Thornton and Nearburg share the spoils!

Thornton and Nearburg share the spoils!

Race 1 saw Greg Thornton (Lotus 91/5) set off at his usual blistering speed, followed closely by the tall Texan, Charles Nearburg in his Williams FW07B. The chase lasted the entire race and they finished 1-2, pulling away from positions 3-4-56-7. This 2nd pack were glued together and was made up of Chris Farrell (March 821), Erich Joiner (Williams FWO8-C), Danny Baker (McLaren M23), Martin Lauber (Penske PC4) & Chris Locke (Lotus 770

The next group 8th through 10th competing within the race was Chris Bender (Arrows A6), Ron Maydon (LEC CRP1) and Steve Romak in his March 761. They finished without incident and the spectators loved hearing those engines roaring.

Race 2 saw Greg Thornton stall at the start and spend the rest of the race threading his way to the front, eventually managing to reach 3rd place. It was a great drive considering where he found himself at the start of the race and the spectators enjoyed seeing that fight! Charles Nearburg looked confident the entire race and won easily with Erich Joiner following in 2nd place. Chris Farrell drove a great race to come in 4th with Steve Hartley’s (Arrows A4) just behind.

James Hagan finished 6th in his Tyrrell 011. Danny Baker used his Laguna track experience well to come in 7th after battling with Steve Romak until he slowed down and stopped. Chris Bender repeated his morning performance to finish 8th. Chris Locke is his ex-Mario Andretti Lotus 77 slipped to 9th from his morning 5th with Ron Maydon right on his tail in 10th.

It was a treat to see these powerful cars being used as they were meant to be, racing flat out. A fitting ending to the Pre Reunion. Lots to look forward to at the Reunion event next weekend!