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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Terry Schulz, PA

2013 Champion

Event History
1991    Scott Goehring      24
1992    Mike Fitzgerald      18
1993    Chris Hancock      16
1994    Andrew House      29
1995    Lane Hess      23
1996    Trevor Bender      26
1997    Robert Kircher      25
1998    John Weber      38
1999    Kevin Keller     27
2000    Gerald Lientz     28
2001    Scott Cornett     29
2002    Lance Ribeiro     35
2003    Douglas Schulz     32
2004    John Welage     30
2005     Dennis Nicholson     37
2006    Kevin Keller     32
2007     Terry Schulz     33
2008    Gerald Lientz     24
2009     Doug Schulz     31
2010    Lane Newbury     27
2011    Tim Carnahan     29
2012    Bruce Rae     30
2013    Terry Schulz     27

PBeM Event History
2012    Doug Schulz     37


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Scott Cornett      FL    11    166
  2.  Doug Schulz        MD    13    158
  3.  Terry Schulz       PA    13    156
  4.  Kevin Keller       MD    11    107
  5.  Gerald Lientz      VA    09     81
  6.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    12     78
  7.  Lane Newbury       TX    10     66
  8.  John Welage        OH    12     64
  9.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    09     60
 10.  Bruce Rae          bc    12     56
 11.  Lance Ribeiro      NH    02     52
 12.  Jeff Cornett       FL    12     48
 13.  Don Tatum          MD    12     46
 14.  Tim Mossman        MD    13     41
 15.  Tim Carnahan       MD    11     40
 16.  John Shaheen       MA    12     34
 17.  Chris Hancock      PA    06     32
 18.  Trevor Bender      CA    02     32
 19.  Darin Morley       NC    04     26
 20.  Mike Aubuchon      PA    11     24
 21.  Seth Kirchner      KY    07     24
 22.  Robert Kircher     RI    10     21
 23.  Robert Rund        MA    13     17
 24.  Randy Needham      NJ    13     16
 25.  Lane Hess          PA    00     16
 26.  Jason O'Donnell    OH    01     13
 27.  Curt Collins II    PA    13     12
 28.  Bruno PassacantandoCT    08     12
 29.  John Sharp III     FL    06     12
 30.  Franklin Haskell   NH    03      9
 31.  Turyko Suky        it    12      8
 32.  Dan McGowan        ME    01      8
 33.  Dave Anderson      PA    00      8
 34.  Doug Galullo       MD    10      6
 35.  Guiseppe Incorpora it    12      4
 36.  James Fleckenstein VA    02      4

2013 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists:

Doug Schulz, MD

Randy Needham, NJ

Curt Collins II, PA

Robert Rund, MA

Tim Mossman, MD

Past Winners

Mike Fitzgerald, CT

Chris Hancock, NH

Andrew House, MD

Lane Hess, PA

Trevor Bender, CA

Robert Kircher, RI

John Weber, MD

Kevin Keller, MD
1999, 2006

Gerald Lientz, VA
2000, 2008

Scott Cornett, FL

Lance Ribeiro, NH

Doug Schulz, MD
2003, 2009

John Welage, OH

Dennis Nicholson, NY

Terry Schulz, PA
2007, 2013

Lane Newbury, TX

Tim Carnahan, MD

Bruce Rae, bc

Former champs Bruce Rae, Terry Schulz and Doug Schulz in what appears to be a SRO event.

Jack Beckham, Russell Harley, Jimmy Fleckenstein and Kevin Keller have good seats by the far turn.

The cars and variable tracks are still the main attraction.

 Another heat ready to start.

Third Double Champ ...

Over the course of three days, 27 different drivers attempted to qualify for the Speed Circuit Final in three heats using six different tracks. All but two of the drivers had raced at WBC previously.

The first heat featured two tight tracks with less room for overtaking. On Shanghai, this resulted in the highest bid for pole of the weekend. Robert Rund bid seven wears/skill-- twice as much as the second place bid -- but was able to convert pole position into a win. Rookie WBC driver Randy Needham moved up from eighth on the ten car starting grid to take second and also qualify. Two-time champion Kevin Keller finished third which would eventuallu suffice to make him the last driver to qualify for the Final after much sweating.

At the same time, ten cars fought for qualifying spots at Catalunya. The bids for pole were not as high and the top three bids finished in their qualifying order but Tim Mossman came up from sixth and made a dramatic forced pass to take the win away from Jim Fleckenstein. Jim did finish second to claim his spot on Sunday. Jack Beckman's third place finish would have qualified him instead of Kevin but he was unable to stay through Sunday.

