As most everyone knows, Pueblo Motorsports Park always draws a big crowd and this event did not fall short on that expectation. What was surprising, though, was the car count in GTS2. We had nine cars take the green flag on Saturday, flanked by a trio of GTS3 cars and GTS4 flyer. This certainly appears to be the year of GTS2 in the Rocky Mountain region. We had a split start with GTS2 independent of the Spec-Z and GTS3 and 4 cars running the Blitz race group.
This much action in GTS2 meant that three-wide in turns 1, 2 and 3 was a common sight, but these guys are good and kept it clean with only a minor bump at the end of the day. Battles between the top seven cars kept the action close and hard-fought throughout the day. In the first race, Doug Young took the top spot in GTS2. Rick Snyder won in GTS3 and Matt Mandino took the solo win GTS4, but he was chasing track records rather than competitors.
In the second race, Dale Laushman took the top spot in GTS2. Snyder pulled off another GTS3 win as well. With the temperatures being as high as 93, no records were set on Saturday. Everyone expected it wouldn’t be done until the cooler temps of October’s event came around. That was until Rob Hickman reset the GTS2 record with his 1:42.623 lap in Sunday’s race. This improves on Lee Bohning’s 1:42.956 from last year. Not bad for a rookie.
On Sunday, in race No. 3, GTS2 went to Lee Bohning. Since I wasn’t there I cannot confirm this, but I imagine that means that Bohning kept his car on track the entire race! GTS3 went to Snyder again, making a trifecta for the weekend, but this time with John Allen at his heels.
We also got to add another rookie to the GTS roster, Sean Soulvie joined in GTS2. Welcome Sean! And Zung Tran, another 2014 rookie, made great strides, setting personal best lap times.