August 17, 2003 Rosamond, CA -- Jeremy Toye was back in true form on Sunday as the Willow Springs points leader grabbed the top spot for his 7th time this season. AFM Formula Pacific leader Jeff Tigert, made the most of his visit to Willow...
August 17, 2003 Rosamond, CA -- Jeremy Toye was back in true form on Sunday as the Willow Springs points leader grabbed the top spot for his 7th time this season. AFM Formula Pacific leader Jeff Tigert, made the most of his visit to Willow Springs, with a strong second place finish, besting Burbank's Stoney Landers, who placed third.
According to Toye, tire management was critical with the hot track conditions. "Choosing the right rubber and making it last makes all the difference. I tried to set a pace that would keep me in the lead, but not overwhelm the tire. When I discovered Tigert gaining on me, we upped the pace, but still held back a bit, to make sure we didn't outrun the rubber."
Fifth place finisher Jeff Stern can attest to the torture inflicted on tires this weekend, as he battled with Landers for the third spot, he had a blowout and crossed the finish line with his rear tire in shreds.
All three top finishers rode Dunlop tires and Suzuki bikes.
Jeff Tigert, while a new face at Willow Springs, hails from a lineage of roadracing excellence. His dad, Bob Tigert was a top AFM contender a generation ago. The younger Tigert started Sunday at the back of the grid but quickly worked his way up to secure the second slot.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Las Vegas based Dale Kleffer in 4th, Robbie Dowle of Torrance in 6th, and local favorite Skye Girard of Palmdale in 7th. Bakersfield's Clinton Whitehouse took 8th place while Stephen Hewitt of North Hollywood finished 9th. Westlake Village based Rick Spampinato finished 10th. Top finishers share in cash prizes and qualify for a chance at a new truck awarded by Toyota Motorsports at the end of the season.
The WSMC Toyota Cup is a yearlong series of motorcycle roadracing events held the third Sunday of each month. These high-charged, unlimited Formula 1 races lead up to the grueling Toyota 200 race to be held October 19th. Here top riders will compete for a $150,000 purse with the winner taking home $50,000, one of the richest rewards in motorcycle roadracing.
This world-class event is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famed Willow Springs International Raceway. Founded in the fall of 1953, the track has been under the ownership of Bill Huth for over 40 years and has hosted many legendary racers.
The next round of the Toyota Cup will be held September 19th-21st. and will serve as the final warm-up to the big money October event. The weekend will include qualifying rounds for the Toyota 200 as well as a special 50-mile Solo Race on Saturday September 20th. Testing and tuning days for both street riders and club certified racers will be run on Friday, September 19th. Admission to the weekend-long event including pit passes and camping privileges is only $10/person with children admitted free of charge. For more ticket information, please call Willow Springs at (661) 256-2471. Interested racers should contact the Willow Springs Motorcycle Club at 256.1234.