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ALM Positioners Sponsors winning teams at their Inaugural Autobahn Country Club Endurance Race

WELD Specialty AwardsJune 7, 2014 - Autobahn Country Club -

The ALM Positioners Autobahn Endurance Racing Series had a fantastic debut with a field full of beautiful cars divided into 4 classes for the 3.5 Hour Enduro on the Autobahn Country Club South Course.

The H&H Racing/Fall-Line Motorsports entry of Tom Herb and Jim Hamman led the field to the green followed closely by several of the Stuttgart Cup Caymans. The early battle to watch in the first hour was in the GT1 class with the GSD Racing Porsche 944 encountering heavy pressure from the Weathered Design 944. The 2 cars were never separated by more than a car length with the Weathered Design team unable to get by. The battle continued until near the 1 hour mark when the Weathered Design suffered mechanical issues.
In hour 2 the battle heated up within the Stuttgart Caymans as the top four cars ran within 10 seconds of each other. Rodrigo Sales, out of Nevada, was the leader with Tom Bloom following close behind. Keith Favor was also in the mix before an eventual retirement. The battle among the Caymans would continue throughout the race, only being broken up by pit stops.

As the race neared the final hour all eyes were on the sky as heavy clouds were letting go of a few rain drops that kept everybody on edge guessing when the rain would start in earnest.

Despite the threat of rain, the battle continued on in the Spec Miata class amongst the top three contenders. The Acumen Motorsports entry of Doug Grunnet and Tony Kester were clawing their way back up after an early tire failure and had their eyes set on second place occupied by Big Dog Racings Bob Noorian and Mitch Naficy.

In the final hour the threat of rain still existed but had not materialized. The Stuttgart Cayman battle raged on now with Tom Bloom and Ryan Osiecki followed closely by the team of local driver Ron Rashinski and co-driver John Lewis.

As the checkers flew small rain drops continued but had no effect on the race. H&H Racing had run a flawless race feeling pressure from the Caymans only on pit stop exchanges and took home the GT3 class and overall win. The top 3 in the Stuttgart Caymans could finally take a breath as Bloom and Osiecki crossed the line first followed closely by Rashinski/Lewis with Rodrigo Salas playing the role of ironman by driving the entire race solo and coming home third.

The GT1 victors were the GSD Racing team consisting of Tom Collins, Denny Hiffman and Ed Dunne.
The Spec Miata battle continued through to the end with the ALM Scroggin Motorsport entry of Brett Scroggin and Amy Wittkamper running a fantastic race to take the victory.

The next round of the ALM Positioners Autobahn Endurance Racing Series is set for Aug 1, this time on the Autobahn Full Course. Registration is now open for this event which is open to all competition licensed race teams. For more information visit www.autobahnenduro.com


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