Romak and Thornton share the honours at Sonoma Speed Festival
The Masters Historic Formula One USA cars were a hit at the Sonoma Speed Festival! The spectators clearly appreciated the sight and sounds of these cars in action. Huge cheers were heard in appreciation, at the thrill of seeing these iconic cars zoom by.
In Saturday’s Race 1, James Hagan (Tyrrell 011) had an unfortunate spin at the beginning of the Carousel. He couldn’t restart the car again which caused a 3-laps safety car period to recover the car. The race winner was Californian native Steve Romak (1985 Tyrrell 012-6), who qualified on pole and enjoyed a great race with Greg Thornton from the UK (1982 Lotus 91/5) who challenged him the entire run.
“Its lots more fun when someone is in your mirrors the entire time.” Romak said afterwards! It was a fair fight with Romak never closing the door on Thornton during the race. Thornton pledged to “pass him tomorrow on Sunday, it’s against the rules to pass on Saturdays!” The two finished with less than a couple of nano seconds between them!
Nick Colyvas (Tyrrell 007) drove well coming in third, the top three taking positions just as they had qualified. The next five drivers were all within a second of each other, setting the scene for an exciting Race 2. Chris Locke (Lotus 77) and Bud Moeller (Ensign MN179) had a great time racing each other further down the field!
Danny Baker (McLaren M23) was unlucky in race 1, losing power in the last few laps and pulling off on Lap 10
! Sunday’s Race 2 was welcomed with great weather and full Californian sunshine. The pre-grid lined up with Steve Romak (1985 Tyrrell 112-6) on pole, who was the quickest all weekend in every session, followed by Greg Thornton (1982 Lotus 91/5) and Nicolas Colyvas in his 1974 Tyrrell 007.
It was an exciting race, with no clear winners from the start. Thornton and Romak enjoyed a good battle which was won by Greg Thornton, who took 1st place. Romak took 2nd and Nick Colyvas, third.
Bud Moeller (Ensign MN179), a very experienced contender at this track, came in fifth after Martin Lauber (1974 March 741) who had started 2nd.
Ron Maydon (LEC CRP1) came in 7th having moved up a position. There were enough position changes to keep the spectators’ full, undivided attention on the race!
Romak said “Thornton came close to a critical corner and I had to let him pass”. Nick Colyvas said his goal was to pass Martin Lauber today! A nice compliment from Chris Locke for Ron Maydon, saying it’s great to be a part of his Masters Series on both sides of the Atlantic.
Charles Warner (Shadow DN9) had an unlucky race, having to park the car up towards the very end of the race.
Masters Historic Formula One USA is next up at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada and Road America next and then two weekends in August at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for Monterey Car Week.