Bennett wins Race 1 but Engen hits back for Race 2!

Bennett wins Race 1 but Engen hits back for Race 2!

Sunday was a perfect sunny day in Northern California for day 2 of a two-day event. The Masters Endurance Legends USA were first up with their 40-minute morning session, Race 1.

Craig Bennett (Lola 12/80) shot to the lead ahead of smooth driving Travis Engen (Audi R8 LMP) with Spencer Trenery (Riley XI Gen 1 Daytona Prototype) challenging Engen lap after lap, all three passed Erich Joiner (Lola B2K10) who’d originally qualified 3rd.

The trio hung on to their placings and lead to win the race over the mid-pack in pursuit. Mark Brannon (Riley ScottMK3C), Steve Zacchia (Ferrari 550 GT1) and Charles Nearburg (Chevrolet Corvette C6R), Chandler Briscoe (Corvette C5R) and Tom Plucinsky (BMW M3GT) were in the chasing pack and finished the race in that order. The last two rounding out the top ten were Peter Racely (Audi R8LMS) and Scooter Gabel (BMW M3).

But it was the afternoon Race 2 that held everyone’s rapt attention. The fight for the lead between Travis Engen and Spencer Trenery was great to watch as they diced for first position, the lead changing more than once. They were nose to tail until the halfway point when the mandatory pit stops began. When they resumed Craig Bennett (Lola12/80), who started from the back of the grid and had been a distant 3rd trying to catch the two lead guys, managed to tuck right behind Engen which lead to some very close and exciting racing in the closing laps. Bennett even did a very tidy 360 spin at turn 8, continued on, and then another nicely recovered wobble at turn 11, near the BMW of Tom Plucinsky neither of which didn’t seem to slow Bennett in the slightest. Engen was triumphant in the end, from Bennett and Trenery in Trenery in 3rd. A terrific way to cap off the Pre Reunion!