TORA’s ASCC season flipped past its midway point in sunny Monterey, home of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The very short and technical course was sure to challenge drivers especially in the discipline of multi-class sportscars.
Qualifying turned out to be dominated by the Kaido HCR squad, with Boxer being the fastest by quite a strong margin. Motorhead just got the better of Hamish again and Daytona would start fourth. Completing the top split’s DP field were AMS Axel R and TUS Turismo.
In GT, a Usual Suspect found himself on pole again. TUS Switch himself dominating in his BMW. On the front row with him was Koenigsegg R. Behind them were HCR Solar and a strong showing for Ax4x’s Speed Dem0n 64. EVR Liam T and BM Blaus completed the third row.
At the start, an uncharacteristic mistake by HCR Hamish almost took out his teammate but he ended up behind TUS Turismo. Unable to pass, he opted to undercut and run longer stints to the finish. The then leading three HCR cars started to assert an advantage as Boxer was closely tracked by Motorhead.
Hamish brought himself into play after his long fuel run, managing extremely worn tyres and took the lead. However, he was caught by Speed Dem0n 64 - an incident that the stewards handed a post-race penalty to Dem0n for - which ruined his shot for the win.
After the final pit stops were complete, Boxer had a comfortable margin and Motorhead emerged in front of Hamish again, for another showdown to the finish. Daytona was a bit further back fending off Axel R as the latter also elected to box earlier. In the end, HCR Boxer would take his first TORA win ahead of Motorhead who just held off Hamish. The DP field finished as they started.
In GT, it was close at the front. TUS Switch was followed early on by Koenigsegg R and Solar. They would have a battle which wouldn’t be properly settled until the end of the race.
HCR Cerberus was an early profiteer in the early stages as he challenged EVR LiamT and managed to make a pass for fourth from seventh, as BM Blaus found himself caught in a strategy game with SFM’s Darkzer24 and Chair. Also in the mix was AMS RENTA, as the GT field split into three distinct groups early on.
Into the latter stages, HCR Solar passed Koenigsegg R and held the position, allowing TUS Switch to take a perfect hat-trick. HCR Cerberus kept his championship chase strongly with a fourth place ahead of EVR LiamT and BM Blaus.
The championship looks strong for both the classes’ main protagonists. HCR Hamish leads the standings overall ahead of Boxer and Motorhead, tied but split in favour of Boxer with his win. The drop round can also bring the likes of Scottsin x back into play. Kaido HCR Scuderia lead the teams’ championship in pursuit of retaining that title, ahead of TUS Racing and BeastMode.
TUS Switch is just one win from the title, if he wins next time out it means his clean sweep is totally unassailable. HCR Cerberus is the closest challenger. TUS Grizzly and Koenigsegg R can come into play in the latter stages once the drop round is taken into account. Kaido HCR Schnitzer lead the way in GT ahead of BeastMode GT and two SFM entries.
Next round is coming up this weekend at Road America. We can only hope the snow clears in time so we can get the show on the road!
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Article written by Motorhead