Brian Zalner started racing an ITS Porsche 944 in 1996, then continued to SRX-7 and SSM.

Congrats to Ken Zalner on the 2010 WDCR SCCA MARRS SM Championship

October 10th, 2010
3:07 pm

As we approached the last race of the year there was still a three way battle for the top spot in SM between Ken Zalner, Scott Brunk and Kevin Kopp. The pressure was on all three drivers to perform at the top of their game this weekend.

The weekend started with Ken dropping a valve in the engine of the #73 SM on the 3rd lap of the first session of practice on Friday. Bret and Brian worked on the car until 6:00 pm to install a new engine and chase down two different water leaks and a defective pilot bearing in the transmission before getting the car rolling again, and onto the dyno it rolled.

The mechanical problems prevented Ken from running any sessions on practice day but the car was ready for qualifying… or so we thought. One lap into qualifying, the car shut off climbing the hill in Turn 9. Had the car shut off anywhere else on the track we would have completely missed qualifying altogether and would have had to start last. Ken carried the momentum and quickly ducked into the pits where TJ and Bret ran to see what they could find under the hood. After finding a broken wire on the cam sensor, TJ stripped it with his teeth and jammed it in the connector. Ken fired the car up and took off as we hoped for the best. Ken did manage to get in three hot laps and qualified 4th. After qualifying T.J. properly fixed the broken wire.

In the Saturday 10 lap race, Ken started 4th and pulled up 2 positions to finish 2nd, right behind teammate Scott Brunk, in an intense battle against the cars of Kopp, Jacobs and Collins who teamed up against Ken. The points battle was still on.

In the Sunday race, Ken pulled out a 3rd place finish but that wasn’t enough to determine the winner of the season. With Ken and Kevin tied with exactly 2500 points each a tie breaker was needed. It started as who had more wins (5 each, tie again) and then moved to 2nd place finishes (again, 3 each) and finally down to 3rd place finishes in which Ken had a 3 to 1 advantage on Kevin. In the end, 3rd place on Sunday was enough to win the 2010 MARRS SM championship.

Ken won his 10th career championship on 10/10/10. It was by far and away the closest championship battle we have ever been a part of making also the sweetest one as well. This whole season was made possible by the extremely hard work and entire team effort of RP Performance and Performance Auto Works!


4 MARRS Championships in 2009

October 11th, 2009
6:57 pm

After a dominating season, RP Performance and partners Performance Auto Works have locked up 4 championships in the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series for 2009. We conquered in SM, SSM, ITA and SRX7, bringing RP’s total up to 26 championships in 15 years of competition.

The Zalner brothers, Ken and Brian, finished in 1st and 2nd place respectively in SM giving Ken his 9th championship in 10 years. Scott Brunk claimed the championship in SSM and captured a new track record at Summit Point Raceway this weekend at the season finale with a blistering time of 1:28.052.

Phenom sophomore season driver Brian Price won the ITA championship in his SM Miata and capped off his season with a pair of wins on the weekend. As if the ITA championship was not enough, Brian also managed to bring it home in 4th place in the SM standings as well.

SRX-7 had a hotly contested battle between RP drivers “F1″ Al Gervais and Dave Ade. In the end, it was Dave Ade emerging victoriously as SRX-7’s newest champion. Al brought it home in 2nd place and rookie sensation Kevin Hutchens rounded out the top 3 for a total RP Performance podium sweep in the highly competitive SRX-7 class.

RP Performance would like to send out a special thank you to all of its drivers and fans for the continued support that our race team has received and continues to receive on an ongoing basis throughout the years.

Thank You!!!


MARRS8 at NJMP Thunderbolt – weather permitting

August 31st, 2009
1:02 pm

Weather was intense to say the least, buckets of water pored from the sky turning the dusty grassless infield to a pool of mud. Just look at below for the calm before the storm (Click image for a super-sized version...)

The weather forced set-up strategy with the Zalner's going from a dry set-up to wet set-up and back and forth a bunch of times before deciding on a wet set-up for Saturday's race. This decision yielded Brian and Ken with 6th and 8th place finishes respectively.

Sunday after an intense battle throughout the race, while leading on the last lap with 3 turns to go, a competitor got into me and spun us both... I managed to get it going again and salvage a 3rd place finish. With all of the changes in set-up throughout the weekend, Ken fought handling problems on Sunday but managed to bring it home in 8th...

The RP team is looking forward to an exciting double header weekend for Labor Day, back at the home track.

For those of you looking for a copy of the results for the Thunderbolt weekend, I tracked them down on the NeSCCA website are they are available here (PDF link). Here is also a link to the results from the previous race at Lightning.


