5th Annual Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point: Manufacturer results 2 June 2003: Twelve manufacturers were represented in the 5th Annual Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point, but only seven managed to take a class win and only five manufacturers...
5th Annual Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point:
2 June 2003: Twelve manufacturers were represented in the 5th Annual Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point, but only seven managed to take a class win and only five manufacturers could achieve a top-10 overall finish. Porsche managed to repeat as both the overall and ITE victor, but Mazda Miatas held six of the top-ten overall places, including second overall. Datsun, aka Nissan, scored a third overall with the 31-year old 240Z driven by the Spirit of DC Racing Team. The RC Imports Mercedes took fourth overall for the Stuttgart manufacturer. BMW was the final manufacturer to place a car in the top-ten overall.
"There was an interesting ebb-and-flow to this year's 12 Hour race. Faster cars would fall out of the top ten with mechanical problems, fight their way back, and then fall back with more problems," said one race official. The official added, "The rain and the one-hour stoppage probably helped some of the larger cars as it slowed the pace and dramatically cut the distance they would need to race." Heavy rains and lightening forced a race stoppage during most of the fifth hour of racing.
Seven manufacturers took class victories. In addition to the victories in SpecMiata, ProSpecMiata and Spec RX7 -- classes limited to those cars -- Mazda-powered teams took two additional class victories. The Speeds Indoor Racing Mazda RX7 took top honors in ITA and the American Engineering & Testing Miata claimed the ITS top-podium. The other six manufacturers each claimed a single class victory each -- BMW in ITB, Volkswagen in ITC, Porsche in ITE, Honda in SPU, Ford in AS, and Plymouth in SSC.
The Vertex Honda of Robert Mauck and Tony Zelones running in the SPU class set the only distance-covered record to fall this year. Mauck and Zelones completed 361 laps, or 722 miles, on their way to victory in SPU. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this record will survive next year's Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point. Mauck and Zelones not only lost time due to the heavy rain in this year's race, but the one-hour race stoppage effectively turned the 12-hour race into an 11-hour race.