Nearburg romps to victory in Masters USA Race 1 at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca

Nearburg romps to victory in Masters USA Race 1 at Weathertech Raceway

Texan Charles Nearburg repeated his morning performance to win Race 1 with his 1980 Williams FW07B. The only issue was a track with little grip made worse by oil. Greg Thornton moved up one position to second as he came to grip with his Lotus 91. Bud Moeller moved up three places to take the third spot. The ’85 Tyrrell 012 of Steve Romak ended the afternoon in fourth, an improvement from eight in the first session.

Jamie Constable again was fifth quickest and first non-ground effect car home! With Moeller and Romak moving up positions someone had to move back down the order and that was unfortunately Cal Meeker who ended up in sixth after an unforced error.

Chris Farrell had issues getting to grip with the track, but had a reasonably good afternoon to push his 82 March 821 up of two positions to seventh. Also improving two positions was Ron Maydon in his ’77 LEC CRP1 who kept Chris Locke’s Lotus 77 at bay throughout the race. The Marlborough livered McLaren M30 of Sean Allen rounded out the top ten. Dalmo de Vasconcelos was happy with the car but less so with himself and is hoping to be quicker in the morning. The mechanical fuel pump failed on John Delane’s Tyrrell 002 as he was leaving the pit lane so was happy with his thirteenth position!

After his morning brake issue Michael Eckstein (Williams FX3b) had to pushed out of the pit lane due to having no first hear but, once on track, he finally got some track time and came in 14th. Nick Colyvas was also finally able to put some mileage on the ’74 March 741 of Martin Lauber. Martin had a DFV failure at the last event and today was spent running in the new engine. Chris MacAllister had a repeat of the morning’s oil leak in the Ferrari 312 T2 and his crew is facing a significant rebuild. Hopefully they’ll be back for next weekend’s race.