Memo Gidley Wins GT Class at Thunderhill and Bovenberg Tops Crowded Sportsman Class

IndyCar driver, Memo Gidley, was brought in by BAF Racing to do one thing: win the race. He did not disappoint. He took pole position and led every lap on the way to victory in the BAF Racing Chevrolet Corvette.
The Sportsman field was packed with many cars, all with a great chance to win, but Pete Bovenberg came on top in his ARG MBO Motorsport Honda Civic. Gary Sheehan won the Touring Car class in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Doug Makishima won the Super Touring class in the Summit Tech BMW M3.
Gidley was the fastest qualifier, but was followed very closely by Rob Harper in the AP Racing/BC Forged Chevrolet Corvette and the AFE BMW 335i of Larry Bani. Gidley managed to win while Harper had mechanical issues. Finishing second was Edgar Lau in the Intellectual Ventures BMW M3 and Bani finished third in the BMW.
The Sportsman class

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Thirteenth to Fourth and a Track Record!

This one is a scream. NASA SoCal driver Nik Romano, who usually races his Lexus IS300 in Super Touring 5, had the chance to drive a friend’s Spec E46 in a qualifying race at Buttonwillow Raceway in June. The title sequence a few minutes into the video says Streets of Willow, but it takes place at Buttonwillow.
Qualifying races are shorter, so drivers need to make things happen in a hurry to finish well, and Romano comes up just short of a podium finish, starting from 13th and finishing fourth, and setting a new track record on a configuration he’d never driven before. The video is all the more enjoyable with a split screen that shows his footwork, and some interesting characters on the bottom of the screen when he doinks a shift. Enjoy.
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Reza Arsham Sets Record for Youngest Winner in United States Touring Car Championship History While Harper Wins a Tough GT Class.

The GT field had a diverse six-car field with some fast cars, but finishing first in the GT class and overall was the AP Racing/BC Forged Chevrolet Corvette of Rob Harper. In the Sportsman class, Reza Arsham won in the Konig Wheels/GoGoGear.com BMW M3, becoming the youngest driver ever to win a USTCC race at 20 years old. Doug Makishima extended his win streak from last season and won the Super Touring class in the ARG/Summit Tech BMW M3. Gary Sheehan had mechanical issues but still managed to take the win in the Touring Car class in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
The standing start was full of action as usual, but Makishima managed to come out ahead of everyone else. Harper used the big V8 engine of the Corvette and soon took over the lead while Larry Bani pushed his GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels BMW 335i closer to him. Viktor Czapla

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Getting it Done out of Region

It can be difficult to go to another region and do well in a race. Because the COVID-19 pandemic canceled so many races in the Northern California, lots of NASA NorCal racers headed to Southern California to race at Buttonwillow in June, one of whom was Teen Mazda Challenge driver Wyatt Couch. Racing at an unfamiliar track, Couch finished sixth on Saturday, which determined his starting position for the qualifying race on Sunday. He put his head down and moved up four spots to finish second. He also finished second in the Sunday main. Well done.
Teen Mazda Challenge driver Wyatt Couch
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