HomeRacingReport: Masters Speed Festival at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Report: Masters Speed Festival at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
May 19, 2021
Salinas, CA–Masters Historic Racing revved up its first USA occasion of 2021 over the Might 15-16 weekend, on the legendary 2.238-mile circuit everybody loves—Laguna Seca. The featured races included Masters Historic Components One, Masters Components Atlantic Plus, Masters Endurance Legends USA and the Classic Sports activities Automobile Trophy.
In drought-stricken California, the very last thing anybody anticipated for the weekend was rain—what was actually heavy mist—however actually moist sufficient and funky sufficient that few automobiles ventured out for morning observe periods. Thankfully, all of it cleared away Saturday afternoon and each group made essentially the most of their observe laps, setting a number of the quickest instances of the weekend.
Sunday had a busy-11-race schedule, and Charles Nearburg’s blistering 1:20.543 qualifying lap in his 1981 Williams FW07C meant he was on the pole in Race 1 and that catching him was going to be close to not possible. That proved to be the case, however Tim De Silva’s V12 Alfa Romeo 182 in 2nd place tried laborious till the Alfa misplaced oil strain on lap 9, Martin Lauber’s March 741 taking on the runner-up spot and Steve Romak ‘s 1976 March 761 ending third.
For Race 2, 9 automobiles accomplished the grid, with Nearburg’s Williams once more head of the category, this time with Cal Meeker’s ’79 Tyrrell 009 ending 2nd and De Silva’s Alfa again within the hunt for third.
The Components Atlantic Plus group’s lap instances have been very spectacular, a number of of the automobiles equaling or bettering a number of the F1 automobiles’ finest laps. Many keep in mind these automobiles from their days within the highlight, the place a lot of racing’s greats acquired their begins. As soon as once more, Tim De Silva confirmed he was properly dialed in, together with his ’76 Ralt RT1 on pole with a 1:25.363 lap, he topping that in Race 1 with a 1:24.857 on lap 9, racing to victory. Laurent Parmentier’s ’77 Chevron B39 was 2nd and Danny Baker third in a ’79 Ralt RT1. Race 2 duplicated Race 1’s podium.
Jim Bouzaglou in a Lola T292 gained the primary race of the Masters Classic Sports activities Automobile Trophy group main from begin to end. Second place went to Danny Baker in his ’73 Chevron B23. Third was Grey Gregory in his ’73 Chevron B26. In Race 2, Bouzaglou repeated his successful efficiency, this time with Grey Gregory’s ’73 Chevron B26 in 2nd with Chris Bender’s ’76 Lola T296 in third.
Within the Masters Endurance Legends group, Spencer Trenery introduced out an ’06 Riley MK XI Gen 1 Daytona Prototype and blistered the circuit whereas racing to a decent win by simply 0.742 sec. over Steve Romak’s Morgan Pescarolo. Cal Meeker steered his ’87 Spice GTP to threerd. In Race 2 for these automobiles, Trenery once more gained, knocking off a quick lap of 1:24.523 within the course of. This time Meeker was runner-up with John McKenna’s ’06 Riley-Scott DP Mk II in third.
Subsequent cease on the Masters USA Tour is the Masters and HSR Race Weekend at Watkins Glen Worldwide (July 8-11) adopted the week after by The Hawk at Street America (July 15-18).
Go to www.mastershistoricracing.com for the entire schedule.