formula motor racing

Updated Nov. 30, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Brandon Bernard, PA

2015 Champion

Event History

2001 Steve Cameron 31
2002 Mike Stachowski 47
2003 Bill Place 69
2004 Lisa Gutermuth 87
2005 Debbie Gutermuth 72
2006 Matt Evinger 73
2007 Dan Lewis 70
2008 Jordan Flawd 79
2009 Chris LeFevre 71
2010 Lisa Gutermuth 90
2011 Stefany Speck 83
2012 Sarah Vasilakos 95
2013 John Speck 105
2014 Jim Fleckenstein 106
2015 Brandon Bernard 90


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Lisa Gutermuth     WA    15     96
  2.  Brandon Bernard    PA    15     72
  3.  Sarah Vasilakos    VA    12     61
  4.  John Speck         MD    13     46
  5.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    15     42
  6.  Faith Wobbeking    MD    14     42
  7.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    14     40
  8.  Jordan Flawd       PA    09     33
  9.  Stefany Speck      MD    11     30
 10.  Forrest Speck      MD    08     30
 11.  Dan Lewis          DE    07     30
 12.  Matt Evinger       PA    06     30
 13.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    05     30
 14.  Mike Stachowski    NY    04     30
 15.  Bill Place         PA    03     30
 16.  Steve Cameron      PA    04     28
 17.  Richard Fetzer     NY    09     27
 18.  Katie McCorry      VA    07     27
 19.  Ron Wuerth         VA    04     27
 20.  Dave Welden        PA    13     24
 21.  Gary Schaefers     PA    12     24
 22.  Robbie Mitchell    VA    11     24
 23.  Mike Coomes        PA    06     22
 24.  Scott Nerney       RI    10     21
 25.  Matt Fetzer        NY    09     21
 26.  Jordan Shea        MA    10     18
 27.  Ed Bielcik         NJ    07     18
 28.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    03     18
 29.  Alan Bargender     VA    02     18
 30.  Mark Love          MD    14     16
 31.  Dan Leader         MA    13     16
 32.  Scott Saccenti     MD    12     16
 33.  Chris Janiec       PA    06     15
 34.  Jodi Folk          PA    15     12
 35.  Drew DuBoff        NJ    15     12
 36.  Chris Kizer        CA    14     12
 37.  Ashley Worley      ru    14     12
 38.  James Kendrick     uk    05     12
 39.  Devin Flawd        PA    06     12
 40.  John Shaheen       MA    11      9
 41.  Nicola Bradford    LA    10      9
 42.  Bert Schoose       IL    04      9
 43.  Mike Nagel         NJ    03      9
 44.  Bob Laird          PA    13      8
 45.  James Pei          VA    15      6
 46.  Dominic Blais      qc    11      6
 47.  Harry Flawd        PA    09      6
 48.  Pam Gutermuth      FL    08      6
 49.  Josh Ostrander     NY    05      6
 50.  Arthur Wines       PA    13      4
 51.  Dacey Collinson    MD    12      4
 52.  Carolyn Strock     PA    11      3
 53.  Shannon Keating    IN    10      3
 54.  Nick Smith         uk    08      3
 55.  Bob Titran         NY    04      3
 56.  Peter Perla        VA    03      3
 57.  Steve May          MD    01      3
 58.  Jeff Mullet        OH    01      2
 59.  Greg Mayer         MO    01      1
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Lisa Gutermuth, VA

Jodi Folk, PA

Chris LeFevre, AZ

James Pei, VA

Drew Duboff, NJ

Past Winners

Steve Cameron, PA

Mike Stachowski, NY

Bill Place, PA

Lisa Gutermuth, NC
2004, 2010

Debbie Gutermuth, TX

Matt Evinger, PA

Danny Lewis, DE

Jordan Flawd, PA

Chris LeFevre, AZ

Stefany Speck, MD

Sarah Vasilakos, VA

John Speck, MD

Jim Fleckenstein, VA

Brandon Bernard, PA

John Coussis, Peter Gathman, Adina Weiss and Carol Caler

Take That! Did the Juniors Room have an escapee?

The Master beats up on girls? Shame ...

The high faluting Finalists with their fancy cars.

Beware the Alternates ...

We had 24 preliminary races over three heats with Tuesday night being the most popular as the first heat filled ten tables. The 24 games generated the following statistics:

Minimum score for win: 29 (increase of one from 2014)
Maximum score for win: 42 (decrease of one from 2014)
Average score for win: 34.4 (increase from 34.0 in 2014)
Mininimum score for second place: 25 (increase by one from 2014)
Maximum score for second place: 38 (major increase of three from 2014)

The stats are starting to level out over the years, with the exception of the Max score for second place which was skewed by a rare 4-player game. Eight games in the preliminary were the 5-player Variety. The non-player (aka bank car) came in second once, fourth once and either fifth or sixth otherwise.

In the first heat, Dacey Collinson, on her last play of the second race, was able to successfully move her car from the ninth position to first. Jordan Shea was not so lucky as he had both of his cars crash in the first two races. The crash was not played in the third race (I wonder if he was holding it?). He won race 4 and 5, but crash did come back to knock one of his cars out in the fifth race.

The crash variant table returned in the second heat. Josh Coyle, Chris Greenfield, Shannon Keating, Jack Beckman and John Faella braved the challenge of mandatory play of the crash card. John may revise his derring do attitude next year, losing five cars in the six races.

