Clean Runs Hard to Come By at San Diego National Tour SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 19, 2007) - Cones haunted numerous drivers as several wins came down to who was clean during the TireRackÂ© SCCA Solo National Tour event at Qualcomm Stadium, in San...
Clean Runs Hard to Come By at San Diego National Tour
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 19, 2007) - Cones haunted numerous drivers as several wins came down to who was clean during the TireRack© SCCA Solo National Tour event at Qualcomm Stadium, in San Diego, Calif. Cones aside, the San Diego Region once again hosted a great event and approximately 320 entrants turned out for the first West Coast Solo National Tour of the year.
Weather was enjoyable with temps in the 60s and 70s. While the event ran well overall, there seemed to be various little issues or spills lurking which made the event run a bit long each day, but with the daylight saving time change, all runs were done before sunset.
The courses were well designed and a nice 55 to 60 seconds in length. Each flowed well with no need for down or up shifting for most everyone. The course did however have some challenging slaloms and turn-in spots, and a lot of drivers found themselves in cone trouble with either no clean runs or having to pull one out on their third run. Several drivers would have won or done much better, if they could have gone a day with all clean runs.
Sound played into the mix as usual, mostly on Sunday morning in D Modified, which had a lot of disqualified times for cars going over the 93db limit.
The Porsche GT3 was a favorite in SS. Tom Kotzian, of Gladstone, Ore., jumped in fellow Oregon driver Doug Barrett's Kumho/CascadeTEK/Trackside Porsche GT3 and pretty much controlled the class from the start. Kotzian was the only Kumho shod car in the top-nine cars, with all the others on Hoosiers.
The Corvette Z06 is not dead yet, for David Rock, of Tucson, Ariz., put in a good showing for second. Chris Cox, of Morgan Hill, Calif., in another barrowed GT3 took third, with the only Lotus Elise in the trophies going to San Diego driver Sean Goodbody in fourth.
Lori Robertson, of Chino Hills, Calif., had no problem in SSL and won by 9.444 seconds. She would have been sixth in the open class.
Local driver Jeff Cawthorne and his Spank'em Racing/Fast Wilsey/Kumho Corvette Z06 humbled the great Scott McHugh, of Santa Clarita, Calif., in his Kumho/Motel 6 Corvette by 0.472-second and led both days in the largest class of the weekend (21 competitors). While McHugh held on for second, he got some pressure from fellow Corvette drivers Rita Wilsey and Brian Robertson who ended up third and fourth respectively.
In ASL, Terri Mayo, of Escondido, Calif., won easily in her Corvette, but Kathy Teulie, of Hutington Beach, Calif., did have the fast time on Sunday in her Honda S2000.
This was a battle of champions. In the third largest class of 17, reigning BS National Champion Jason Isley, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., went up against SS National Champion Mathew Braun, of Northville, Mich., and ProSolo B Stock National Champion Joe Goeke, of Kirkland, Wash., along with several other fast contenders.
Cones played into this battle as all the front runners hit cones on their fast runs. After all the cones fell and the dust settled, it was Isley and his MazdaSpeed/Kumho Mazda RX-8 in first, backing up his National Championship, with Brawn slipping into second behind he wheel of the PowerPlug Mazda RX-8 on his very last run over Goeke's RX-8, who finished third.
Cones flew in BSL as well, and it was a family sweep as Jennifer Isley cleaned up for a commanding win. Second spot Debbie Kerswill, of Reno, Nev., had a great first day and only trailed by 0.248-second. She fended off a charging Anna Goeke, by 0.051-second, who had cone trouble on Saturday.
Reigning CS National Champion Kevin Dietz, of Federal Way, Wash., in his Evolution/Jim's Detail Shops Pontiac Solstice was probably not expecting to lose to a Miata, but Ryan Buetzer, of Long Beach, Calif., really put on a show with Dietz as they traded the lead with each run. Buetzer not only won in his TimbBo Motorsports/Kumho Mazda Miata, but also squeaked out fast time each day. "Fast Mike" Lillejord, of Redmond, Wash., took the third spot in Dietz's car, with Tim Albin, from Torrence, Calif., taking the last trophy, sharing the same car with Buetzer.
