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The Vintage 2.5 Challenge will be running at Willow Springs on March 7-8 with HSR-West. About 30 cars are expected to show up. Everything from GTA's, GTV's, Datsun 510's, BMW 2002's, and Ford Cortina and Escorts are expected to show up and race. Admission is $10 for a two day pass. You can pay at the gate when you arrive. There will be about 5-9 other run groups that weekend with everything from vintage small bore production cars to historic Formula 1 cars. Come out and enjoy the weekend and cheer on the Alfa's! Hope to see you there. For more information, go to B Sedan

Laguna Seca 2002 Start Of 2.5 Challenge Race
 

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I will be there

I will be there with my 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car
It is going to be my first real race and I am pretty excited. Does anyone know how many laps there are going to be?
 

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Race Length

The general length of a 2.5 challenge race at Willow Springs is 11 laps. The race is generally 20-30 minutes in length. Last season at Laguna Seca, we were given a 40 minute race. Everyone was running on fumes at the end...it was great, we were all waiting for each other to run out of gas!
 

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I just got a schedule for this weekend

Ok here is the race schedule in its full form for this weekend:

Group 1: Small & Med. bore Prod
Group 2: Formula Ford Pacific Challenge
Group 3: Porsche 2.0 liter Challenge
Group 4: Formula 2.0 Chal + BOSS
Group 5: FIA 2.0 S/R Chal. & CanAM
Group 6: Vintage 2.5 Sedan Challeng (GO ALFAS!!!)
Group 7: Big Bore Prod
Group 8: Lotus Sports Challenge
Group 9: Ford powered Prod. Cars FEATURED EVENT
Group 10: 1-HOUR ENDURO

Saturday March 8
7:00 Tech and Registration open
8:00 Drivers Meeting
8:10 Group 1 practice (not timed)
8:30 Group 2 practice (not timed)
8:50 Group 3+6 practice (not timed)
9:10 Group 4 practice (not timed)
9:30 Group 5 practice (not timed)
9:50 Group 7 practice (not timed)
10:10 Group 1 Qualifying (timed)
10:35 Group 2 Qualifying (timed)
11:00 Group 3 Qualifying (timed)
11:25 Group 4 Qualifying (timed)
11:50 Group 5 Qualifying (timed)
12:15-1:15 LUNCH AND TRACK TOURING
1:15 Group 6 Qualifying (timed)
1:40 Group 7 Qualifying (timed)
2:05 Blessing before races
2:10 Group 1 Qualifying RACE
2:35 Group 2 Qualifying RACE
3:00 Group 3 Qualifying RACE
3:25 Group 4 Qualifying RACE
3:50 Group 5 Qualifying RACE
4:15 Group 6 Qualifying RACE
4:40 Group 7 Qualifying RACE
5:15 Party at Drivers lounge

Sunday March 9
7:00 Gate open
8:00 Warm-up Group 1
8:20 Warm-up Group 2
8:40 Warm-up Group 3+6
9:00 Warm-up Group 4
8:20 Warm-up Group 5
9:40 Warm-up Group 7
10:00 Blessing before races
10:15 Group 10 Enduro
11:15 Group 8 RACE
11:30 Group 1 RACE
12:00 Group 2 RACE
12:30-1:30 Lunch, Track Tours, and Chapel Service
1:30 Group 9 RACE
1:45 Group 3 RACE
2:15 Group 4 RACE
2:45 Group 5 RACE
3:15 Group 6 RACE
3:45 Group 7 RACE
 

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Looks like we got a late race on Sunday.

RTB, wanna pit together? I will be at Willow on Friday testing the #71 car for our customer, so I can get some decent pit space before the Friday afternoon crowd shows up and takes it all with their busses and motorhomes. When you guys heading up there?
 

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Yeah that would be GREAT!!! We hope to be out there Friday as well, just to get tire pressures right and and some idea for laps per tank. It would be great to bpit together though, count me in!!!
Thanks
Richard
 

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Re: I will be there

RtbRacer said:
I will be there with my 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car
In the picture above, I'm hoping you gave those Porsches a run for there money. Inless there lapping you (not trying to offend you, but those **** Porsches are fast). How did you hang with the Porsche's is what I want to know.
 

