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July 31 Autocross Event

With another cancellation in the books from Cow Palace, we moved our fifth autocross event to Crows Landing. Thanks to Ed Hunter – again, for bailing us out. The brave San Francisco GGR Forty-niners got to enjoy one of the best autocross events hosted by our club, thanks to surprisingly the cool weather (for Crow Landing Standards). Drivers were treated with six laps in the morning and six laps in the afternoon with a course that averaged 65.064 seconds lap time. Teddy Framhein designed course received high praise for the smooth flow mixed in with a fair amount of technical challenges, especially at the start and finish lines. A tight chicane at the start challenged all drivers, with many hitting the right side apex cone. This required our starters – Steve Forshay and Weyland Fat to double up as station workers. Kudos to both for staying on top of the downed cone. On the other end, a few volunteers doubled up as wall builders, re-building the wall many drivers ended up breaching in their quest for seeking out a one-tenth extra second from their runs.

The event ended up running an hour early this time as well, thanks to the GGR course setup team that went to work at 6 AM and completed the task by 7:15 AM, and thanks to all attendees driving up an hour earlier than normal. The first car hit the track at 8:16 AM and the event concluded at 1:30 PM. Congratulations to Monty Pack for accomplishing the Top Time of The Day of 57.332 seconds in his 2018 Porsche GT3. His blistering lap was a full 1.108 seconds faster than the second-place driver – Ed Hunter. The top PAX time of 56.170 seconds belonged to Teddy Framhein driving his 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS. Teddy had a close battle all day long with his fierce competitor in CC11 class – Drew Powers. Close battles were plenty in CC09, CC10, and CC12 classes with the top two drivers (more in CC10) separated by no more than 0.2 seconds. Four beginner drivers received personalized coaching from GGR coaches, thanks to the efforts of our volunteer coaches.

Upcoming Events

Cow Palace will not facilitate any more autocross events after August 2022. Our August 20th event may most likely be our last event there. We have procured October and November dates at Crows Landing (see below) and is in the process of establishing our September event at Castle AFB in Atwater. Castle AFB pad is just like Marina – BUT FOUR TIMES LARGER. Having run out there once, I have no doubt it will become a favorite spot for us autocrossers.

  • August 20, 2022 (Saturday): Autocross #6 at Cow Palace. Registration will open on August 12th (Friday) at 6:30 PM. This date is revised from the previously published date of August 26.
  • September 11, 2022 (Sunday): 2022 Autocross #7 at Castle AFB.
  • October 15, 2022 (Saturday): 2022 Autocross #8 at Crows Landing.
  • November 6, 2022 (Sunday): 2022 Autocross #9 at Crow Landing.

GGR Autocross calendar is maintained at https://pca-ggr.org/autocross/. Please bookmark this page to stay current with the schedule.

2022 Rules and Car Classification

GGR autocross rules and forms are available at Autocross Rules and Forms | PCA Golden Gate Region (pca-ggr.org). Helmet requirement continues to stay at Schnell 2010 or newer rating. The Car Classification scheme does NOT change this year. GGR will continue to use Zone 8 car classification system at http://zone8.pca.org/CarClass/Default.aspx. New members interested in joining autocross events should classify their cars ahead of time to reduce time during the registration process.

Himanshu Patel

GGR Autocross Chair

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