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VTEC Club Round 1: Chuckwalla Raceway

The weekend was sandwiched between two rainy days, forecast was cloudy with a high in the 70s, it seemed like it was going to be a beautiful day at the racetrack.

                This would be my first time at a VTEC club event (and first time at an extreme speed event) and was very excited to see some new faces, make introductions and have a good time racing.

And then I went to the registration line.

This took over and hour to register and get my transponder, it was a mess, they had to make the advanced drivers cut to the front because our 9 AM session was about to start (registration started at 7 AM)

I was later told that there was a “glitch” in the system that made them sell an additional 40 spots that should have not allowed them to sell.

Anyway, back to the event. We posted up near the bathrooms under the Rockstar tent and 5 S2000’s.

Its tough to beat a day with your buds.

Kam, Chris and I
Photo by Micheal Guyette

Session one began, and we went to grid, traffic was a mess and we only got 13 minutes on track total. Even still Steven Kronemberger in his hooked up Civic Type R was able to put down an impressive 1:59.1, vs my 2:01.0, fellow S2K challenge mod driver Jacob Mitchell ran a 2:04.02.

Jacob’s S2K Challenge Mod Class s2000

In Group N2 we had Yukio Kishimoto who ran a 2:05.5 in his S2K Challenge street class car

My fellow Rockstar Garage teammate Chris Elders was able to lay down a 1:57.2, but the real surprise was Kam Urquhart who put down a 1:56.6 in session one, it should also be noted that Kam is running a turbo K swap noble that is an awesome kind of crazy.

Chris’s turbo F24 S2K
 Place   Name   Laps     Last Time     Fastest Time   Slowest Time 
1 Chris W 1 01:44.212 01:44.212 01:44.212
2 Kam Urquhart 4 01:56.635 01:56.172 02:01.068
3 Chris Elders 1 01:57.247 01:57.247 01:57.247
4 Steven Kronemberger 5 01:59.104 01:59.104 02:23.579
5 Jose Mejia 7 02:28.636 01:59.173 02:34.618
6 Sean Mulyanto 3 02:00.717 02:00.437 02:00.776
7 Robin Roces 5 02:01.283 02:00.475 02:13.994
8 Jason Kim 4 02:00.624 02:00.486 02:01.265
9 Kevin Burke 6 02:01.522 02:01.051 02:46.181
10 Joel Etrata 4 02:01.659 02:01.659 04:20.032
11 Randy Chen 6 02:01.883 02:01.883 02:05.844
12 Paul Parquette 6 02:01.923 02:01.923 02:10.641
13 John Cruz 6 02:02.089 02:01.986 02:05.178
14 Willem Drees 5 02:02.548 02:02.039 02:10.256
15 Williams Jang 6 02:03.655 02:02.642 02:23.774
16 Jacob Mitchell 6 02:05.979 02:04.020 02:11.287
17 Ricardo Hernandez 6 02:04.240 02:04.240 02:34.885
18 John Train 5 02:05.484 02:04.791 02:10.321
19 Robert Choo 5 02:05.181 02:05.181 02:40.176
20 Tony Jackson 6 02:05.478 02:05.328 02:07.319
21 Yukio Kishimoto 2 02:06.107 02:05.517 02:06.107
22 Mark Krumme 2 02:06.035 02:06.035 02:07.795
23 Z Smoooth 2 08:26.945 02:19.716 08:26.945

                Session 2 began, and after waiting on grid for 21 minutes, we finally went out, I was able to get a bit faster as I became more familiar with the track (this would be my 3rd time at Chuckwalla in 3 years) Steven slowed down a bit, to a 2:00.38 with me right behind him at 2:00.455 and Randy Chen just behind me with a 2:00.483. I spoke with Steven and we both agree that the new rule of a max 255 tire size for the civic type R was a lazy band aid fix, which will end up costing Type R owners lots in extra tires, as his 255’s only lasted the very first session. I feel they should have just banned tuning or aero from Type R’s in A2, but with no data VTEC club decided to limit tire sizes as a band aid to stop Steven from winning every round.

