Saturday 21st May 2022
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Jim Devenport took victory in his first Masters Endurance Legends Race!
Spanning a 14 second difference in qualifying times, the Masters Endurance Legends race brought together eras of race cars in a fun and friendly competitive race lasting 27 laps in yesterdays early evening hours at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. At the front, the Proto 2 class field of Jim Devenport (Oreca 03 LMP2) and Stephen Romak (Pescarolo Morgan) battled with each other for the overall win, and occasionally saw an opportunistic Spencer Trenery (Riley MK XI Gen 1 DP) approaching from behind while all three closed the distance to lapped cars.
"If there were more cars in this class, I would have been poking at you more often" Trenery joked with Devenport and Romak after the race. Several drivers noted Trenery’s ability to use lapped traffic to his advantage.
There was plenty of early drama right from the start, however, when Tom Mueller’s Corvette C7R took several places due to a jumped start, and again when John McKenna (Really & Scott DP MK II) pitted too early. Both drivers would serve drive through penalties. Farther back, Douglas Baron (991GT3R) and Loren Beggs (Porsche 996 RSR) battled with each other, trading fastest class laps with each other.
Loren had a lot to say about his experience running in the GT2-2 class at Masters Endurance Legends today, and he shared:
"I got a reasonable start and I had a bunch of good laps in there pretty close to the qualifying times to begin with and the prototype car guys were super nice… a good clean race and amazing weather here at Laguna Seca… We had a pretty good and consistent drop off with the tires, the track was good, it was nice and cooled down a little bit at the end of the day so that made it easy on the car… Everybody here has a super cool car and the people treat you with respect, but its still good racing."
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