Round 2 of sports car racing season runs this weekend in Mission

The Sports Car Club of B.C. is gearing up for Round Two this weekend with a full program of racing at Mission Raceway Park.

The Sports Car Club of B.C. is gearing up for Round Two this weekend with a full program of racing at Mission Raceway Park.

With a large number of new cars and/or drivers comprising the approximately 100 entries for the first weekend, that momentum is expected to continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Drivers compete in two different classes of Closed Wheel (full body) or Open Wheel formula cars, and there are also groups for Vintage, Solo and Novice racers. The fastest of the cars are capable of nearly 200 km/h on the long front straight before having to brake for the hairpin Turn 1. All of that and most of the rest of the track can be seen from the large spectator grandstands. The larger fields will consist of some 30 cars, ensuring lots of wheel-to-wheel racing.

The event, sanctioned by the Conference of Autosport Car Clubs, has a complete qualifying and racing program each of Saturday and Sunday for the Closed Wheel, Open Wheel and Vintage classes, while the Solo and Novice drivers get to race on Saturday only. Following practice and qualifying each morning beginning at 9 a.m., races of 20 minutes duration (15 for the Vintage cars) commence right after lunch.

Admission fees are $10 per day, or $25 per car load. There is ample free parking and children 12 and under are free. Spectators are welcome to tour the paddock and see the cars and drivers close up. Posters are available for collecting autographs.

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