted on his helmet and communicator to hop in the right seat with some students to show them where the track goes and how to use all the asphalt they were paying for over the weekend. Well, he actually had to borrow a helmet for the first time in 25 years and buy a new communicator, but you get the point. With a D student in a fully-prepped (and very loud) 2.5L E30 M3 and a B student who was significantly faster on Sunday, Gary managed to wrap up the weekend knowing he had helped some track addicts make some big improvements. He’s also been raving about his excursion to Aunt Millie’s so much that we’re thinking a company field trip for pizza and banana splits may need to happen soon.

Mike Renner BMW Performance Center M2
Mike Renner from the BMW Performance Center came out to give e-ticket rides and promote the new BMW M2.

In between all the work, we somehow managed to squeeze in a pretty good time while enjoying the Tarheel hospitality…

 

Good times on track… and off!

Phil and Brandon Marshall managed to get some time behind the wheel of our E36 325i enduro car, allowing them to shake off the cobwebs as well as discover a few small issues that developed over the off season. Those issues didn’t stop Brandon from getting bumped up to C group at his second-ever track event, eventually getting signed off to drive solo. We’re sure it was his raw talent and not just the instructor needing a break. Speaking of instructors, word has it that Phil may be adding that role to his ever-increasing driving resume soon.

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The BimmerWorld endurance car getting a workout and shaking off the winter cobwebs.

Carrie Wurz and Nick Large got into a major karting battle, but the results may go down in history as a mystery. Nick claims they both lost, Carrie says Nick is a karting wizard who can’t be beat, and based on the pain they’ve both been feeling all week, maybe they did both get beaten.

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Common question whenever Nick gets out of a kart.

BimmerWorld donated some door prizes to the Saturday night banquet, and we got to put some faces with some names and mingle a bit with new friends and old. It’s always a great weekend when you’re at a racetrack, but even better when you’re with good friends. Thanks to the BMW CCA Tarheel Chapter for hosting another great event.

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Event Gallery by Phil Wurz


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