MARRS7 – HOT at Summit Point

August 10th, 2009
9:18 am

It was quite a hot weekend at Summit Point but the RP team pulled through for a few wins and Bret even got the chance to get out there and race in an ITA Miata. Bret locked in the pole position and won the race on Saturday and finished 2nd on Sunday’s race. Ken and Brian had a 2-3 and 1-2 finish in their SM races while Scott Brunk missed out on Saturday’s SSM race after his transmission got stuck in 3rd gear on the 2nd lap. Drop in a new transmission and fast-forward to Sunday… Scott fought hard for the entire race making his way up to 1st place for the SSM win. Kevin Hutchens decided to try his hand at rally-cross in his qualifying session on Saturday and luckily suffered only sheet metal damage that the RP team quickly hammered back into place.


MARRS6 results posted on MyLaps.com

August 3rd, 2009
3:42 pm

The results from MARRS6 at the NJMP Lighting track have been posted to mylaps.

Saturday started with Ken and Brian pulling off a 1st and 3rd finish in the SM race as group 1 which continued into Sunday as a 1st and 2nd place finish.

View Scott Brunk’s double win weekend in SSM on Saturday and Sunday.


MARRS6 @ NJMP Lighting – July 18-19, 2009

July 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

It is always exciting to visit a new track and the RP team showed everyone how to learn and race fast. After a busy day of testing, the Zs hit the track running on Saturday giving Ken a 1st place finish and the pole for Sunday’s race with Brian fighting it out to the last second for a photo finish at the line to take 3rd place.

The NJ region rules dictate that your finishing position in Saturday’s race define your starting position for the Sunday race. With Ken on pole and Brian right behind him they pushed the entire race. Ken had 1st place locked down while Brian was racing hard all the way to the checkered flag to take 2nd in another photo finish.

Meanwhile, Scott Brunk raced hard in SSM on both Saturday and Sunday for a double win. After finally resolving his car’s ECU issues, he is able to remain strong throughout the race and take home the wins that he much deserves.

Finally in the SRX7 race, Kevin Hutchens battled Alexander Schafer all weekend with both races coming down to a photo finish. Kevin was able to grab 2nd on Saturday while dropping back to 3rd on Sunday (by only 0.032 seconds). You can watch the HD video here:

MARRS6 NJMP Lightning Group 7 Sunday Race July 19th, 2009 from SRX Kevin on Vimeo.


MARRS5 @ Summit Point – June 27-28, 2009

June 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

The Spec Miata race on Saturday yielded a 2nd and 3rd place finish (results) for Ken and Brian respectively. Ken’s performance during the weekend gave him both the pole and the win (results) in the Sunday race while Brian finished 4th on Sunday.

The SSM race on Sunday (results) gave Scott Brunk a 3rd place podium finish to continue his steady collection of points for the season.

Kevin Hutchens fought his way up to 4th place in the SRX7 race (results) after the RP guys cleaned out his carb yielding an extra 3 seconds of lap time to bring him up to competition speed. You can watch the whole Group 4 race in HD on viemo.


MARRS4 @ Summit Point – May 30-31, 2009

May 21st, 2009
7:22 am

Saturday Ken had pole and I started 7th after a problem in qualifying with an air pocket in the cooling system necessitated ending my session after but only 4 laps… Ken finished 1st and I rallied back to a photo finish 3rd place finish…I missed 2nd place by .018… I lost at the loop but had it at the line, scoring is done at the loop.

Sunday Ken started from the pole…I started from 3rd….the accident involving Bret, Mike Collins and Brian Price resulted in a black flag all and the resetting of the field in original starting position. Bret was originally gridded second but since he couldn’t continue I assumed the 2nd place position for the regrid. Ken led every lap of the race and I had a hard fought battle with Kevin Kopp and pulled out the 2nd place finish at the end.

Both yellow RP Performance / Performance Auto works cars took top honors on Sunday in Spec Miata finishing 1st and 2nd. Sunday and 1st and 3rd Saturday.


WDCR MARRS SM + SSM Points – May 15, 2009

May 15th, 2009
2:51 pm

Here are the current points standings for both SM and SSM as of May 15th.

SM

Ken 1073
Big Z 830
Meat 795
Price 645

SSM

Brunk 895
Zettersom 760
Pressman 730
York 670


SARRC/MARRS3 @ VIR – May 9-10, 2009

May 12th, 2009
10:46 am

On Mother’s day of the double header weekend, Ken qualified 3rd and Brian in 5th for the SM race. Ken pulled off a 1st in the MARRS point (2nd overall) with Brian earning 4th (5th overall). Scott qualified 2nd and finished with the win. The weekend yielded great points for the team RP: Ken is leading the SM MARRS series with Brian right behind him in 2nd. Watch for them to continue this domination at MARRS4 at the end of the month.





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