Thornton Extends His Road America Winning Streak
Under sunny Wisconsin skies this afternoon, Gregory Thornton made short work of his Masters Historic Formula One USA competition at the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman, rolling to his fifth win at Road America here in Elkhart Lake.
Thornton (1982 Lotus 91) started from the pole and never surrendered the lead. Behind him Dan Collins (1982 Lotus 91), who qualified second, and Cal Meeker, who qualified third, engaged in a brief spirited battle for the second spot before Meeker put his Tyrrell ahead of Collins on lap 2 and defended that slot through the checkered flag.
Following Collins, Bud Moeller (1979 Ensign MN179) and Lee Mowle (1980 Lotus 81) filled out the top 5.
“It was great,” said Thornton about his win. “Lots of grip, hot, and the car went brilliantly. The boys told me to do 05s and 06s. So, the first one out, I did an 06, then another 06 and an 05. The boys said ‘You’re building the gap nicely,’ so I held it.”
Thornton’s best lap: a 2:05.252 on the four-mile track.
What will it take to beat Thornton at Road America?
“Probably a turbocharger,” said Collins, smiling. “He’s been driving that car a long time, and he’s good.”
Rounding out the top 10 were Chris Locke (1976 Lotus 77), Ron Maydon (1977 LEC CRP1), John McKenna (1974 Parnelli VPJ-4), Robert Blain (1975 March 752), and Charles Warner (1979 Shadow DN9).
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