August 19th – 21st
Rounds # 9 & #10 of the Skip Barber Championship Series brought Devin back to Roebling Road Raceway outside of Savannah, GA for a third time. He had his first ever experience driving a formula car there during a Skip Barber 3-day school in February, 2014. He also returned to the track in April 2015 for the final contest of the Skip Barber Winter Series. Considering he had some previous experience on the track, Devin went into the weekend confident that he could be quite competitive.
The first day of practice he was indeed fast, however experienced an unfortunate accident due to a catastrophic mechanical failure. His brakes failed going into corner #4 at about 100mph. He was able to slow the car slightly by down-shifting but due to the high speed was unable to make the turn and drove head-on into the dirt berm barrier along the track. The car suffered extensive damage but the steel structure remained intact protecting Devin from harm. Remarkably, he was uninjured and was able to jump into another car and finish out his day of practice. The following day, he came back to set the fastest lap times in practice and the next day, recorded the fastest qualifying time to put himself on pole for the 1st race. Race #1 proved to be no cake-walk, Devin was up against some tough competition with 2 of the top 3 points leaders of the series in his heat. The race turned out to be a 4 car battle throughout but Devin was patient and smart, preserving his car and being content to sit in 3rd or 4th for most of the contest. He made his move for the lead at the beginning of the last lap and maintained the top spot throughout, finishing the first race as the winner.
The following day, race #2 saw Devin starting in 4th place on the grid due to his insightful race strategy, if not the fastest lap time, the previous day. Devin had another great start but again, the race proved to be a 4 car battle to the end. This time Devin went into the last lap in 3rd place and patiently maintained his position until the last corner coming onto the last straight. He timed his move perfectly, moving to the outside coming onto the straight and the top three cars came across the finish line together with Devin taking the win by a nose.
Devin’s maturity and growth as a racer became clearly evident at Roebling Road during this event. Not only did he not let his accident on day #1 get into his head and inhibit him from driving the car to its limit, but his understanding of the necessity to preserve his equipment and the impact that smart racing strategy can have, played a big role in his success. His results this weekend not only impressed his instructors and fellow competitors, but it had a huge impact on Devin’s perspective. His confidence was boosted along with his series points standing and he looks forward to contesting his next SBRS event in Autobahn next month.