After the third heat started, I realized I did not do the drawing for the free games GMT had provided. Since we now had prizes for the first four places in the Final, I decided that whoever got fifth and sixth would each get a game. So, if you made it to the Final, you were walking away with something to remember the day.

21 qualifiers appeared for the semifinals. The runners-up list yielded Brandon Bernard, Katie McCorry and Steve Caler as alternates so the four semi winners would advance along with the top two runners-up. The semifinals were not kind to Katie as she lost six cars. At Katie Elliot’s table, she started the semifinal by laying the Crash card as the first card to be played - knocking one of Anna Rinke and Dacey Collinson’s cars out of the race. In the second race, Dacey tried to move up her remaining car. She started in the tenth position and made it all the way to second. Then those famous words were spoken, “I will do just one more roll”. Of course, this roll failed and moved her car back to last. In the sixth race, James Pei - yes, that James Pei, was lucky enough to get the crash card. He played it only to roll his own car. Lynn Riberio and Mark love knew that feeling also as all three shot themselves in the foot.

Jodi Folk, Pei, Chris LeFevre and Brandon Bernard won their tables. Drew DuBoff qualified as the first runnerup to advance. Lisa Gutermuth and Lynn Ribeiro were tied. Lisa advanced to the last seat via tiebreaker and thereby got to use the new set of cars she provided with Chris Kizer’s elaborate track display.

It was an experienced crew that contested Round 3. Lisa, is the only two-time winner of FMR and its top-rated laurelist. GM Chris LeFevre was the 2009 champ.  James Pei is the reigning Caesar and alltime BPA laurelist. Drew was the only returning laurelist from 2014 to make the cut. Although Brandon has never won FMR, he is a frequent finalist and the fifth leading career laurelist. Moreover, as an alternate enjoying a second life, he has timing on his side. Only Jodi lacked bonafides - appearing in her very first WBC Final - thus making her the overwhelming favorite - or so the Hollywood script writers would have you believe.

The crash card made no appearance in the Final’s first race. Brandon suffered the only car loss to a Spin-out played by Chris who went on to win the first race. This is usually not recommended as it makes you an early target. Drew did well by having both his cars finish in point positions, second and fourth, for nine points. Lisa finished, third and sixth for five points. Jodi took fifth for two points.

Chris started the second race, but lost both of his cars. Jodi did not let her lack of experience intimidate her, knocking out Chris and Lisa’s cars with a Crash. Lisa had her remaining car spun to last, only to be successful at rolling it back up to second place. She did not press her luck and stopped there. Brandon won this second race, while also placing his other car in fifth. James made a strong showing in second and sixth. Lisa claimed a third and Jodi a fourth. The score was now Brandon 12, Chris 10 points, Lisa and Drew tied with 9, James 7 and Jodi 5.

The only cars lost in the third race was by crash. Drew played the crash card on himself but took Lisa with him. Brandon got his second win to increase his lead with 22 points. James came in second (13), Lisa third (13). Jodi scored both fourth and fifth(10). Chris took sixth (11). Drew was shut out and trailed with nine points.

Chris’ first play in Race 4 was the crash card. He rolled an 11 to hit unlucky Drew. Chris’ options were to have Drew crash both of his cars as his second car was in the 12 position or one of his own cars which was in the tenth position. Chris went with the first option and poor Drew was then left playing cards just to influence others in the race as both of his cars were out of commission before he even got a turn. Drew was able to spin-out one of James’ cars for his only satisfaction. Chris won fourth race, giving him a total of 21 points. Jodi finished strongly in second and third, giving her a total of 20 points. James took fourth (16). Lisa claimed the remaining point positions, fifth and sixth (16). Although Brandon did not score, he still remained in the lead with 22 points.

There was a lot of back and forth play in the fifth race. Drew tried his best to get one of his cars moved up to the lead, only to roll a blown engine instead. Chris played spin-out on Lisa. Jodi, getting the hang of this Final stuff, played the crash card as her last play, torching Chris and James. Lisa won the fifth race (26), Brandon took second and third (28), James fourth (19), Chris fifth (23) and Jodi sixth (21). Hard luck Drew was shut out again and stuck on nine points.

For such a close contest, the last race was very quiet. The crash card was not played. Drew took out one of James’ cars with a spin-out while Lisa attacked the leader as Brandon blew an engine. Drew, no longer anyone’s target, did finally have both of his cars finish. He took first and fourth (22). Brandon was unable to score but was able to stop his closest pursuers from overtaking him. He ended with 28 points to claim the 2015 FMR championship. It was a very close game with only six points separating first from last.

I would like to thank Lisa Gutermuth and Chris Kizer for their help as assistant GM’s, and to everyone who played to help make this another enjoyable year.

Double Threat

Bumper Cars anyone?

Formula Motor Racing Junior

Adam Wojtaszczyk, himself all that not far removed from his days in the junionr's room, returned there on Friday afternoon to provide a junior racing circuit for the pint-sized bumper car drivers. Well, there nat have been some encouragement involvd from his mom who runs the program. There were 28 little race drivers sans learning permits loosed on the streets of the Vistas room. The fastest of these was:

~ 1st: Andrew Freeman, age 8

~ 2nd: Aubrey Powers, age 9

~ 3rd: Shira Weiss, age 11

~ 4th: Holiday Saccenti, age 12

~ 5th: John Wobbeking, age 11

~ 6th: Ethan Shipley-Tang, age 10

GM Chris LeFevre [10th Year] NA NA

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