Day 2 of qualifying featured tracks with longer and faster straights. At Shanghai four of the nine cars to start the race were forced to retire. Two would crash on the last lap. Jim Fleckenstein and Kevin Keller started the race in the first two rows and ran 1-2 for most of the race but both cars damaged their brakes early and they eventually gave way on Lap 3. This helped Doug Schulz rise through the pack from sixth at the start of the last lap to pass Bruce Rae with two corners to go for the win. Bruce would hold on to finish second and also qualify. Franklin Haskell's third place from ninth on the grid would fall just short of advancement.

Suzuka, while also a fast track, is more narrow then Shanghai and this resulted in one of the biggest shemozzles of the weekend. In the middle of the last lap a series of failed chance rolls and forced passes in the same corner on the same turn resulted in spins for nearly the first half of the field. John Welage would eventually emerge from the chaos to claim the win after starting ninth of ten. Greg Smith start second and held that position throughout to advance. Tim Carnahan's third place finish was not enough to advance.

The last day of qualifying saw the usual make or break driving we've come to expect during everyone's last chance to make the big race. The Saturday tracks featured long straights separated by tight corners. Mostly this day saw drivers at the front of the starting grid stay there. At Bahrain Lane Newbury and John Welage started 1-2 and held off all challengers to finish that way. Three of those failed challengers crashed in the attempt.

At Yas Marina Terry Schulz and Robert Rund started 1-2 and dueled each other at the front until Robert gave way on the last lap. Curt Collins rose from eighth on the ten car grid to finish second in his first WBC qualifying heat.

The Final field of 12 was now set and ready to contest Sepang. The qualifying bids were evenly split between drivers who bid 5 - 6.5 and those who bid half of that or less. Robert Rund took pole after winning a die roll against Jim Fleckenstein and rocketed to an early lead after the first corner. Entering the third sector of Lap 1, three drivers had significantly changed their track position: Jim had fallen back from second to fifth, Terry Schulz had improved from fifth to third, and Tim had gone from last to seventh. By the time Robert had gained the long back straight at the end of Lap 1, Terry and Greg Smith were drawing even.

After corner 2 of lap 2, Terry had passed Robert and Greg to take the lead for the first time. By the end of Lap 2 Terry had extended his lead and John Welage became the race's first DNF in a crash at the lap's last corner. At the beginning of the last lap, Lane Newbury had moved into second and began his run at the lead.

After corner 1 of the last lap, Lane had closed in on Terry and two cars in the pack made their moves. Tim Mossman took a chance, passed the pack, and moved into fourth, ready to make a run at the lead himself. Doug Schulz also made a move in corner 1, but was blocked in his pass attempt by Jim and had to hold position in the middle of the pack. Jim then made a forced pass after corner 2 to get back into third place. But Tim had moved back to third before the cars entered the tight infield section of the track. Through the in-field section we lost two more cars after Jim crashed and Kevin Keller suffered brake failure for what must have felt like the billionth time this weekend. At the second to last corner, Tim passed Lane who then damaged his brakes and spun -- dropping back to the pack. Terry and Tim were now a full turn ahead of Lane, Curt, Robert, and Doug who led the pack.

At the track's final corner, Tim took a chance roll for an opportunity to drag Terry for the championship. Tim spun instead and Terry went on to win his second WBC Speed Circuit Championship. With Tim's slow to recover car clogging the final corner, Doug outraced his competition to and through the corner to eventually finish second. With Lane's brakes giving out a corner after being damaged, Curt and Robert seemed likely to finish third and fourth until Randy Needham went 60 mph over in the last corner for two wear and a chance roll, then took a forced pass to duck in next to Curt before stealing the last place on the podium. Tim would finish sixth and Greg would finish seventh after also spinning in the final corner.

A photo album from the finals can be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/112828668160930178902/albums/5919745439187152321?authkey=CMuoy8vq6rCdOw

Terry is now the third person to win a second WBC Speed Circuit Championship (Doug and Kevin being the other two). It is also possible that this is the first time that a father and son have finished first and second in a WBC tournament (although I certainly have not checked to see if that is true). Although Randy and Curt had played Speed Circuit before, this was both of their first efforts in-person at WBC and they finished third and fourth.

 GM      Douglas Schulz  [16th Year]   NA 
    doug@lucidphoenix.com    NA

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