The Tricky Finish

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The Tricky Finish

July 31 Autocross Event

Our fifth autocross had to be moved to Crows Landing due to a conflict with scheduling with Cow Palace. Forty-nine participants enjoyed a long and smooth-flowing course designed by Teddy Framhein. This course will be remembered most by the tight finish though. The tricky finish allowed a few participants to make friends with the wall of cones in their quest of shaving off a little time. Weather was cool for Crows Landing standards with temperatures reaching around 95 degrees in the afternoon. Participants were treated with a total of twelve laps – six in the morning and six in the afternoon, with an average lap time of 65.064 seconds.

Congratulations to Monty Pack (CC15) for TTOD of 57.332 seconds. His magical lap was a full 1.208 seconds faster than Ed Hunter’s best lap.

Congratulations also to Teddy Framhein (CC11) for the fastest PAX time of 56.170 seconds, a mere 0.130 seconds faster than Monty’s PAX time.

A few classes witnessed close battles:

  • CC09 – Himanshu Patel beat Connie Lu by 0.106 seconds.
  • CC10 – Curtis Robertson beat Craig Boyer by 0.158 seconds.
  • CC11 – Teddy Framhein beat Drew Powers by 0.272 seconds.
  • CC12 – RJ Harrison beat John Leet by 0.003 seconds. Take that to the bank John!

We offered to coach to five drivers under the leadership of our chief instructor Monty Pack. Here is how these drivers fared at the event. Congratulations to Muiz for being the fastest driver in this group.

Driver Coach Fastest Lap
Muiz Awan Paul Smith 66.516
Faisal Awan Drew Powers 69.350
Brian Morearty Steve Lau 69.390
Ty Lee Ed Hunter 69.621
Ali Awan Monty Pack 74.136

August 20 Autocross Event

Our sixth autocross event this year took place at Cow Palace with seventy-one participants in attendance. Drivers were treated with Teddy Framhein-designed course, who took advantage of a larger space made available by Cow Palace at the last minute. The weather was perfect with highs reaching around 75 degrees in the afternoon. Participants were offered four laps in the morning and five more in the afternoon, with an average lap time of 38.764 seconds.

Congratulations to Teddy Framhein (CC11) for TTOD of 32.951 seconds, who beat Ed Hunter’s fastest lap time by 0.066 seconds.

Congratulations also to Brant Ballantyne (CC05) for the fastest PAX time of 31.516 seconds, a mere 0.041 seconds faster than Teddy’s.

While close battles abound for top spots in RAW times and PAX times, a few classes witnessed close battles:

  • CC09 – Himanshu Patel beat Connie Lu by 0.242 seconds.
  • CC10 – Curtis Robertson beat Grady Carter by 0.055 seconds.
  • CC11 – Teddy Framhein beat Drew Powers by 0.446 seconds. This battle is always fun to watch. I guess car #138 needs new tires.
  • CC12 – John Leet beat RJ Harrison by 0.304 seconds making him the rabbit this time around. They both know though who the real rabbit is. Clue – car #116.
  • CC14 – Daniel Deng beat Kevin by 0.342 seconds.

Eight drivers received personalized coaching, thanks to all volunteer coaches and the Chief Instructor of the event – Ed Hunter. Our chief instructor Monty Pack is attending the SCCA Solo Nationals event in Nebraska. We are proud of our members Monty Pack, Steve Lau, and Tara Shapowal-Lau for their talents and skills.

Here is how all new drivers fared at the event. Congratulations to Joel for being the fastest driver in this group.

Driver Instructor Fastest Lap Improvement from first Lap
Joel Plainfield Teddy Framhein 37.396 7.424
Ernesto Dal Bo Daniel Dang 37.639 2.89
Jordan Flanary Paul Smith 38.827 6.809
Atsuko Hoshizumi Claude Leglise 39.878 16.468
Hristo Dakov Brant Ballantyne 40.015 4.828
Nicholas Veeser Ed Hunter 40.280 4.544
Karen Sherman Ed Hunter 41.435 10.11
Matthew Ken Andrew Blyholder 41.721 1.855

Upcoming Events

  • November 6, 2022 (Sunday): 2022 Autocross #9 at Crows Landing.

Registration for our autocross events typically opens about ten days before each event.

The 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.

Last, but not least, Zone 7 rules and classification system are managed by our Zone 7 Autocross Chairperson Brant Ballantyne. This system is used for zone 7 events. Brant is soliciting feedback for the Zone 7 car classification system to make improvements for next year. Please forward your Wishlist to him at flat6axr@gmail.com. Alternatively, I can forward it on your behalf.

Your feedback for the GGR classification is welcome as well. Please forward all your requests to me at autocross@pca-ggr.org.

Himanshu Patel

GGR Autocross Chair

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