Close Competition is the Order of the Day with Autocrossers Incorporated

July 17th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

On a warm Sunday morning, the third event of the Autocrossers
Incorporated (AI) season went green with sixty drivers testing their
cars and driving skills on a twisty and turny autocross course at
Waldorf, Maryland’s Regency Furniture Stadium. At the conclusion of the
event, the top five drivers’ best times were separated by a hair more
than a half a second.

In individual class competition, the closest battle was in Street
Touring Roadster, where Christopher Lin bested Daniel Bragason by 0.294
seconds. Both drivers drove a Toyota MR2 Spyder. Tara Buck beat fellow
Subaru 2.5RS driver Michael Buck to win Street Touring Compact. Jerry
Byrd was a 1.8-second winner in a field of Subaru WRXs in Street Touring
Ultra. Thomas Kohl won Street Touring Extreme in his BMW 1 Series, while
Craig Stuard won X Prepared in a Factory Five Roadster. Philip Emad was
the F Street Prepared winner in a Honda Civic.

The fastest raw time of the day was set by Kart Modified driver James
Newman.

There are a number of classes that are made up of many different kinds
of cars, handicapped with PAX multipliers to handicap the entrants.
Three of these classes are for stock-class cars on road tires, broken
into front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive. Rob
Kiernan was the all-wheel drive winner, taking the class in his D Stock
Subaru WRX. The front-wheel drive winner was Dan Myer, driving a Mini
Cooper. A large eight-driver rear-wheel drive class was won by Khalid
Ismail, who drove his Mazda MX-5 to the win by just two tenths of a
second over his co-driver Kamran Bakhtian.

The Novice class is also PAX-adjusted in an attempt to handicap a field
made up of machinery ranging from a Volkswagen Jetta to a 1969 Mustang.
The Jetta, driven by William Gentz, wound up being the winner.

The Pro class saw seventeen drivers post times, and the best of that
bunch was Pat Griffith, who drove his PG Tools-sponsored Camaro to a
three-tenths of a second win over Kevin Henry’s BMW 325i. Karl Bender
(Pontiac Trans Am) was third, followed by Darren Mass (Honda Civic) and
Phil Knowles (Chevrolet Camaro SS).

All eyes were on the battle for top PAX time of the day, which came down
to the last runs of the day. Christopher Lin set a fast time early but
had to watch as Pat Griffith made a late run to make it interesting. Lin
wound up holding on, with a winning margin of just 0.128 seconds after
PAX handicapping.

The next event for Autocrossers Incorporated will be again at Regency
Furniture Stadium on August 11. Registration ($35 for SCCA members, $45
for non-members) is open now. Information on autocross in general,
Autocrossers Incorporated in particular, and links to registration can
all be found on the club’s Web site, http://www.autocrossersinc.com

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