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BRE GOES EAST - 1970


 

PRESS CUTTING FROM THE
DANVILLE BEE, APRIL 1970

BRE at VIR, April 1970

An all-out effort to win the Pacific Coast Divisional Championship and a chance  to report as National Champions has carried the BRE racing team of Pete Brock from California to Danville to run in tomorrow's SCCA National Points Races at Virginia International Raceway.

Brock's entry, a BRE-Datsun 2000 will run in tomorrow's C Production race at VIR, with driver John Morton behind the wheel. The entry will be sponsored locally by Swanson Motors.

Champions in the Southern Pacific Division last year, Brock's Datsun team is currently tied for the points lead in the current season with the factory Porsche team. The factory Triumph team is placed third. The Datsuns set the lap record at every circuit in 1969, and have enjoyed a successful season this year after winning last year's title.

Any hope of continued success will depend on how fast the team adapts to the unfamiliar VIR circuit. Brock has never seen the course and Morton has never driven it. The team arrived in Danville yesterday and hope to get a look at the track before practice and qualifying today.

"This is an important race for us" commented Brock.  "We would not come all the way from California if it wasn't. Only three C Production cars can qualify from our division to compete in the national championships at Dallas, Texas* in November. There are five cars going for the three spots, including two factory Porsches and two factory Triumphs, along with us. A team's six best performances in the season count toward the divisional championship and two of these can be outside the division....our reason for coming to VIR".

While on the East Coast the Brock Team will compete in races at Pocono, Pa., Savannah, Ga., Cumberland, Md., and St Louis, Mo, before heading back home to race at Riverside.

Brock feels his competition at VIR will come from a strong field that includes Peter Gregg of the factory Porsche team in his 911 Porsche. Other contenders  include Jim Fitzgerald in a Datsun 2000, Jim McCashin in a TR-6 Triumph, Bruce Jennings in a Porsche and Bill Wier in a Lotus Elan. Wier holds the current lap record in C Production at VIR.

"Right now they have us scheduled in the same race as A and B Production cars and it should make for a good race because we've been beating the Corvettes, Mustangs and Cobras every time out with our little 2-litre Datsuns".

"A win here would put us in the lead in our division and put us in a good position to make the big shoot-out in Dallas in November. We've come a long way for this race and we hope to make our trip worthwhile".

*The Nationals were scheduled for Dallas International Motor Speedway at Lewisville, Texas, which had been opened in 1969, but the SCCA later elected to hold them at Road Atlanta, which was to become the home of the runoffs for many years.

Note:- In practice for the above race Morton's 2000 blew a head gasket. Jim 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald kindly stepped in and gave the team a spare. In the race Morton was competing against Fitzy who had already won the D Production race the day before. Fitzy was running his old 2000 (which he had sold to Linda Sharp) in C Production. He led allcomers by some distance until he span in oil, which had been dumped by a Lotus, and ran into a field. Morton, running second, followed suit at the same spot, leaving victory to Peter Gregg in a factory Porsche. Better was later to come from the BRE's trip East, and the runoffs beckoned.


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