SCCA – KCR Event #8: Dia de la Newbie
Kansas City Region SCCA finished out July with a bang! We were back at the Metropolitian Community College for event #8 of the season. Weatherman said we could expect a high of 70 around noon and an increasing chance of rain as the day went on. However we hit 70 by 9:30 am and there looked to be zero percent chance of rain all day. Glad I brought some shorts to change into when it got hot! Event #8 was our second largest event of the year with 103 drivers competing, many trying to squeeze in every last run they can get in before the National Championships which are coming up at the end of August.
To say today’s course was eventful would be an understatement! Today’s course is what happens when you give a science professor, number cruncher and all around interesting guy with a well rounded imagination the chance to design a course. Using some of the sections of the course that we normally wouldn’t see and designing a tight, yet fun course made for some great excitement.
There were many first time drivers at the event today, all of which left smiling and eager for the chance to get back out on course. I was able to ride with two of those drivers and give them a little advice. Both are sure to improve upon there already good results from their first event. And from talking to both of them for a little while they hope to make as many of the final events of the year as possible. Great to see new people out and growth of our sport starts with keeping the new guys and gals coming back! I know my co-driver who is on her 5th event now hooked and improving fast.
Speaking of new drivers I want to talk about my Formula Junior Kart buddy, little Alexander Hesskamp. Don’t let his size fool you folks, this little guy is all business when the helmet goes on. He is smart as can be and learning fast. Today for the first time he broke into the top half of PAX.
Today’s PAX results turned into a hat trick for Mr. Jared Langenfeld in his 2008 Mike Wilson Honda kart who posted top PAX time of the day for the third event in a row! With a blistering 37.038 he managed to hold off Ron Williams who had a PAX time of 37.290 in his 2000 Toyota Celica. P3 in PAX was overall PAX points leader Mark Hill with a time of 37.661 in his 2006 Mitsubishi E-voh IX.
|Kansas City Region SCCA|
|Pax Time Results|
|#8 – Event 8 – Sun 07-28-2013|
|Timed Entries: 103|
|Pax Pos.||Pos.||Class||#||Driver||Car Model||Total||Factor||Pax Time||Diff.||From 1st|
|1||1||prokm||187||Langenfeld, Jared||2008 Mike Wilson Honda||38.784||*0.955||37.038||0.000||0.000|
|2||1||rtfrtgs||97||Williams, Ron||2000 Toyota Celica||46.847||*0.796||37.290||0.252||0.252|
|3||2||prostu||45||Hill, Mark||2006 Mitsubishi E-voh IX||44.517||*0.846||37.661||0.371||0.623|
|4||3||procs||66||Giebel, Rodney||2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R||45.235||*0.834||37.726||0.065||0.688|
|5||1||km||55||Hesskamp, Todd||2008 Intrepid Kart Explorer||39.618||*0.955||37.835||0.109||0.797|
|6||1||rtrrtgs||82||Bartz, Jeff||2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe||47.553||*0.796||37.852||0.017||0.814|
|7||4||prostf||30||Fink, David||2004 Mazda 3||47.655||*0.795||37.885||0.033||0.847|
|8||2||rtfrtgs||27||Van Benschoten, Dick||2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLI||47.774||*0.796||38.028||0.143||0.990|
|9||3||rtfrtds||99||Salenius, Jeremy||2008 Mini Cooper S||47.254||*0.805||38.039||0.011||1.001|
|10||1||es||9||Wheeler, Dan||1991 Toyota MR2||46.210||*0.828||38.261||0.222||1.223|
Not much has changed in the championship standings after this event so look for a championship update in the next article.