Prepared Rear Wheel Drive
There may have been 10 cars in the Prepared Rear
Wheel Drive class (and a surprisingly diverse 10 cars, too,
with everything from Miatas to FR-S’s to a BMW 318ti, a
Mercury Cougar, and even a Mercedes E55), but it turned
into a two-driver show both battling in NB Miatas.
Myles Gertz and Shawn Roberts led the pack in the group almost
from run one. These two drivers seemed evenly matched in their
Miata’s as they traded the lead back and forth, with only Eric Adams
in an FR-S keeping pace (and that was only for the first run).
Roberts – it should be noted, wheeling a unicorn themed
car – scored a lucky break when Gertz suffered a mishap with a
cone on the fourth run of course two, but that wasn’t enough
to ensure the unicorn’s safety. So, Gertz ended Saturday with a
1.571sec advantage over Roberts – but would it be enough?
When Sunday morning arrived, and the Prepared Rear group took
to the course, Gertz gave a pretty definitive answer to that question
with a resounding “yes.” His first run on Sunday took that advantage
and added significantly to it, stopping the clock 2.68sec faster than
Roberts. Roberts shot back with a quick 68.2sec run, but it was only
1.4sec faster than the second run Goertz logged. Even then, Roberts
didn’t give up, besting Goertz on the final run by another 1.3sec.
But time advantage Goertz had previously logged was too much to
overcome and Goertz took the win nearly 1.6sec over Roberts.
Prepared All Wheel Drive
The Prepared All class was a battle of two Marks – and between
them, they obliterated the competition. 2017 PA Champion
Mark Macoubrie, commanding his WRX STI with precise
discipline, and Mark Hill, driving his Evo IX with wild abandon,
rocked the class, leaving third place some 43sec behind.
Macoubrie’s opening shot of the event was an impressive
1.3sec faster than Hill’s attempt, and he kept that intensity rolling
as he logged faster times than Hill through all course one runs.
Course two saw more of the same, although Hill was keeping
pace enough to recover should Macoubrie ever encounter a
problem. But unfortunately for Hill, it was he who found that
problem – on the final run of course two, Hill tagged a cone.
Into Sunday, however, it was obvious that Hill wasn’t going
down without a fight, as he consistently scored faster times
than Macoubrie. But Macoubrie’s last minute tire change
before his final Sunday run doubled with Hill’s acquired cone
the previous day sealed the deal, and Macoubrie claimed
the Prepared All National Championship by 2.177sec.
Forty-some seconds back, Eric Schaub finished third, Harold
Denham took fourth, and Ron Binckley took the final trophy
position. Of note is that Binkley was 0.002sec away from
fourth; the three cones he accrued on Sunday dropping him
from a potential third-place finish to fifth. Which brings us
back to our Stock Front coverage: just say “no” to cones.