My car felt a bit loose, as you may see in the video below and in this photo:

               Kam laid down his fastest lap of the day and sealing his win for class A with a 1:55.848 before he suffered a mechanical failure that sent him home, Chris had a boost leak causing him to come in early and “only” able clock a 1:59.

 Place   Name   Laps     Last Time     Fastest Time   Slowest Time 
1 Kam Urquhart 1 01:55.848 01:55.848 01:55.848
2 Samuel Jih 5 01:59.572 01:59.572 02:01.746
3 Jose Mejia 6 02:29.793 01:59.707 02:29.793
4 Chris Elders 1 01:59.852 01:59.852 01:59.852
5 Jason Kim 6 02:00.954 02:00.362 02:23.856
6 Steven Kronemberger 6 02:09.522 02:00.380 02:24.695
7 Kevin Burke 6 02:09.849 02:00.455 02:18.390
8 Randy Chen 6 02:02.283 02:00.483 02:04.225
9 Robin Roces 5 02:01.301 02:00.888 02:12.257
10 Joel Etrata 6 02:01.060 02:01.060 03:02.688
11 John Cruz 5 02:03.059 02:01.407 02:03.936
12 Sean Mulyanto 3 02:02.270 02:01.699 02:02.270
13 Willem Drees 4 02:34.542 02:01.980 02:34.542
14 Paul Parquette 6 02:02.159 02:02.159 02:05.596
15 Robert Choo 4 02:02.328 02:02.328 02:03.974
16 Williams Jang 5 02:28.922 02:03.215 02:28.922
17 Andrew Horn 3 02:04.351 02:03.653 02:07.820
18 Ricardo Hernandez 5 02:04.995 02:04.077 02:07.465
19 Jacob Mitchell 5 02:04.322 02:04.322 02:27.244
20 Tony Jackson 5 02:06.930 02:05.265 02:09.409
21 John Train 4 02:08.137 02:06.382 02:08.137
22 Yukio Kishimoto 4 02:08.375 02:06.603 02:08.483
23 Mark Krumme 4 02:53.094 02:07.246 03:00.706
24 Jason Gamble 2 02:14.037 02:14.037 02:21.878
25 AJ 1 02:15.941 02:15.941 02:15.941

And now we had a very special event the Narita Dog Fight Challenge.

William Drees’s gorgeous RHD spoon Endurance race car,
Photo by: Sean from Narito Dogfight

This was 2 groups and the top 7 and bottom 8 drivers of the day thus far. I made it (barely) as number 7 on the top.

Adan from Rockstar Garage giving Chris and I some motivation to send it

I did have an oops moment while out on track, on my first hotlap with a low 59 on predictive… I offed in the last turn! See below for the fun footage

Even though I offed and couldn’t carry 50 mph out of turn 10 I still managed a new PB of 2:00.4

See below for the results:

Place   Name   Laps     Last Time     Fastest Time   Slowest Time 
1 Kam Urquhart 2 01:10.515 01:10.515 05:34.541
2 Abraham Sandoval 2 01:18.325 01:18.325 02:51.002
3 Chris Elders 3 01:56.204 01:56.204 06:28.233
4 Randy Chen 2 01:58.696 01:58.696 01:59.488
5 James Snell2K 3 02:28.805 01:59.333 02:28.805
6 Joel Etrata 4 02:41.203 01:59.973 13:42.667
7 Kevin Burke 2 02:00.414 02:00.414 02:11.074
8 Steven Kronemberger 2 02:01.191 02:00.464 02:01.191
9 Sean Mulyanto 1 02:01.045 02:01.045 02:01.045
10 Jason Kim 2 02:01.536 02:01.536 02:01.744
11 Andrew Horn 2 02:01.540 02:01.540 02:04.271
12 Robin Roces 2 02:01.542 02:01.542 02:02.314
13 John Cruz 3 02:03.578 02:01.796 13:51.968
14 Robert Choo 2 02:02.306 02:02.306 02:03.003
15 Willem Drees 4 02:28.561 02:02.754 14:03.986

At this point I was trying all that I could to catch Steven in his CTR, I even went as far as rotating my tires because the bowl was destroying them.

