WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway, USA

MONTEREY PRE-REUNION
10 – 11 August 2019

It’s Sunday at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca on a sunny day perfect for racing here in Northern California.

Both morning and late afternoon racing on the last day of the Pre Reunion. More racing begins again next week with the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, RMMR at this track.

RACE REPORTS

Masters Endurance Legends USA – Race 1

The Masters Endurance Legends were first up with their 45 minute morning session, Race 1 and a couple of hours later the Masters Historic Formula One cars took to the track. They went
out again at 3PM and 5pm respectively for the Race 2’s.

The morning Race 1 for the Enduro Legends had Craig Bennet (2012 Lola 12/80) shooting to the lead ahead of smooth driving Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP) with Spencer Trenery (2006 Riley XI Daytona Prototype) challenging Engen lap after lap, all three passed Erich Joiner (2000 LolaB2K10).who’d originally qualified 3rd.

The trio hung on to their lead to win the race over the mid-pack in pursuit which was strung out a bit with little or no position changes with Mark Brannon, (2001 Riley ScottMK3C)Steven Zacchia (2002550 FerrariGT1)and Charles Nearburg, (2007 ChevroletCorvette C6R),Chandler Briscoe (2003 Corvette C5R)and Steve Dickson (2001 BMW M3GT) finishingthe race in that order. The last two rounding out the top ten were Peter Racely(2012 Audi R8LMS) and Scooter Gabel.(1997 BMW M3).

Masters Endurance Legends USA – Race 2
It was the afternoon Race 2 that held everyone’s rapt attention. The fight between Travis Engin and Spencer Ternery was great to watch with the two good drivers dicing for first.

The lead changed more than once. They were nose to tail until the halfway point when the enduro mandatory pit stops began. When they resumed Craig Bennet,(2012 Lola12/80) who’d been a distant 3rd trying to catch the two lead guys all along, managed to tuck right behind Engen and the three of them in the final laps in close racing was very exciting. Bennet even did a very tidy 360 spin at turn 8, continued on, and then another nicely recovered wobble at turn 11,near the BMW of Dickson (not sure how he felt about it) neither of which didn’t seem to slow Bennett in the slightest.

Final results; Engen 1st, Bennett 2nd, Trenery 3rd. A terrific way to cap off the Pre Reunion.

Masters Historic Formula One USA – Race 1

Today in the morning session Brit Gregory Thornton P1 (‘82 Lotus 91/5) set off at his usual blistering start followed closely by the tall Texan, Charles Nearburg in his 1980 Williams FW07B. The chase lasted the entire race and they finished 1-2 and pulled away from Positions 3-4-5–6-7 which made up the 2nd pack who were glued to one another for the entire session. They were Chris Farrell 1982 March 821, Erich Joiner 1983 Williams FWO8-C, Danny Baker 1976 McLaren M23, Doug Mockett 1976 Penske PC4, & Chris Locke 1976 Lotus 77.

The next group 8th through 10th competing within the race was Chris Bender 1983 Arrows A6, Ron Maydon in his 1977 LEC CRP1 and Steve Romak in his #43 Orange March. They finished without incident and the spectators loved hearing the those engines as usual.

Masters Historic Formula One USA – Race 2
The big change in events in the late afternoon race was the usual top finishing Gregory Thornton who won Race 1, stalled at the start and spent the rest of the race threading his way to the front and managed to reach 3rd, a great drive, spectators always enjoy seeing that fight.

Charles Nearburg looked good the entire race and won easily with Erich Joiner following in 2nd place. Chris Farrell did good time coming in 4th with Steve Hartley’s 1982 Arrows A4 just behind. James Hagan did well coming in 6th in his 1982 Terrell 11. Danny Baker used his frequent Laguna track experience to use today in his 1976 Mc Laren M23 to come in 7th. Chris Bender repeated his morning performance to finish 8th. Chris Locke is his ex-Mario Andretti 1976 Lotus 77 slipped to 9th from his morning 5th with Ron Maydon right on his tail in 10th. It’s a treat to see these powerful cars being used as they were meant to be, racing flat out.

A fitting ending to the Pre Reunion. Lots to look forward to at the Reunion at this locale next week.