It was the same story in CSL as Judith Murray, of Temecula, Calif., took the win in a Miata over Jackie McInnes in Dietz's Solstice.
Why is HS not just a Mini class? Because local driver James Wilson drove his ChaseCam.com/Hankook Motors Subaru Impreza on Hankook tires to first place by 0.834-second over the Mini's of Mark Ferguson, from Lafayette, Colo., and Donald Green, of Bellflower, Calif., in the eight car class.
A Street Prepared
It was Ferrari fever in ASP, with Randy Noll, of Carlsbad, Calif., driving David Yang's wonderful Ferrari 360 Modena to first place over the Midland Motorsport Porsche GT2 of Rob Boynton, from Woodside, Calif. Ted Lewis, of Phoenix, Ariz., brought the old front-runner Lotus Elan home in third with Henry Bjoin, of Burbank, Calif., taking the last trophy in his Z06 Corvette. Now that's car diversity!
Brianne Green, of Renton, Wash., won ASPL in a new Porsche 996. She would have finished just behind her husband in the open class.
C Street Prepared
It would appear the new Miata is now the car to have in CSP based on Issawuah, Wash., resident Ron Bauer's drive this weekend in his Kumho/Pinnacle 2007 Mazda Miata. Bauer won by almost a second over former Champion, and hometown favorite, George Doganis in his tried and true Dinos 1994 Mazda Miata.
David Palmquist, of Anaheim, Calif., and his 1990 Miata struggled Saturday; first with a DNF and then a sound violation on his third run. Palmquist managed a great time on his only clean run on Saturday to claim second, but he slipped to third on Sunday as Doganis found more time with larger tires and slipped by Palmquist by a mere 0.015-second.
In CSPL, Kathy Wolkskill, all the way from Nederland, Colo., took Tom Kubo's 1991 Miata to the win over Pamela Kannan, of Orangevale, Calif., in the family's 1993 Miata.
D Street Prepared
BMW is still the car to have in DSP as Ken Motonishi, from Orange, Calif., won handily over co-driver Toby Larson, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., in the Elite Window Tinting BMW 325is. Richard Vijeh, of Sunnyvale, Calif., also piloting a Edge Motorworks BMW 325is, took third, with the last trophy going to Clint Child, of Glendale, Ariz., in an Integra Type-R.
No BMWs in DSPL, where Rebecca Zacharda, of Sherwood, Ore., won in the family Mini Cooper S over Deanne Caraballo, of San Jose, Calif., in a Subaru RS.
What do a Porsche 911, Fiat X1/9, and Ferrari 360 Modena all have in common? They all run in XP, and finished in that order at San Diego. While local man Bob Dees, in the BTM Motorworks Porsche 911S won by a good margin over Robert Holland, of San Diego, Calif., in a Fiat X1/9, second wasn't that clear cut. Mark Kiesel, of Poway, Calif., in the Ferrari looked to have won the event on his final run of the weekend, but a cone went down and he slipped to third, just 0.008-second behind Holland.
This was a 70's time-warp class, with the top five cars all coming from either 1973 or 1974. Some nostalgic music from "The Guess Who" or "Van Morrison" was request while these guys were running. Traveling all the way from Manhattan, Mont., David Venema won handily in his Autoworks/VCI BMW 2002 over San Jose, Calif., resident Robert Marcy in a Komush Engineering Datsun 1200. Jonathan Ng, of Danville, Calif., finished third in his Genitrix MotorSports Civic 1200. Dwayne Komush, from Livermore, Calif., finished the trophies in fourth in the same BMW 2002 shared with Venema.
Back in more modern times, Jasmine Vanderpan, of Winters, Calif., was the lone EPL driver in a 1999 DV8 Tattoos and Body Piercing Dodge Neon, and would have finished ninth in the open class.