Trans Am West Coast Championship heads for Thunderhill
With three rounds in 4 weeks, it’s been a shotgun begin to the 2021 Trans Am Collection introduced by Pirelli West Coast Championship season. After internet hosting back-to-back occasions at Sonoma Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in April, the Trans Am West Coast Championship heads North to complete its California tour at Thunderhill Raceway Park this weekend Could 14-16.
The burgeoning West Coast TA2 discipline will headline the all class 100-mile race on Sunday, taking the inexperienced with the SuperGT (SGT) class at 12:45 p.m. Pacific.
TA2 rookie Carl Rydquist nestled himself into the category factors lead following a victory at Sonoma and a top-five end at Laguna. The California resident is undefeated at Thunderhill, taking back-to-back SGT class victories in his prototype in 2019 and in 2020 on his strategy to declare the general class title final season.
Friday will mark Rydquist’s first try on the three-mile circuit within the No. 47 Racecars4Rent/GroupWholesale Ford Mustang, however with greater than 950 laps across the unique Thunderhill East course in numerous different automobiles, Rydquist is assured that he can proceed his successful streak with American muscle.
“We’re beginning to set right into a groove,” mentioned Rydquist. “We’re trying ahead to Thunderhill very a lot. I’ve received over 950 laps there and am excited to cross 1000, ideally in first place. As a racer I discover the structure to be among the best there’s, tremendous enjoyable and particular, nearly each flip takes a special talent and perfection pays off massive time. I’ll be pouring over the information instantly to verify we’re performing as wanted to race for the win.”
Solely three factors separate first from second place within the TA2 factors standings. Nevertheless, second-place Brad McAllister will miss Spherical 3 and return to the grid later this season, leaving the door open for Tim Lynn to make up some floor within the championship. Seeking to construct off his successful momentum at Laguna, Lynn (No. 17 Roof Choices Ford Mustang) trails first place by 10 factors and solely wants eight to overhaul second.
In SGT, two drivers John Schweitzer and Rudy Revak will go head-to-head seeking to push Rob Crocker out of the factors lead. Collection rookie Crocker constructed an 11-point hole over second-place Schweitzer (No. 00 Superior Builders Inc Holden Monaro) with two victories in his opening races. Crocker will miss Thunderhill, giving Schweitzer the chance to take the factors lead heading into Spherical 4. Nevertheless, Schweitzer must get via rookie SGT driver Revak’s No. 60 Racecars4Rent Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Solely two factors separate Schweitzer and Revak, and with 30 factors on the desk, both might take the championship lead, respectively.
Native favourite Greg Pickett was slated to return out of retirement to defend his monitor document and search for one other TA win at Thunderhill. Nevertheless, as a consequence of conflicts, Pickett must sit this spherical out, however the 73-year-old has plans to edge himself again on the grid later this season.
“It was actually enjoyable watching Chris win at Sonoma and my good friend Tomy Drissi race at Laguna,” mentioned Pickett. “We examined at Thunderhill with full intent of racing however I’ve 12 grandkids, and we have now karting races. I’m itching to get again within the race automobile however Trans Am followers must wait… I hope not for lengthy.”
The weekend begins on Friday with non-compulsory testing, adopted by two practices (10:10am and 12:10pm PT) and an all-class qualifying (1:40pm PT) on Saturday. The weekend will culminate on Sunday with at with a 35 laps (or 75 minutes) race at 12:45pm Pacific. Dwell timing and scoring will likely be obtainable all weekend at www.gotransam.com/livetiming.
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