Steven Bradley, Winnipeg, MB (January 16) The Dirt Report has always aimed to promote competitive, grass-roots racing – filling the gap in local motorsports news that mainstream media usually skips over. Over the last 5 years we have published articles from multiple reporters, all of which have helped The Dirt Report build the audience it has. Although our readership increases with every article, our biggest weakness has been the off-season – those long, silent winter months when not much happens. But that is about to change!
We are excited to announce a partnership between The Dirt Report and the Winnipeg Sports Car Club. Effective January 24, The Dirt Report will cover the WSCC’s touring Ice Racing Series.
The Winnipeg Sports Car Club was founded in 1952 and has a very rich history of promoting sports car, rally and ice racing – making the organization one of Canada’s longest standing motorsports clubs.
Our interest in the WSCC peaked this fall after seeing more drivers using our climate to race on dirt in the summer, and ice in the winter. We learned that with very minimal additions to a 4 Cylinder dirt stock Car (ie. tires, lights and windshield), you can easily turn laps on a course carved out of ice and snow. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain some seat time before you transition into any summer racing series. We have witnessed the on-track success of drivers who have raced in both series, be it on dirt of pavement.
Classes in the Ice racing Series are mainly divided by tire selection; Rubber to Ice and Studded. Obviously, the Studded tire class has more grip which creates higher speeds and faster lap times. The WSCC is now looking at adding a V8 Pure Stock Studded class if enough interest exists.
Along with sharpening you skills and added seat time, WSCC is also known for promoting sportsmanship, clean racing, respect and comradery between all of their members – elements often missing in other types of competitive racing.
The 2015 WSCC Ice Racing Series schedule is as follows;
January 10 – Mazenod Road – Test and Tune, Hotlaps, Qualifying
January 11 – Mazenod Road – Racing at 9AM
January 24 – Murdock Road Water Ski Pond – Test and Tune, Hotlaps
January 25 – Murdock Road Water Ski Pond – Racing at 9AM
February 7 – Mazenod Road – Test and Tune, Hotlaps
February 8 – Mazenod Road – Racing at 9AM
February 14 – Murdock Road Water Ski Pond – Test and Tune, Hotlaps
February 15 – Murdock Road Water Ski Pond – Racing at 9AM
March 7 and 8 – Gimli Ice Festival Double Header
Season Finale – Racing starts at 9AM both days
For more information on the Winnipeg Sports Car Club, the Ice Racing Series, or how to become a member, visit them online at www.wscc.mb.ca
Stay tuned for regular reports breaking from the Ice Racing scene.