John George takes 2 in a row at Lime Rock, CT
Lime Rock Park has
gone private and track rates have gone sky high – that translated into
two half days, reduced HPDE time – but still plenty of time racing for
John George, Wayne Patterson, and Carl Thompson in the next to last
event of the East Coast Championship. The “Cliff Notes” version is that
John “Kicked Butt” in both races and set a new track record Friday at
1:01.857 and lowered it in the race on Saturday to 1:01.395.
The track is nestled
in a little valley with rolling hills surrounding the newly surfaced
1.53 mile track. It is truly a beautiful setting with picturesque old
homes and quaint stone churches. All of this beauty has created noise
level restrictions and “NO RACING” on Sundays. The Sunday regulations
aren’t anything new, they where there 35 years ago when I first raced
All 3 of us had
spent hours trying to meet the 89 db noise rating and came with exotic
noise dampening devices – the kitchen sink drainers maybe the most
unique. All of us were OK on Friday, but John was cited on Saturday and
had to run his Super Trappe special while Wayne and Carl didn’t have to
run anything. It sure didn’t slow John though.
John went flying
from the beginning with a Friday qualifying time of 1:02.435, Carl at
1:04.716 and Wayne just a tick slower at 1:04.937. John just
disappeared at the start and stayed away winning with the first new
record time of 1:01.85, Carl managed a 1:03.429 and Wayne a 1:05.173
They actually ended
up with some extra time at the end of Friday and John was nice enough to
review the fast lines and corner “pucker factors” to see if we could get
closer on Saturday. We actually had some additional time on the track
and times did improve.
Saturday was another
beautiful day and we sat around, fired up the grill for egg and bacon
sandwiches, tinkered with the cars and waited to get started with a
Driver’s meeting at noon. John managed a 1:02.071, Carl a 1:02.840 and
Wayne a 1:03.613, but on the last lap took an off course excursion and
put his car into the Armco. It initially looked to be pretty serious
front end damage (it did end his racing for the weekend), but it looks
like repairs (body work, some sub-structure, a new radiator and some
paint) will have Wayne back for the Nationals.
We gridded up for
the race and I was right next to John on the grid. But, John just ran
away again – although I did keep him in sight for most of the race.
John set another lap record of 1:01.395 and Carl a best time of
1:02.539. He is just a great driver and I was unable to do anything
about it. Just wait until the next time!