Photo By: Miller Spec media

Session 3 started just 20 minutes after the NDF challenge. And unfortunately, no one went faster in that session that were in the dog fight (surely because the cars were still hot and tired) But Jacob Mitchell was able to get a bit faster, with a 2:03.2

Place   Name   Laps     Last Time     Fastest Time   Slowest Time 
1 Robin Roces 7 02:01.837 02:00.845 02:30.743
2 Kevin Burke 4 02:01.001 02:01.001 02:13.457
3 Jason Kim 2 02:31.229 02:02.761 02:31.229
4 Paul Parquette 2 02:03.591 02:03.059 02:03.591
5 Williams Jang 5 02:03.548 02:03.075 02:29.844
6 Jacob Mitchell 7 02:24.153 02:03.232 02:24.153
7 AJ 3 02:12.743 02:03.339 02:12.743
8 Ricardo Hernandez 4 02:37.489 02:04.329 02:37.489
9 Thomas Van 2 02:07.291 02:07.291 02:07.712
10 Tony Jackson 5 02:08.074 02:07.426 02:09.699
11 Yukio Kishimoto 1 02:07.543 02:07.543 02:07.543
12 Jonathan Posadas 2 02:14.273 02:14.273 02:17.587
13 Viet Do 1 02:17.021 02:17.021 02:17.021
14 Jose Mejia 2 02:25.515 02:25.515 03:00.120

As it turns out, the final session was the money session for the official VTEC club standings.


Photo By: Miller Spec media
 Place   Name   Laps     Last Time     Fastest Time   Slowest Time 
1 Randy Chen 4 02:05.918 01:58.850 02:05.918
2 Kevin Burke 5 02:04.656 02:00.097 02:41.503
3 Jacob Mitchell 4 02:03.951 02:02.607 02:26.046
4 Ricardo Hernandez 5 02:19.547 02:04.690 02:20.789
5 Arik Crowe 5 02:06.957 02:05.212 02:07.027
6 Michael Evans 2 02:05.866 02:05.866 02:06.063
7 John Cruz 4 02:08.537 02:07.495 02:08.537
8 Cheng Lin 2 02:08.794 02:08.279 02:08.794
9 Steve Sherrod 4 02:09.924 02:09.841 02:18.259
10 Alexis Sanchez 3 02:12.061 02:12.061 02:15.159
11 Tim Gilliam 1 02:13.904 02:13.904 02:13.904
12 Jason Martinez 3 05:45.748 02:14.954 05:45.748
13 Jonathan Posadas 2 02:16.388 02:16.388 02:22.530
14 Oscar Gonzalez 4 02:18.720 02:18.720 02:26.733

Randy Chen was able to put out an incredibly respectable 1:58.8, closely followed by yours truly with a 2:00.097 and then right behind me is Jacob Mitchell with a new PB of 2:02.607.

here is the video of my official VTEC club Third place lap:

Final standings for VTEC Club round one for A2 is:

1st Randy Chen-S2000

2nd Steven Kronemberger- Civic Type R

3rd Kevin Burke – S2000

Group A:

1st Kam Urquhart

2nd Chris Elders

VTEC club didn’t publish the rest of the standings. So this is what I remember. Sorry!

But here is a group shot of all of the winners:

The event was fun, but I did hope that ExtremeSpeed would be a bit more professional, I don’t think I had one 20 minute session. And see below for a youtube video of a full session that they checkered flag after 10 min…

I’m very much looking forward to this weekend for Chuckwalla once again running the other direction with Speed Ventures / S2K Challenge

Huge thanks to Rockstar Garage and my newest sponsor, Racebred Components for being there to support throughout the day, you guys rock!

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