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Old 04-24-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Huge Turn-Out at the Season Opening Solo Weekend!

Article submitted by Kevin W. (k-dogg39). Photos thanks to Tim (Tim.Flat4).

Wow! What a first weekend to start out the Solo (autocross) season!

Saturday started off with the Solo School and Test & Tune.

This is such a great start to the season, it provides the opportunity to beginners (or Veterans) to be able to come out and take a class taught by Solo School Chief Instructor Dean Benz in the morning and move on to driving obstacles and courses in the afternoon. There were approximately 30 students and many volunteer instructors and test-n-tuners.

Instructors and test-n-tuners are able to drive the course elements while students are attending the class. The elements consist of a skid pad with a constant radius or a figure 8, slalom of varying difficulty, as well as a short portion of a course. Once the class is finished students head to their cars to drive while instructors join them in the passenger seat. Students rotate through the entire course elements learning valuable techniques.

After a brief lunch break, a full auto cross course is set up. Dean leads a guided course walk for instruction on what to look for and how to attack certain areas of the course. Then back to driving! Students ride along in the instructors cars for a couple runs then get in their own cars to drive the course. Great times were had by all attendees!

Sunday brought us to Round #1!

What an incredible turnout we had for the morning run groups. People just kept showing up. With approximately 130 drivers attending the event, it may have been our largest opening round ever.

The day started off with the blue run group which consists of the Prepared competition class (BP, CP, DP, EP, FP, GP, XP), Street Prepared 2 competition class (DSP, ESP, FSP), Tuner competition class, and the Vintage Competition class.

Then came the green run group which consists of the Stock 1 competition class (AS, ASR, BS, BSR, SS, SSR), Stock 2 competition class (CS, CSR, ES, ESR, FS, FSR), and the Stock 3 competition class (DS, DSR, GS, GSR, HS, HSR). The afternoon had a few less participants than in the morning.

The White run group started off the afternoon sessions. This group consists of the Street modified competition class (SM, SMF, SSM, SU), and the Street Touring competition class (STC, STF, STR, STS, STU, STX).

The final run group was the yellow group which consists of the CAM competition class, Junior Karts competition class (JA, JB, JC), the Modified competition class (AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, FM, FSAE, KM) and the Street prepared 1 competition class (ASP, BSP, CSP, SSP).

On to the results!

Top Raw Time went to Bryan Nelson in the Lotus with a 42.371, followed by Ahren Renner 0.470 from first and Kevin Weiss 0.610 from first place.

Top Open PAX was taken by Ahren Renner with a PAX time of 35.463, Patty Evans was 0.337 from first followed by last year’s open PAX champion Matt Roy who was 0.395 from first then John Evans 0.412 from first. Should be a fantastic battle for the open PAX championship this year!

Top Ladies PAX went to Roxanne Fertitta in her mini cooper with a time of 38.915. Shawnda Purdy was 1.485 behind first and Lia Jackman 5.744 from first.

Stock One:
Last year’s reigning champion for the class Alex Rademacher came out claiming first place in event one edging out David Jansen by 0.219 and Nick Clarke by 0.595. Looks like it could be a fight shaping up for the championship in this class.

Stock Two:
Dean Benz came out of his hiatus to claim first place in his new (to him) auto-x Miata. Debbie Kerswill borrowed Dean’s car and came in 0.298 behind. They were followed by Rich McSwiggin who was 1.144 from first.

Stock Three:
With one of the narrowest margins of victory Patty Evans managed to edge out last year’s Stock three champ Matt Roy by 0.058 with John Evans right on their heels behind Patty by 0.075. This could be an epic mini battle all year long!

Matt Roy attacks the course in his D-Street classed Mini

Roxanne Fertitta took home first in Stock three ladies with a time of 47.749.

Street Touring:
Another close battle here on opening weekend. Vic Chalk came out on top with Nathan Gabriel in his Miata just behind by 0.154, and Renee Chalkette at 0.794 behind Vic. Rumor has it that Vic may not make many events this year so the class could be up for grabs.

Street Prepared One:
Two year reigning champion in this class Joe Ysais came out ahead thanks to the street tire modifier as he snuck ahead of Bryan Nelson in his lotus by 0.339. Anthony Arreygue was just behind them in 3rd place.

Shawnda Purdy won Street Prepared One Ladies in an STi with a 46.651 time.

Street Prepared Two:
Last year’s class champion Ahren Renner sure didn’t look rusty at all in the season opener. He even let Nick Johnson borrow his car (and warm the tires) to drive in the class and Ahren showed him how it is done by throwing down a 42.841 raw, Nick was 0.919 in class behind Ahren. They were followed by Michael Johnson in 3rd.

Street Modified:
2013 Champion Kevin Weiss came out ahead in the class in his Subaru STi Frankenwagon, beating out Josh Brandenburg by 0.979, and Chris Dewey didn’t get any favors from the Street tire factor as he was in 3rd in the borrowed Godzilla (GTR) by 1.007.

Lia Jackman finished first in SM Ladies.

Scott Knauf’s Datsun 510 held together and posted top time in this class with Robert Morrison just behind by 0.534. John Arnold in his beautiful Corvair took home 3rd.

Vintage class cars from Scott Knauf (Datsun 510) and John Arnold (Corvair) on grid

Don Smith knocked the cob webs out after his first two runs improving by almost 2 seconds on his third run. He posted the top time in this class with a 45.270. Ian Kono was just behind by 0.150 followed by Bart Miller at 0.742 from first.

Classic American Muscle:
The new class of American muscle cars debuted for the first weekend of competition. Chris Miller was able to come back and take the class after he had a mechanical issue in the morning. Chris posted a 48.092 just sneaking in front of Chuck Tischler by 0.047. Chris Peterson ended in 3rd.

So many new drivers showed up to test the limits of their cars. Ken Ueno posted top raw time in the class but it was while not running for points. Chuck Cook in his Corvette took home the class win with a 44.838 time followed by Kameron Baker, then Reid Fletcher.

Thank you to all of the Chiefs, volunteers, instructors, team solo, and everyone for coming out to make this an awesome start to the solo season!
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Thanks Kevin for the awesomely detailed write up! And thanks to Tim for sharing his pictures, see more at http://www.automotivedigression.com/.

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Great write-up, thank you guys
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Kevin! Loved the write-up.
Thanks for pics, Tim!
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