Nine different feature-race winners headlined a packed two days of competition at the Historic Sportscar Racing season-opening Spring Fling at Sebring International Raceway.
Kicking off the HSR vintage racing schedule for the fourth straight year, the HSR Spring Fling 2022 Edition featured once again the unique Wednesday through Friday weekday schedule that drew rave reviews last year.
Four feature races across the final two days accounted for nine different overall and “race-within-a-race” class battles in addition to a trio of HSR WeatherTech Sprint races for all Run Groups.
The weekend’s only feature-race repeat winner was a familiar one, Todd Treffert taking overall honors in both Thursday’s Sasco Sports International/American Challenge and Friday’s GT Classic (GTC) and Vintage class B.R.M. Chronographes Endurance Challenge one-hour race.
Treffert notched overall and Porsche-class Sasco Sports honors for the third straight year in his Speedconcepts No. 14 1974 Porsche 911 IROC Prepared by the 901 Shop. The Wisconsin native and current Florida resident then backed up the Sasco Sports sprint race win with a Friday morning overall and GTC class B.R.M. victory.
Second overall and first in the Sasco Sports American class was Jeff McKee in his unique 1964 No. 51 Ford Falcon prepared by Olthoff Racing.
The Sasco Sports International class win went to Ernie Wilding in his FAS Autosports 1995 No. 82 BMW M3 who capped a quick and competitive run into fourth place overall.
Thursday’s other feature race—the season-opening Stoner Car Care Global GT sprint—was won by Jeff Bernatovich in his 1990 No. 90 Corvette GT1.
Treffert, who also captured the 2021 B.R.M. Chronographes Endurance GTC win, was joined on this year’s endurance race winners rostrum by John Deford who scored Vintage class honors and a competitive fourth-place overall finish in his 1970 No. 57 Porsche 914/6 also prepared by the Stuart, Florida-based 901 Shop.
Friday afternoon’s B.R.M. Chronographes Endurance Challenge one-hour race for Prototype, Historic and GT Modern (GTM) cars was won overall by the 2014 No. 41 Oreca FLM09 Le Mans Prototype Challenge (PC) car co-driven by Matthew Miller and James French who took both the overall and Prototype class win with a 4.305s margin of victory.
In fourth place and just one lap shy of the Prototype top finishers was Matteo Ferrer who brought the 1976 No. 5 Porsche 935/K1 from Amalfi Racing back to victory lane. Ferrer swept both HSR Group 9 WeatherTech Sprint races in the K1 in May of 2019 at Barber Motorsports Park, and last Friday took his first endurance win in the car with the B.R.M. Historic class victory.
The GTM class victory was secured by John Ware and his grandson Carson Ware who co-drove the 2017 No. 412 Porsche 991.2 Cup to seventh overall.
The HSR Spring Fling was the lead-in event for the 44th HSR Mitty, Round 2 on the 2022 schedule, set for April 27-May 1 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. HSR will return to Sebring Nov. 30-Dec. 4 for the season-ending HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour and Sebring Historics.
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