22 JANUARY 2019 scca.com
Prepared Front Wheel Drive
Traction was the theme throughout the Prepared
Front class. David Capesius went through the course
flogging the turbo of his SRT4, demanding more
speed and traction, while Robert Seelig commanded
his CRX Si with control, drifting through corners at
times. It was a dance of skill and talent, with a dose
of luck in there as they plowed through the courses
hoping their cars would stick when needed.
And the battle between these two was almost nonstop. Seelig kept Capesius on the ropes from course
one, run one, through to course two, run four, but
Capesius was relentless and cut Seelig’s lead to a skinny
0.132sec before the end of Saturday’s competition.
When Sunday’s runs resumed the competition, it was
still anyone’s game. Capesius threw down a 67.8sec
first run, but Seelig bested it with a 67. 6; Capesius then
blasted out a quick 66.0sec second run with Seelig
crossing the line barely a tick over a 66.1. But the final
runs of the National Championship delivered the answer
Capesius was looking for – his 63.133 crowned him
the champion when Seelig ran 0.879sec slower with
a 64.012, putting Capesius ahead by just 0.635sec.
Stock All Wheel Drive
Stock All’s 18-car class was largely a Subaru vs. Mitsubishi battle,
although there was a Ford and an Audi adding spice to the
mix. Unsurprisingly, there was one specific year and model of
Mitsubishi present (2006 Evo), and a sizeable variety of Subarus.
To be blunt – Z.B. Lorenc put a hurtin’ on the class in his
Subaru, besting second-place Jan Gerber in his borrowed Evo
by nearly 16sec to make this Lorenc’s second championship
in a row. Lorenc was incredibly consistent and absolutely clean
during the event. It might have been a closer contest, but a
loose charge pipe at the starting line on Peter Schaefer’s Evo
knocked him down from a close second to an eventual fifth place.
Josh Armatrout, meanwhile, gave hope to those owning
Stock All Wheel Drive cars built in the last decade that are
also not Subarus or Mitsubishis by taking third place in his
2016 Ford Focus RS over Steve Ducharme in his Evo IX.
The fight for the sixth and final trophy spot came down to
penalties, with Mike Holzinger’s clean driving in his WRX beating
out Charles Wright’s one cone in his RS by less than a second.
On a side note, as a spectator, this class was nutty
to watch – a total blast. Even during their final runs,
these drivers were still flinging clods of earth hither
and yon while clawing around the course.