20th Anniversary SCCA Championship Race Weekend a BIG Success!
Willows, CA… The weekend racing program at the Thunderhill Park road course west of Willows was a huge success. Thirty two race classes competed on Friday and again on Saturday. Activity included practice, qualifying and then two big races for each of seven groups. On Sunday thirty plus entrants circled the track for four hours in the 54th running of the Illgen Classic Endurance automobile race. It was a busy weekend.
In between all the wheel-to-wheel drama track officials hosted a special celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Thunderhill Park. Dignitaries included: Chairman of the Glenn County Board of Supervisors John Viegas and his wife, District 3 supervisor Steven Soeth and his wife; Supervisor Mike Murray plus former Glenn County Supervisors Dick Mudd and his wife Rieta along with Marylyn Baker and her family. The California Highway Patrol was represented by Sargent Spiess. The City of Willows had councilmembers Gary Hansen and Terry Taylor. Track founder and long-time SCCA member Tom McCarthy addressed the crowd along with current SCCA Regional Executive Mike Smith. All present praised the presence of Thunderhill Park in the area these past twenty years and expressed optimism for the long term growth and development of the park including the latest addition to the track called, “Thunderhill West”.
Racing action determined the 2013 SCCA class point series champions in thirty two classes with race wins recorded by: David Ray in Spec Mustang; David Allen in E-Production; Robert Davies in GT-1; Spencer Trenery in GT-2; Dan Mairani in Improved Touring-E; Michael Skeen in Super Production; Connie Bogan in Touring-1; Jim Davenport in C-Sports Racer; Michael Guess in D-Sports Racer; Vince Gaddini in Formula Atlantic; Sam McCord in Formula-C; Guy Tolomeo in Formula-E; John Weed in Formula Mazda; Renny Damon in Formula-S; David Vodden in Super Touring-Lite; Will Clark in Super Touring-Under; Rusty Dees in Improved Touring-S; Denny Renfrow in Club Ford; Chuck Ragio in Formula Continental; Keith Nunes in Formula Ford; Brian Swanson in Formula V; Quinn in Formula VF; Barrett Tilley in Spec Miata; Roland Camber in Sealed Spec Miata; Perry Richardson in Spec racer Ford; J.D. Edwards in E-30; Clair Holdaway in F-Production; John Becker in H- Production; Geri Armani in Improved Touring-A; and Jeff Francis in Improved Touring-B. Drivers took the green flag and ran a timed distance looking for the top spot in their 25 minute races.
On Sunday thirty one SCCA racers took the green flag at 12:50pm and raced through two required ten minute pit stops and up to 118 laps to complete the 54th Annual Illgen Endurance automobile race by 4:50 pm. Three yellow flags slowed the event for crashes where all drivers were OK. At the end the overall winner and first place team in the Sports Racer-Under category was Steven Zadig. Zadig from Palo Alto, Ca. completed 118 laps of the three mile track and posted a best lap time of 1:48.486. Zadig had one co-driver. The Sports Racer- Over category went to Mike Skeen from South Park Pennsylvania in a C-Sports Racer. Skeen’s team of three drivers completed 116 laps and recorded a best lap time of 1:45.362. Next up was Spenser Trenery in the Prepared-Over class driving a Porsche 966. Trenery raced with his dad to complete 116 laps and post a best lap of 1:52.155. The Spec Racer class was won by Willows resident Mike Smith and partner Jonathan Allen from Laguna Beach, Ca. They completed 108 laps. Their best time was 2:02.617. The Spec Miata glass win went to John Grillos who was joined by two team mates to complete 105 laps. The teams best time was 2:06.386. David Vodden of Willows ran the four-hour event solo and won in Prepared-Under with a best lap of 2:06.501. He was driving one of his two wining Mazda Miata’s.
While the season is over for the Sports Car Club of America, Thunderhill Park has a number of special race events remaining on the schedule including: a Fabulous Vintage Race Classic on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. This event will honor former District 3 Supervisor Dick Mudd and include a special dinner at the Memorial Hall on Sycamore Street Saturday night. For reservations call the track office at 934-5588 e 101. The final Teen Car Control Clinic for young drivers will take place on Friday November 20. Parents may sign up their teen-age drivers by accessing the track’s web page. The track’s biggest event by far, the eleventh running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill will take place on Saturday and Sunday December 7th and 8th. Drivers from all over the world will lap the fifteen course for twenty-five hours straight in what has become one of the biggest and best known “cult motor
For information about all the remaining days on the Thunderhill Park calendar go to www.thunderhill.com and click on the calendar page. For winter bookings including catering and the club house call 934-5588 ext. 103.