Rain Can’t Stop SCCA Western Conference
KENT, Wash. – The rain that has been pelting the Pacific Northwest for the last week held off today to deliver perfect cool overcast conditions for Saturday’s Round Five of the SCCA Western Conference Majors Tour at Pacific Raceways.
The first race group out included Spec Miata, Spec Racer Ford, B-Spec and the Touring 4 class. Spec Racer Fords made up the first three rows, then the Spec Miatas took over. Finally, the lone B-Spec and four T4 cars found themselves grouped at the rear of the pack.
Lee Douglas earned the pole position, with Todd Harris in second position. Harris was the second-place finisher at the 2012 Runoffs. Tom Burt was gridded in third position, and Scott Mosier in fourth. With his usual good starting technique, Harris grabbed the lead into the first set of corners and never yielded the advantage. Burt followed Harris into second place, but quickly spun and found himself shuffled back. After a mostly uneventful race, Harris, Douglas, and Leonardo Del Castillo made up the podium in SRF.
“I thought it was going to be a better race, but then Tom [Burt] spun in turn two and that opened up the gap in the field,” Harris said.
In Spec Miata, Gary Bockman grabbed an early lead from the class pole, with Jason Rawlins and Robert Linse vying for the second and third spots. Joey Jordan was also in the hunt and pressed his advantage when Bockman spun himself down to fourth position. In the end, it was Jordan, Rawlins, and Linse on the podium.
“This is my first time here. I qualified a little off these fast Northwest guys, and I just hung back to learn from them. We’re all about the same speed, so when the leader [Bockman] spun, I was able to take the lead,” Jordan said.
The new Touring 4 class kept their race clean, and Lance Stewart took the win in his Ford Mustang, followed by Oscar Jackson, Jr. and Victor Van Tress. Derrick Ambrose of Vancouver, Washington claimed the B-Spec victory.
In the Group 5 race for Formula B and D Sports Racer, Lucian Pancea led flag to flag for an easy win. Pancea was challenged only by Larry Vollum who dropped out mid-race after losing a wheel. In D Sports Racer, Chris Farrell took the win in his Stohr DSR after challenger Kevin Roggenbuck dropped out with mechanical troubles in his West DSR.