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May 21 Autocross Event Update

The third autocross event of the year took place at Cow Palace with sixty-six participants in attendance. Another perfect day was in the store for the autocrossers at the Palace with clear skies and a light breeze keeping everyone cool and comfortable throughout the day. Cone-hungry drivers managed to knock off 200 cones, a slightly higher than the normal amount. Congratulations to Monty Pack for accomplishing the Top Time of The Day of 28.709 seconds and Brant Ballantyne for the top PAX time of 27.660 in his 2001 Boxster.

May 28 Autocross School Update

Cow Palace witnessed the first-ever autocross school event hosted by GGR and a friendly club GGLC under the leadership of our chief instructor Monty Pack. Monty and twenty-five other coach volunteers spent the entire day getting students acclimatized with the autocross environment. Students were first armed with principles of performance driving in a classroom session at 8:30 AM in the morning, followed by three basic car control exercises – 120 ft skidpad, seven cone slalom, and threshold braking, followed by trail braking. After filling stomachs with sandwiches prepared by the local deli, students went to work on the autocross course that was quickly set up by GGLC chair Kiyoshi Hamai. Thanks to all coaches doubling up with coaching duties with two students in each run group. Students showed amazing skills by getting eight runs in two seventy-five-minute sessions. Congratulations to the top five participants. We look forward to seeing everyone at our regular events.

Rank Name Best Lap
(seconds)
1 Tom Salter 31.042
2 Daniel Bujak 31.902
3 Jie Mao 32.081
4 Ted Bonkenburg 32.562
5 Namjoon Joo 32.828

Upcoming Events

  • June 25, 2022 (Saturday): 2022 Autocross #4 at Cow Palace. Registration will open approximately eight to ten days before the event.
  • July 10, 2022 (Sunday): 2022 Autocross #5 at Cow Palace. Registration will open approximately eight to ten days before the event.

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

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF THE ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET. THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 11 (SATURDAY) EVENING BETWEEN 5:30 PM AND 9:00 PM AT PALETTE TEA GARDEN IN HILLSDALE MALL. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN BY JUNE 3. ATTENDEES WILL BE REWARDED WITH SOME OF THE FINEST ASIAN FOOD AROUND, ALONG WITH A CHANCE TO WIN SOME AMAZING DOOR PRIZES.

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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