30 DECEMBER 2019 scca.com
Super Touring Lite racers always put on a good show, and this
year was certainly no exception.
Defending STL National Champion
Danny Steyn qualified on the Tire
Rack pole in the Nelson/OPM/G-Loc Brakes Mazda MX- 5, with
Runoffs veteran Cliff Ira in the
Gordon Ira, Jr./MD Acura Integra
GSR on the outside of the front
row. Chris Haldeman in his Miata
and Greg Maloy in his Honda
CRX made up the second row.
Steyn moved into the lead
at the green flag and held that
position through to the end.
However, Haldeman was not
about to let Steyn drive away.
Haldeman kept the pressure
on Steyn while Ira watched
from the third position.
In the seventh lap, Ira
caught up to Haldeman and
briefly passed for second place,
but then went deep into a
corner and slipped out wide,
allowing Haldeman to regain
the position. While Ira and
Haldeman did their dance, Steyn
extended his lead to 2.5secs.
Haldeman and Ira
continued their close race for
another two laps until they
encountered lap traffic. Ira got
the worst of it, and sixth-place
qualifier Bob Beede caught
up to challenge for third
place in his Honda Civic Si.
By the 12th lap, it looked
like Steyn would run away with
the win. He navigated lap traffic
brilliantly and held more than
a six second lead over the field
when he suddenly spun off
Ira, with Haldeman another
1.8sec back for third.
The race and the podium
finish had a special significance
to Ira, whose father and two
brothers are all Runoffs veterans.
“My dad got this all started,
and he was on the podium in
G Production in 1970,” Ira
explained. “He passed away
this year, and at the end of the
day, I want to thank him.”
For Steyn, he extended
a fairly philosophical view of
the class during a post-race
interview. “STL is turning out to
be a really beautiful class that
keeps a lot of different people
interested,” he said. “Everybody’s
lending a hand to everybody,
and I feel privileged to be part
of a group of racers who do
that. We are one big family.”
the track at Oak Tree corner.
“I went into Oak Tree just a
little hot and it got away from
me,” Steyn admitted. “The rear
end stepped out and I parked the
car, switched it off, and sat waiting
for the dust to disappear so
I could figure out which direction
to go. Fortunately, it started
immediately. I put it in first and
took off just in front of Chris.”
Steyn held his lead, but his
cushion was gone. With two laps
to go, he led by just 0.895sec.
But Haldeman and Ira weren’t
done with each other just yet. Ira
came up to challenge Haldeman
for second in the final laps of
the race and made the pass
for second. Ira clocked the fast
lap of the race, breaking the
lap record with a 2:07.273.
At the flag, Steyn carried
a margin of 2.721sec over
SUPER TOURING LITE
RACE 5 | FRIDAY | OCT. 11, 2019 | 1:00 P.M.
Mazda MX- 5
GOING IN HOT
(TOP RIGHT) Danny Steyn backed up his 2018 STL title with a near
flawless run. (BELOW) 2014 STL champ Cliff Ira reset the lap record
on his way to the runner-up finish. (BOT TOM RIGH T) Chris Haldeman
kept the pressure on Steyn in the early running, but his pace suffered
in the late stages of the race and he fell to third behind Ira.