Josh Rom (6) and David Collins (24) in action during the CCS Middleweight Supersport Expert race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. Photo by Matthew Collison/, courtesy of CCS.

A morning rain shower made varying conditions for the Championship Cup Series’ (CCS) second round of the Midwest region this past Sunday May 20th. Racers took to the 1.95 mile, seven turn course of Blackhawk Farms Raceway, in South Beloit Illinois to showcase their adaptability. The day started under full rain conditions, but when the rain stopped the track surface dried slowly and racers started to switch from rain tires to race slicks. Tense racing ensued and saw numerous victors throughout the day’s events.

In the Unlimited category, Expert racers Tony Storniolo, Brian Filipiak and Zachary Schumacher all took wins on their Pirelli-shod machines. Veteran club racer Tom Girard put down the fastest lap of the day with at 1:11.150 en route to multiple podiums finishes on his Pirelli mounted ZX-10R. In the Amateur ranks, Michael Butler was the one to beat turning the fastest Amateur lap time of the day at 1:14.928 and winning three races.

In the 600cc races experts Jody Barry, Peter Bernacchi, David Collins, and Josh Rom, all took home wins on their respective middleweight equipment. Amateurs Zach Butler, Kevin Hu, Nicholas Johnson, and Jacob Van Ryzin each stood on the top step of the podium throughout the day.