Friday Light Sport Race
We were pleased to welcome members Todd Slusher and Chip Romer again with their IMSA Lite cars. The diverse grid featured Ron Eckhardt’s GB08SM in P1, Todd Slusher’s IMSA Light in P2, Jeffrey Cheng with his new Wolf Turbo in P3 and Denis O’Leary in P4 in his Radical SR8
When the green flag fell, Eckhardt led the field into “Pahrump 1”. The clean start had the field in order through the first few corners. During the warm-up lap, Keith Gostlin pulled off the track but was ultimately able to rejoin the race after the grid passed.
Large gaps emerged between Eckhardt, Slusher and Cheng in the top three positions, but the battles behind continued to rage. Romer charged through the grid moving from 8th to 4th by passing O’Leary in “Catapult”, but O’Leary fought back and quickly regained the position in “Ego Check”. In the following laps, Romer and O’Leary traded positions with Romer ultimately taking 4th overall with O’Leary 5th overall.
In the LSR Rookie class, Greg Gorski and David McConnell battled intensely for position with Gorski ultimately coming out on top.
Later in the race, Kelvin Bloom went off the track in "Carousel". Bloom’s quick reactions and skilled driving fortunately resulted in no lost positions. Meanwhile in the front of the pack, Cheng managed to close in on and pass Slusher for 2nd overall, while securing 1st in the LSR1 class.
In the “Move of the Day”, Miller flew past O’Leary at “Cataplult” on the last corner of the last lap!
When the checkered flag fell, the podium positions were:
- LSR1: Cheng (fastest lap), Slusher, Romer
- LSR2: Eckhardt, Jones
- LSR3: Miller, Bishop, Bloom
- LSRR: Gorski, McConnell, Shear
LSRR: Gregg Gorski 1st, David McConnell 2nd and Gerry Shear 3rd
LSR1: Jeffrey Cheng 1st, Todd Slusher 2nd and Chip Romer 3rd
LSR2: Ron Eckhardt 1st and Bruce Jones 2nd
LSR3: Indy Al Miller 1st, Mitch Bishop 2nd and Kelvin Bloom 3rd
Saturday Light Sport Race
Saturday’s race featured a starting grid of 10 Light Sport Racers. Keith Gostlin once again had trouble on the warm-up lap, but track support got him going and he was able to line up at the back of the grid before the race start.
Todd Slusher’s qualifying time put him firmly in P1. He led the grid to a clean start followed by Ron Eckhardt and Indy Al Miller. In the first lap, Kelvin Bloom squeezed past Greg Gorski for 4th position.
Lap 2 had its highs and lows with Slusher driving the fastest lap of the race (2:12) and the retirement of Gostlin. 2nd positioned Ron Eckhardt continued to push intently to catch Slusher with Jeffrey Cheng pushing the same to pass Miller for 4th.
On lap 4, Eckhardt had a spectacular (and scary) spin at the exit of “Catapult”, but managed to recover quickly and maintain his position! Later, Gorski experienced a similar event at “Ego Check” without losing a position.
During the final laps, Cheng managed to slip by Denis O’Leary in “Radical Bend”, securing 3rd overall. Final results are:
- LSR1: Slusher (fastest lap), Cheng, O’Leary
- LSR2: Eckhardt
- LSR3: Miller, Bloom, Bishop
- LSRR: Gorski, McConnell
LSRR: Gregg Gorski 1st and David McConnell 2nd
LSR1: Todd Slusher 1st, Jeffrey Cheng 2nd and Denis O'Leary 3rd
LSR3: Indy Al Miller 1st, Kelvin Bloom 2nd and Mitch Bishop 3rd