Andrew Kidd scored two first-place finishes in Monterey.

Emilio Cervantes of Lake Forest, Calif., took the pole position by .375 seconds over Andrew Kidd of Sunnyvale. William Chen, Bruce Pendleton and Shawn Sampson qualified third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Cervantes pulled away and kept a stable one-second lead until Kidd got by him in traffic.

Pendleton got a terrible start and lost two positions immediately. The real battle was for third where Chen, Pendleton, and Sampson were nose to tail for the entire race. The trio swapped positions many times until Pendleton finally prevailed and took over third place. Chen managed to finish fourth with Sampson finishing fifth.

On Sunday Kidd posted a time that was over .800 seconds slower than Saturday’s pole but it was good enough to top the leader boards. Cervantes was over 1.2 seconds slower than his Saturday’s qualifying time, but it was good enough to start second. At the drop of the green flag, Cervantes got off to a great start but as Kidd put it, “He lost something going into Turn 6 and there was a bit of carnage.”

Emilio Cervantes found a shortcut to a second-place finish on Saturday.
Emilio Cervantes found a shortcut to a second-place finish on Saturday.

Kidd was able to avoid involvement but there was a five-lap full course yellow. At the restart, it was Kidd leading with Pendleton and Roman Vaisman behind in his Saturn. Kidd was faster and pulled away, but Vaisman and Pendleton battled it out until Pendleton held off Vaisman for second place.

Bruce Pendleton scrapped all weekend to get a third on Saturday and second on Sunday.
Bruce Pendleton scrapped all weekend to get a third on Saturday and second on Sunday.
Roman Vaisman captured third on Sunday in his PTE Saturn.
Roman Vaisman captured third on Sunday in his PTE Saturn.
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