Rain Rain Go AwayÉ..
Was the name of the third event of the Glen Region Solo II season, and true to the name the weather did cooperate with a warm and sunny day. For the first time in recent memory, NoahÕs Arc was not needed to navigate the course, but the parking lot at Ithaca College (formally known as the pond) still presented its own challenges for both the course designers and the drivers. Now we all know that those were not islands in the pond, but bumps in the lot. Looking on the bright side, it was great training for rally cross.
G-stock was again the largest class of the day with 8 entries, and was dominated by Mike Tyburski, followed by Nile Heermans and Jeff Tyburski., in second and third. WeÕre not sure how Nile ended up between the flyinÕ TyburskiÕs, but he did mention trying to kill the transmission in his car. H stock was well represented with 6 drivers, 4 of which participated in the driversÕ school the day before. Apparently the students listened and beat the instructor. The students, George Sherback in first and Mike Sherback in second, beat instructor, Pat Scopelitti, who ended up in third.
STS was won by Kevin Mcwain in his flying little red Civic, over Todd Totman driving not a purple Neon but a red Saturn. For the second event of the year, the spec Pierce class, otherwise known as STX was dominated by Kevin Roche in his sneaky, quiet Suby, who beat the youngest Pierce, Greg for class honors. Again this year Greg beat both his father, Ken, and his uncle, John, on Fathers Day, which just shows his lack of respect for his elders on this special day. Kevin Roche also captured the PAX award for the day.
Nick Brewster showed everyone he is not as inexperienced as he told everyone the day before at the school, by winning both B Stock and FTD. In SM, 5 drivers competed for the top prize with Daniel Keen in first over Eric Lucas and Traian Stanev, all of whom attended the school the previous day. Traian even had to overcome a trip to the store to buy more oil so that he could finish out the day.
The underdog of the day had to be Andrew Rappaport in his 1966 Jaguar XKE in B Stock. Imagine trying to run that car against a Honda S2000 and a BMW M3, both on race tires. But he gave it his best shot, improving his time by 13 seconds over the course of the day, and not leaving any oil puddles, or having any electrical failures.
Thanks to everyone who made both the school and the event a success. Ithaca College was again kind enough to host the weekendÕs activities, along with Robbie Craig who again did an excellent job of running the driversÕ school.