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Ready To Go Racing

#71 is all set to go testing tomorrow. The car was bought in November in "as is" condition. In January, we took it to the track and discovered the oiling system was set up wrong and the clutch was slipping. After about a lap, all the oil would come out and head straight for the rear wheels...scary. We fixed that problem as well as the clutch so, hopefully it will be going strong this weekend.

P.S. I am still going crazy shooting pics with my digital camera.
 

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wow

What an amazing race. I am sure Sniady and Simon can agree with me, they were there both days and I bet they are happy they didn't miss a thing. Everyone's times were about 2 seconds faster than usual thanks to ideal weather and having a run group after two races that had cars with W I D E slicks which covered the track in nice sticky rubber. Congrat's to Richard Beard for being the rookie of the race. Keep it up man, you have hte best shot for Rookie of The Year with the 2.5 Challenge. Hey Richard I need to start training for the upcoming 2.5 Challenge races, wanna train with me? I my car is 25lbs. overweight and I figured taking 10lbs. off me, installing fiberglass hood and trunk, I should be at legal 2.5 Challenge weight.

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Tom Neely Datsun 510 #19
Bob Wass Alfa GTV #85
Richard Beard Alfa GTV #108
Marissa Clay BMW 2002 #22

all three are excellent drivers and have very well prepared cars just as the rest of the field. I threw this pic up because it shows the nice variety of cars competing in the 2.5 Challenge. I will post results with lap times later unless someone beats me to it.
 

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Yeah it would be fun training for races. As you probably know we are 40 lbs overweight and at least 20 should come from my end.
I am gonna try to beat you with the post of the times. May not happen but its my competative nature.

Thanks
Richard

P.S. my neice that was there both days. curly hair, short, thought you were hot. Just letting you know.
 

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2.5 Challenge Results

1 #19 Tom Neely Datsun 510
2 #171 CJ Bonura Ford Cortina
3 #830 Kevin McKee Alfa GTV
4 #83 Mickey Cohen Datsun 510
5 #108 Richard Beard Alfa GTV
6 #85 Bob Wass Alfa GTV
7 #66 Dirk Stoehr Alfa GTV
8 #25 Jim McAdory Datsun 510
9 #22 Marissa Clay BMW 2002
10 #65 Chris Kattchee Alfa Giulia TI
11 #12 Don Forrester Alfa GTV
12 #26 Robert Turney Datsun 510
13 #45 Al Bourdet Alfa GTV
14 #60 Les Cannaday Datsun 1200
15 #682 Gianfranco Masdea Alfa GTV
16 #49 Steve Link Datsun 510
17 #18 Alan Denson Ford Capri

Tell her I say thanks. One at a time, unless each one really lives really really far away from eachother :)

I'll email you about the Alfa Romeo weight loss system.
 

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Alfa Diet

The secret is going to the LA Fitness in Northridge, CA and trying to lose some weight off our bodies. It's easier and less expensive to go to the gym than to purchase light weight body pannels. I need 25 off my car. I am gonna weigh my car after the fiberglass hood and trunk go in, then lose a enough to be just 5lbs over the legal weight limit (2200 lbs. for gtv with 2 liter). I wanna stay a little over because fuel load could be the deciding factor and depending the track and race length, I could be screwed.
 

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Gianfranco (pardon the misspelled name) said that they sometimes check the weight at the end of the race. I was wondering if that was true or if I could stop by the gas station first?

Because at 2240, after a race if I lost 5 gallons I would be at 2205. So whats up?
 

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actually, you spelled his name right. if anyone were to protest, it would be after a race which is when the car weighs its least because it has no gas or hardly any.

if thats the case with your car weighing 2205 after a race, i would not change anything because as i stated before, you always want that 5 lbs. buffer.
 

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Well I am still interested in the 2.5 Challenge Weight loss program. At the best the car should have the weight lower. Even if that means that we get some lead weights.
 
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