Racing and weather stay hot in Sunday's Buttonwillow Super Tour

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Racing and weather stay hot in Sunday's Buttonwillow Super Tour

SCCA / SportsCar Magazine

Racing and weather stay hot in Sunday's Buttonwillow Super Tour


Photo: Brian Linn, car No. 21, claimed the H Production victory on Sunday at the Hoosier Super Tour event at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

While slightly cooler than Saturday, conditions nonetheless stayed warm for Sunday’s second day of Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour action at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, for many drivers the last chance to triumph on the 3.02-mile circuit in 35m races hosted by SCCA’s Cal Club Region.

Super Touring Lite started out as another tight race between Tim Auger’s Acura Integra and Morgn Trotter’s OSGiken/Black Armor Helmets/Yawsport Honda Civic Si, the duo swapping the top spot back and forth until Auger retired with a mechanical, leaving Trotter all alone in first.

“We got a good start. Me and Tim were side by side through turn one,” Trotter said. “We were kind of bumping and grinding through there, having a good time. I think his car broke, but I just kept on going and had a good race.”

Sunday’s H Production race looked to be setting up for some excitement again as Saturday winner Ben Valentine moved into the lead at the start, quickly opening up a gap as Brian Linn gave chase. Linn chipped away at Valentine’s lead, though, and with only a handful of laps remaining, took over top spot in his No. 21 Hoosier Tire/Carbotech/LINNspeed/Red Line Oil MG Midget, pulling away to victory.

“We had a good race today,” Linn said. “Valentine had a problem and I inherited the win. I got lucky.”

Sunday’s Spec Racer Ford Gen3 event was a repeat of Saturday as Mike Miserendino, John Black and T.J. Acker again did battle the entire race. On Saturday, it was Miserendino in the No. 11 MBI Racing SRF3 who emerged with a 0.326-second victory over Acker. On Sunday, Acker held the lead for the first half of the race; then it was Miserendino who moved out front. Black kept the pressure on, but in the end it was Miserendino who emerged the victor again, this time with a 0.337s margin.

“It was just a hard dogfight,” Miserendino said about the race. “John and T.J. are such great racers, and everyone is so smart. No one really makes mistakes. You just hope you’re in the lead when you’re supposed to be. We each took turns in the lead and it was a lot of fun dicing it up. Happy to have another win. It’s cool.”

Tom Burt and John Yeatman had themselves quite a little race Sunday in the Formula Enterprises 2 class. Burt, Saturday’s winner, led nearly a dozen laps before being demoted to second by Yeatman, but later retook the lead and claimed his second victory of the weekend in the No. 45 SCCA FE2 Mazda.

“Yesterday, I set the track record,” Burt said. “So today my big focus was to break it, which I did. But I thought I had a big gap and had no idea John was right there. He was running really, really hot and broke my track record and passed me in the Mazda Turn. Then we got a race going and I got him back going down the straight. It was a heck of a race.”

Things got shuffled up in Formula Continental on Sunday when the top two starters, Jason Reichert and Sicheng Li, ended up in the dust and out of the race on the first lap. Paul Marino inherited the lead and held that spot for several laps until he, too, ended up out of the race. Peter West, in a Van Diemen RF05, was next to hold the top spot for a chunk of laps before Harindra de Silva, in the No. 96 DFR Van Diemen RF-2006 FC, hunted him down and grabbed the lead with only a couple laps remaining.

Of the nine cars that started the FC race, only three remained when de Silva crossed the finish line for the win.

“That was a fun race,” de Silva said on the victory podium. “The start was a little scary because the young people had a little too much testosterone and got off the track very quickly. A few people went by me, but that was okay because we had a great race chasing them down.”

The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour now takes a short break before the season resumes May 18-19 at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. That will be the second of three West Coast races on this year’s Hoosier Super Tour calendar. More information can be found at

Below are provisional winners from Sunday’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park Hoosier Super Tour event with Class: Name, Hometown, SCCA Region and Car.
-American Sedan: Christopher Qualls; West Los Angeles, CA; Cal Club; Ford Mustang
-E Production: Aaron Downey; Rossmoor, CA; San Francisco Region; Mazda RX-3
-F Production: Steven Hussey; Los Altos, CA; San Francisco Region; Lotus 7
-H Production: Brian Linn; Hermosa Beach, CA; Cal Club; MG Midget
-Formula Continental: Harindra de Silva; Manhattan Beach, CA; Cal Club; Van Diemen RF-2006
-Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read; Vacaville, CA; San Francisco Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Tom Burt; Woodway, WA; Northwest Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: Courtney Crone; Corona, CA; Cal Club; Piper DL7
-Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade; Silverlake, WA; Northwest Region; Vortech Caracal
-Formula Mazda: Mike Anderson; Temecula, CA; Texas Region; Formula Mazda
-GT-2: Robert Kahn; Las Vegas, NV; Cal Club; Chevrolet Corvette
-GT-3: Taz Harvey; Danville, CA; San Francisco Region; Mazda RX-7
-GT-Lite: Joe Huffaker; Petaluma, CA; San Francisco Region; MG Midget
-Prototype 1: Jim Devenport; Alamo, CA; San Francisco Region; Norma M20F
-Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr; Scottsdale, AZ; San Francisco Region; Stohr WF1
-Spec Miata: Tristan Littlehale; Saratoga, CA; San Francisco Region; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino; Bakersfield, CA; Cal Club; SCCA Enterprises SRF3
-Super Touring Lite: Morgan Trotter; Temecula, CA; Cal Club; Honda Civic Si
-Super Touring Under: Nathan Pope; Fremont, CA; San Francisco Region; Honda CRX
-Touring 1: Ross Murray; Marina Del Rey, CA; Cal Club; Ford Mustang
-Touring 2: Clark Nunes; San Jose, CA; San Francisco Region; Ford Spec Mustang
-Touring 3: Cole Loftsgard; Pahrump, NV; Las Vegas Region; Ford Mustang

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