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D.T.O. Podiums In Class And A Top Five Finish In CMRA’s 8 Hours Of Texas Endurance Race

The D.T.O. team of Craig Montgomery, Chris Sarbora, Tim Hines, Hunter Coffin, and William Renville took a third place finish in C Superbike and fifth overall at Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association’s (CMRA) 8 Hours Of Texas Endurance race this past Saturday, March 23, at the Texas World Speedway course in College Station, Texas. 

The race had a combined grid of 35 teams, with classes including A Superbike, C Superbike, Formula 2, and Modern Classic Endurance.

This was the first race for the team, and the first weekend that they had all ridden together, as the riders are from different parts of the country and race with different clubs. Montgomery lives in Dallas and races with CMRA. Sarbora hails from Seattle, WA, and competes in the Isle of Man TT. Hines comes from North Dakota and races with WERA. Coffin is from California, and raced with WERA West and AMA. Renville is from Austin, has a motocross background, and races with CMRA. The Friday practice day was also the first time over half the team had ever seen Texas World Speedway, and they had to acclimate quickly.

On Saturday, with overcast skies and cool temperatures, the team gridded up on a Dunlop-shod Superstock Yamaha YZF-R6. Montgomery took the start for the team and set down a blistering pace for the first hour, running a fast lap of 1:50.223, and putting the team in fifth place overall. After a quick fuel stop and rider change at minute 51, Sarbora was next on the bike, riding consistent 1:52′s for the next hour in the race. The third stop was a fuel stop with a rider change, and Hines was next. Then it was Coffin’s turn running consistent laps, and at the 40 minute mark of his stint, there was pit stop for the first rear tire change, fuel, and rider swap.

Running a stock tank on the bike meant pitting just shy of an hour, as the fuel light came on at the 47 minute mark, and the rider was brought in at minute 51. Even with efficient stops, running against teams with bigger tanks meant more pit ins. So after the tire change, the team had slipped to ninth. Renville went out next, running his 51 minute leg, and holding on to ninth place. He handed back off to Montgomery after a fuel stop, and Montgomery went out, turned fast laps again for his stint, pulling the team back into seventh overall. Hines was next and held onto seventh place with a fading rear tire. Renville was up next, and was brought in at the 40 minute mark of his leg for the final tire change and rider swap. Sarbora went out last, riding a one hour fifteen minute leg, with a fuel stop at minute 51.

The last thirty minutes of the race was a nail biter, as the leaders teams came in for their final pit stops, and D.T.O. had pulled into sixth place and was gaining ground on fifth. As the final laps wound down, Sarbora put his head down and rode the team back into fifth overall, and a podium in C Superbike.

Team owner Shandra Crawford said, ” This was a great finish for the team, especially since we haven’t been able to practice together. This was the first time the entire team met. Not only was distance a challenge, but there were other factors for the team to overcome as well. This was Hunter and Chris’s first weekend back racing after a long hiatus due to injuries from crashes last season. William has just started road racing and has never raced a 600 before. Tim has also had a long winter break, and this was his first weekend doing endurance. We had good stints, our pit stops were good, and I think we jelled well as a team. I think one of the factors we were able to do well was I had a good lead rider. Craig is so solid at this track, and he set a great pace to follow.

“Another thing that really helped the other riders was our team coach, Zac Chapman. He gave us really good insight on some of the tricky areas of the track, and how to get the best speed coming out of some of the key corners. The coaching between riding legs really helped too. On Friday, Shea Fouchek worked with the guys at the practice day, showing them lines and working with them individually. I think both of those things really helped with lap times. My pit crew was awesome too, Danny Coffin did the fuel, Michelle Coffin was the fire extinguisher, Jason Renville was the tire guy, and Luke Judy ran the pit board. I really appreciate all their hard work this weekend, because a good crew is very important to have a smooth running team.

“We did the entire race on the same Dunlop front, and we used three Dunlop tires on the rear. They held up great and gripped well. I need to thank David Roy from North Texas Superbikes for the set up help getting the geometry of the bike dialed in, and doing the last minute things to make the bike perfect. I also would like to thank Steve Upchurch at Race Engine Services for keeping my motor in the best shape possible. My sponsors: Dunlop, Whoopies Cycle, Cortech, Superbike Chassis,, Woodcraft, GPR, Pit Bull, Stone Brewing Company, Galfer, Driven, Leo Vince, Catalyst Racing Composites, RK Excel, Saddleman, High Speed Nutrition, K&N, and Roseville Yamaha, without your help and support, the season would be impossible to get through.”

The next race for the team will be April 27, 2013, with WERA for the National Endurance series opener at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Talladega, AL.

Full results and  more information is available at the team’s Facebook

  • Posted on   04/01/13 at 12:01:50 PM   by Fred  | 
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