August 23 - 26 2018

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

LOCATION: MONTEREY CALIFORNIA, USA

NEAREST AIRPORT: MONTEREY, SAN JOSE (75MILES), SAN FRANCISCO (110MILES)

August 23 - 26 - 2016

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

LOCATION: MONTEREY CALIFORNIA, USA

NEAREST AIRPORT: MONTEREY, SAN JOSE (75MILES), SAN FRANCISCO (110MILES)

RACE REPORT

The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion was again a very special experience for Masters USA.  Large crowds, great weather and some exciting racing made it a fantastic weekend to savour everything that the Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca had to offer over 4 on-track sessions!

 

 

 

 


Masters USA kicked off its activities for this weekend with a 20-minute Free Practice session this morning. Gregory Thornton driving his 1982 JPS Lotus 91 putting the marker down for this coming weekend with the quickest lap to head the timesheets for first practice. Following him was Italian Matteo Ferrer-aza – his Ligier JS11/15 seeming to be on better form this weekend! Steve Romak posted the third best time in his flat-bottomed Tyrrell 012. Charles Nearburg dominated all the sessions last weekend but today he had to settle for fourth quickest.

Timothy de Silva is having his first race in the US this year and his first drive in the ’73 Shadow DN3. De Silvia turned in the fifth best time and with his many miles around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca he is sure to be moving up the grid. Jamie Constable ended sixth and is looking to recover from the disappointment of retiring at last weekend’s race with a broken driveshaft in his Shadow DN8.

Ethan Shippert was back in Phil Reilly’s ’74 Brabham BT44 after missing last weekend and qualified eight. Cal Meeker and Chris Farrell rounded out the top ten in their Tyrrell 009 and March 821 respectively. Martin Lauber is still getting up to speed in his March 741. He’s new to the car and still working on the setup. Bud Moeller was twelfth in his Ensign MN179 followed by Ron Maydon’s ’77 LEC CRP1. Chris Locke was back with his Lotus 77 and the Cosworth DFV was running on all eight cylinders. Sean Allen had gearbox issues with his McLaren M30 and the crew is busy looking in to the Hewland.

Doug Mockett joined Master USA for this weekend with his ’78 Wolf WR6 and qualified 18th. The Ferrari 312T2 of Chris MacAllister ran a lot better after the mishaps of last weekend. Charles Warner and his ’79 Shadow DN9 rejoined the Master USA series after missing last weekend.

With 22 cars taking to the track for this morning sessions it will be the largest Masters USA field this year. The group’s second qualifying session is scheduled for 10:15 tomorrow morning! We look forward to seeing you there.

Timothy de Silva put his local track experience to use this morning and put his ’73 Shadow DN3 on the top of the grid during this morning’s abbreviate Masters USA qualifying session WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Matteo Ferrer-aza repeated yesterday’s performance in his Ligier JS11 to claim second. Friday’s fastest driver, Gregory Thornton slipped to third in his Lotus 91.

The Tyrrell 010 driven by Mike Cantillon posted the fourth best time, moving up 3 positions from Friday. Charles Nearburg hasn’t yet recaptured his form in his Williams FW07B from the previous race weekend and is sitting in fifth position. As others improved their times, someone had to move back and Steve Romak slid from third yesterday to sixth today. Ethan Shippert and Cal Meeker both moved up one place in their Brabham BT44 and Tyrrell 009.

Martin Lauber broke into the top 10 with a ninth place on the grid in his March 741. Rounding out the top 10 was Ron Maydon in his LEC CRP1. Twenty-two cars started the session, but it was called off early when oil spilled in Turn 2 took too long to cleanup.

Master USA Race 1 is scheduled for 10:00 tomorrow morning – lets see what happens then when we go racing!

Ferrer-aza takes first Masters USA win!
Masters USA – Race 1

Matteo Ferrer-aza (Ligier JS11) and Timothy de Silva (Shadow DN3) swapped positions to finish one-two in this morning’s Masters USA race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Ferrer-aza's pass of pole sitter de Silva around the outside in Turn 11 was the move of the race and a demonstration of car control and maturity from both drivers.

Charles Nearburg brought his Williams FW07B home in third after starting fifth. Ethan Shippert was fourth in the ’74 Brabham BT44 at the expense of Mike Cantillon (Tyrrell 010) and Steve Romak (Tyrrell 012) who both sipped back from their fourth and sixth starting positions. Cal Meeker brought his ’79 Tyrrell 009 home in seventh, with Martin Lauber’s March 741 eight. Jamie Constable started ninth in his ’77 Shadow DN8 and recovered from his off yesterday to finish ninth. Rounding out the top ten was Chris Farrell’s March 821.

The LEC CRP1 of Ron Maydon started and finished eleventh, followed by Bud Moeller who finished eleventh in his Ensign MN179. Gregory Thornton managed 8 laps in his Lotus 91 before gearbox issues forced his retirement, which were 6 more than Chris MacAllister who retired his Ferrari 312T2 on lap 2. Bill Cord and Dalmo de Vasconcelos both retired after 1 lap.

The final race of Master USA’s weekend is scheduled to start at 15:30 this afternoon.

Ferrer-aza takes the double at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Masters USA – Race 2 Saturday afternoon.

Matteo Ferrer-aza dominated the final Masters USA race today at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in his Ligier JS11. Ferrer-aza led from flag to flag and other than a bunching of the field during full course yellows no one got close. Mike Cantillon got past Timothy de Silva’s Shadow DN3 in Turn 11, but wasn’t able to take the fight to Ferrer-aza. Charles Nearburg started and finished third in his Williams FW07B.

Ethan Shippert had a spirited drive into fourth with the Brabham BT44. On a number of laps he ran wide on the exit of Turn 11 and visited the gravel without impacting his position. The Tyrrell 012 of Steve Romak finished sixth followed by the continually improving March 741 of Martin Lauber. Chris Farrell finally found his form to bring the March 821 into seventh, his best placing of the weekend.

Ron Maydon, Bud Moeller and Chris Locke all moved up into the top 10 as others dropped back or retired. After starting from the second position and being passed by Cantillon, Timothy de Silva held third position until the fuel pump failed in his Shadow DN3. As his car slowed, Jamie Constable and Cal Meeker had an unforced error in their Shadow DN8 and Tyrrell 009. The incident brought out the yellow flag until the race ended.

Thanks for a great weekend - next up for Master USA’s weekend is the weekend of 5/6/7 October at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Hope to see you there!


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