HSR’s 2018 Mitty Called One of the Most Competitive Ever

Braselton, GA — Alex McDowell drove the only Skyline in a field of more than 40 cars in the April 28 Nissan/Datsun feature race at the HSR Mitty presented by Hagerty and claimed victory with his 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R C10 in the showcase contest.
Alex McDowell’s Skyline GT-R. Photo: Patrick Tremblay

Nissan/Datsun was the featured marque of the 41st HSR Mitty, opening the door for Nissan Skyline and Infiniti race cars to join the celebration.

A strong entry of Datsun 510s added to the high-speed mix with competitors vying for special 510 class honors in the overall Nissan/Datsun feature race. Ron Branom raced to an impressive ninth-place overall finish in his 1971 Datsun 510 — the only 510 in the top 10 — and took home first-place class honors.
Grand Marshal and Datsun racing legend John Morton didn’t just preside over The Mitty but also drove his 1970 No. 46 BRE Datsun 240Z to a 3rd-place showing in Saturday’s Group 3A WeatherTech Sprint.
Other feature race winners at The Mitty included Gary Moore, who took overall and American-class honors in the SascoSports International/American Challenge Race B (for small-bore machines of Groups 2 and 3). The International division of the SascoSports race saw Bob Summerour come home first in his 1973 BMW CSL.
The Mitty also hosted the season-opening rounds of the popular HSR Global GT and HSR Classic RS Cup racing series. Inaugural 2016 Global GT Champion Jonathon Ziegelman made yet another trip to the top step of the podium Saturday with his win in the KMW Motorsports 2007 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup.
Josh Simpson became the first repeat feature race winner of the weekend with a victory in Saturday’s Classic RS Cup race in the Simpson Motorsports 1973 Porsche 911 RSR. Simpson’s first win of the weekend came in Friday’s B.R.M. Chronographes Classic GT Enduro Challenge race.
The competitors in the guest Formula Junior run group ran their first of two feature races on Saturday and the sprint was won by Robert Hoemke in his 1962 Cooper T59.
A 40-car field for Sunday’s B.R.M. Endurance Challenge for the vintage classes featured close competition before Jamie Busby and Kevin Wheeler gradually built a lead they wouldn’t lose in the closing stages of the race. Wheeler drove the winning KMW Motorsports 1970 Porsche 914/6 across the finish line to lead an all-Porsche podium.
The overall and Prototype Modern win went to John Reisman in his ex-Whelen Engineering 2010 Coyote Corvette Daytona Prototype prepared by Hudson Historics. The B.R.M. Historic Prototype class went to Jim Farley in his 1978 Lola T298 prepared by RM Motorsports.
The B.R.M. GT Modern class win went to the familiar driver pairing of Linden Burnstein and Jonathon Ziegelman in Burnstein’s KMW Motorsports 1997 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup.
–Thanks and appreciation to Adam Saal for providing race recaps on behalf of HSR.