BY ERIC ADAMS
This let them view the action from
high above in relative comfort, as they
were able to stay out of the dust clouds
that are typically generated at
Spectators were treated to a wide
variety of cars, including several stage
rally and hillclimb machines. Car
types ranged from the expected
Subaru, Mitsubishi, and V W, to the
likes of Honda, Volvo, BMW, Audi,
and even Porsche. Those cars also
competed in classes adapted to fit the
needs of the area. The region
traditionally has few rear-wheel-drive
cars show up to compete, so rather
than having a few one- or two-car
classes, the region rolled all three
rear- and front-wheel-drive classes
into their respective two-wheel-drive
classes (similar to the structure the
Modified class used prior to 2012).
The result is more competition, which
the entrants seem to enjoy.
First out were the Modified
two- and four-wheel-drive classes, as
well as two-wheel-drive Prepared cars.
During their first runs, competitors put
down times from 135 to 125 seconds.
As the course got broken in, times
began to fall with a few drivers able to
crack into the 120-second range.
The length of the course made it
necessary to break from the normal
format of each run group getting to
drive in both the morning and the
afternoon. Instead, after the first
group completed their morning runs,
there was a lunch break followed by
the second group getting their chance
to attack the course in the afternoon.
UP IN COLORADO
On Saturday, July 21, 68 competitors (including six novices) and numerous
spectators descended upon Pikes Peak
Int’l Raceway (PPIR) for the sixth event
of Colorado Region’s Rally Cross season.
Clear blue sky, temperatures in high
90s, and the longest course in years
greeted attendees. The course was the
big draw as it was roughly 40-percent
tarmac with four transitions between
the tarmac and dirt, accompanied by
one transition partially covered in
gravel for an extra degree of difficulty.
Many competitors knew arriving at
the paddock early was a key factor to
the event and showed up before 8 a.m.
That strategy paid dividends when they
found out that it took more than 20
minutes to briskly walk the course.
Those who got their course walk
completed noted the layout meant that
knowing how to drive on differing
surfaces was a necessity. Also among
the challenges, was a pair of four-cone
slalom sections, one on tarmac and the
other in dirt.
The spectators were afforded great
vantage points to watch the action
unfold because they were able to
ascend the stairs to the shaded
stairwells and platforms at the back of
the grandstands for the banked oval.
That second group consisted of the
two- and four-wheel-drive Stock class
cars, as well as all-wheel-drive
Prepared cars. As the day wore on,
there were a few places where the
ground wasn’t able to hold up to the
pounding – this resulted in a couple of
delays, but the competitors realized the
need for safety to be top priority. As a
result, competitors were rewarded with
a layout that was about 10 seconds
quicker, allowing the fastest cumulative
time of the day to be achieved in the
all-wheel-drive Stock class.
By the end of the day, the
cumulative scores for most
competitors were in the 500-second
range, which meant that although they
had only four shots at the course, most
drivers had just as much seat time as if
they had received eight passes on an
average length course.
When the dust settled and the tire
squealing stopped and the sounds of
cars being pushed to their limits had
finished echoing off of the grandstands,
the final results were tallied. These
drivers won their respective classes:
Aaron Miller, seen here
at the National
RallyCross earlier in
the season, also
competed at the
Regional in July.
Stock 2: Todd Lawrence (Porsche) 516.913
Stock 4: Mark Malsom (Subaru) 465.607
Prepared 2: Antonio Serracino (Acura)
Prepared 4: Max Lawson (Subaru) 469.721
Modified 2: Aaron Miller (Honda) 496.638
Modified 4: Eric Genack (Subaru) 489.106
Complete results for the event
are available online at
www.coloradorallycross.org, where the
schedule for the remainder of the 2012
season can be found.