October 5 - 7 - 2016

CRSG Charity Challenge

LOCATION: SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

NEAREST AIRPORT: SAN FRANCISCO

RACE REPORT

It's been an action-packed weekend at CSRG Charity Challenge 2018 at Sonoma Raceway, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and a stunning Pacific Coastline.

 


Steve Romak took the chequered flag in Saturday’s Masters USA race 1. Steve had set his Tyrrell 012 on pole in the morning’s qualifying and led from flag to flag. This weekend’s event is the fourth and final event for Masters USA 2018 North American tour.

After a great battle with Steve Romak, Martin Lauber brought his March 741 home second, 1.639 seconds behind Romak after 10 laps, but did post the quickest lap of the race at 1.30.832.

The first seven drivers all finished in their qualifying order. Nicholas Colyvas’s Tyrrell 007 was 15.994 seconds behind the winner. The Shadow DN3 of Tim De Silva was also only seconds back. The fifth through seventh drivers, Danny Baker, Ron Maydon and Chris Locke were within 1.5 seconds of each other, but well behind Romak’s Tyrrell. The whole Masters USA grid was close together throughout the race.

While Sean Allen worked his McLaren M30 up to ninth after starting at the back of the field, Doug Mockett had an uneventful drive after starting and finishing tenth in his Wolf WR8. The Shadow DN9 of Charles Warner slipped back to eleventh after starting ninth. Ethan Shippert had qualified Dalmo De Vasconcelos eleventh, but DNF with a very flat sounding Cosworth DFV due to ignition issues. John Delane and Michael Eckstein brought their Tyrrell 002 and Williams FX3B home twelfth and thirteenth, one lap behind.

Highlight of the day - Howden Ganley visited his former Formula One car from 1974 - the white MAKI - which couldn't start due to engine failures. Howden Ganley broke his foot in the MAKI being invovled in an accident at the Nurburgring in 1974.

The final race of Master USA’s 2018 North American series is scheduled for tomorrow starting at 11:15.   

 

Steve Romak repeated his Saturday performance and led the final 2018 Masters USA race from flag to flag. After the loss of second gear halfway through the race in his March 741, Martin Lauber had to surrender second place to the hard charging Tim De Silva Shadow DN3.

Ron Maydon had a lonely drive to fourth in his LEC CRP1. After missing Saturday’s race due to ignition issues, Bud Moeller started at the back of the grid and worked his way up to fifth in the drive of the race. Chris Locke upheld Lotus’s honor bringing his Type 77 in sixth after wrestling with a slippery track. Sean Allen had gearbox problems, first issues with fourth gear and three laps from the end second and third gears went missing. Sean felt fortunate to bring the McLaren M30 in seventh. The March 72G of Steve Cook was the last car to finish the full eleven laps. After resolving exhaust header issues earlier in the weekend, Steve was happy to bring the car in eighth.

Finishing 1 lap down were the Shadow DN9 of Charles Warner, Doug Mockett’s Wolf WR8, the Tyrrell 002 of John Delane and Michael Eckstein with his Williams FX3B. Ethan Shippert had a return of his Saturday gremlins and retired the Tyrrell 010 after eight laps. Danny Baker and Nicholas Colyvas both had to miss Sunday’s race.

Today’s race concludes Master USA’s 2018 North American series.


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