Performance Touring C, D and F were very competitive all weekend. PTC was the largest group with eight cars while six cars lined up for the PTD race. PTF only had one competitor.
Dennis Holloway of Huntington Beach, Calif., qualified his Mazda RX-8 on pole for PTC on Saturday with a time of 1:44.804. He was a full half a second ahead of Frankie Marks in his PTC Legends car. It was a similar story for PTD with Joshua Allan of LaVerne, Calif., who put his 2006 Mazda MX-5 on pole .4 seconds faster than Robert Davis’ Mazda RX-8. Walter Carlos was the sole PTF car and his qualifying time was a 1:54.798.
Holloway was looking strong in the Saturday race until he “got impacted by a 944 Spec” he tried to go around on the outside and got hit on the right rear. That ended his day and he was shown three laps down from the leaders. Marks was there to pick up the lead of the race and won by a commanding 12 seconds over Nathan Edmonds who also was driving a Mazda RX-8. In PTD, Allan never lost the lead of the race and won by 15 seconds in his Mazda MX-5 over Mazda USA boss Davis and Lee Papageorge in his Mazda RX-8. The all-Mazda podium in PTD was well celebrated at Mazda Raceway. Walter Carlos drove an uneventful race to first place in PTF.
On Sunday the PTC top three on the grid were the same but closer together this time. Holloway beat out Marks by .3 seconds to grab the pole in PTC. In PTD, Allan got the pole again but this time by only .8 seconds over Papageorge. Carlos again got pole for PTF.
In the race, Holloway got a bad start and lost two positions immediately, but Holloway fought his way back to win. It took him five laps to retake first place and held onto the lead from there winning by less than a second over Marks’ Legends car. Finishing third was Edmonds, driving a Mazda RX-8. PTD was dominated by Allan who won by five seconds in his Mazda MX-5. The battle for second between Lee Papageorge and Robert Davis was close but in the end Papageorge claimed second by .2 seconds. Carlos again won PTF on Sunday.