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Jackson had made up some time after first runs but couldn't go any faster, while Larsson kept improving on her rain tires.
060_SC1109 10/7/09 12:29 PM EVENT REPORT Toby Larsson and his 1999 BMW came close, finishing Nationals for years. [Lincoln Airpark] is E Prepared Ladies Tuesday’s first heat action on the West Course only like the old Salina and Forbes days. This T he defending champion would not defend – Jennifer Parker was home in Hawaii nine months pregnant – so a 0.037sec off the pace set by Thomas. The defending champ’s 1971 Datsun 240Z had a 56.606 on his final run, While Mike Tews’ Z car was in third and Mark Berry’s 2003 is the way it ought to be. This is home.” F Prepared Ladies first-time champion was guaranteed. When the fourth heat was wrapped, it would end up being Parker’s mother Mitsubishi Evolution was in fourth. Tom Holt’s 280Z broke during first runs and he co-drove the rest of the event in Berry’s AWD Evo, which was quite a change of pace. F Prepared Ladies wasn’t a nail biter like the Open class, at least on the first day. Beverlee Larsson’s 57.618 in claiming the jacket, Amy Lee, who flew On Wednesday’s East Course, Thomas looked to have her BMW would give her a 3sec lead in from Hawaii and returned to Tom another win under his belt with a 56.448 final run for a over Tricia Jackson’s Porsche during the Ellam’s Mazda RX-3, which she had last 113.054 total. That was until Larsson ran a 56.2, which midday runs on the West Course. driven in 2006. The other competitor would have been enough for the win except for the two However, Wednesday’s rainy but was Charina Hansen driving Robert cones that were added. He ended up in second place, drying third heat conditions changed Chrismas’ Civic Si. 0.632sec back. Berry took third, Holt moved up to fourth things a bit for the East Course. Jackson Lee DNF’d her first runs both pushing Tews to fifth. Aaron Goldsmith took the final trophy. had made up some time after first runs Thursday and Friday, but recovered to With Thomas claiming four in a row, the three-peat but couldn’t go any faster, while Larsson set West Course FTD of 61.833 to pattern is broken. The championship count is actually five kept improving on her rain tires. Hansen’s 63.3. Hansen was quickest on in FP, counting a 1991 win, and a record book best of 16 in Eventually, her 66.717 would give the East at 63.942sec to Lee’s 64.3. Open classes when his 11-win streak in EP is included. It’s Larsson a 124.335sec total for a When times were tallied, Lee had Interesting to realize that tiny Mississippi Region has 14 commanding 7.8sec win. 126.147, winning by 1.158sec. trophy finishes over the years and Thomas has 13 of them. However, it was not without some There are SCCA regions just a day trip “This is my third event of the year,” Thomas said. “I ran personal drama. “Our clutch slave down I-80 from Lincoln who didn’t send the car exactly the same way as it was at Forbes Field. The cylinder went out during the ProSolo as many competitors to the 2009 only changes are the new vents in the hood to give it more Finale and it’s hard to find one out here. Nationals as Hawaii Region this year. cooling and the debut of the new spoiler. I was talking to We had some friends fly one out with And, this year, Hawaii had two some of the older guys who have been here and running them from California and we installed it champions on the same day (also winning STUL in the first heat). Now, when will we see someone fly in from Guam or Guayacán Puerto Rico Regions? Liz Leckey F PREPARED John Thomas F Prepared Missippi Region F Prepared has been a class of three- peats. In the 1980s, Andrew Craig won three of the first four times the class Zee Racing Datsun 240Z was run. In the 1990s, Craig Nagler took three in a row. The past nine years has seen a hat trick of hat tricks, triplets by Greg Fordahl, then Chris Cox and finally John Thomas. Now, there has been an influx of more modern machinery the last few years and people were wondering if new would finally replace old at the top of the class. F PREPARED 1. John Thomas Miss Datsun 240Z 113.054 2. Toby Larsson CSCC BMW E36 113.686 3. Mark Berry Tex Mitsubishi Evo VIII 115.082 4. Tom Holt LnSt Mitsubishi Evo VIII 115.585
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