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Aug 13, 2014

Hale Breaks Lap Record, Wins AFM Formula Pacific Race At Thunderhill

Lenny Hale (139) leads Chris Siglin (488) and Martin Szwarc (2) through the esses on the first lap of the Formula Pacific race at Thunderhill Raceway. Photo by Max Klein/Oxymoronphotography.com, courtesy of AFM.

Hale Breaks Away, Catching Streak continues as records fall

The conditions at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA, on the weekend of August 9-10 proved to be the ideal blend for records to be set as RaceFuelz/CT Racing Pirelli/Mach 1/Yamaha AFM series entered its fifth round of the season. The temperatures stayed below 100 F and the slightest of breezes meant that the track was hot, but not too hot as the bikes took to the track.

The 250 Superbike riders were the first to make a run at lap records in what has proven to be one of the most competitive classes. Dave Moss was able to get out in front early, while behind him four riders all vied for the number two spot. Paul Johnson sought to reel in Moss and set a blistering pace of 2:06.908; however, Valentine Welch drove past Brian Bartlow to take third and matched Johnson's pace. As Johnson had his sights on Moss, Welch showed Johnson a wheel again and again. While the two riders battled it out for second place, Moss flew past the finish line first with Johnson and Welch not far behind.

Open Superbike once again served as a preview for Formula Pacific as Lenny Hale shot past the leaders on a blazing fast entrance to turn 2 on the first lap and lead the rest of the race on his KFG Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000. Hale seemed to find new confidence with his US Spec Dunlops and was not threatened for the rest of the race. While Hale got away at the front, Chris Siglin and Ricky Corey battled it out for second place. Corey was also experimenting with different tire combinations, running both the US and UK spec Dunlop tires on the RCR Yamaha R1. Siglin stuck with his Pirellis and turned to multiple AMA class champion Jake Zemke to receive extra coaching that allowed him to take his Fastline Performance BMW to second place with Corey in a close third.

After the lunch break, the crowd gathered on the wall to see who would prevail in the premier class, Formula Pacific. With four different winners in the four previous rounds, it was any one's guess who would come out on top. As the flag dropped, Siglin, Hale and Corey all got good starts from the front row and Martin Szwarc jumped into the mix on his MC tech/Pirelli Kawasaki ZX10, taking second place into turn 1. As turn 2 approached for the first time, Hale again seemed to continue to drive while the rest of the leaders got on the brakes and set himself up for an outside pass for the lead going through the long, left hand corner. Hale put the hammer down and broke away, dropping down to a lap record 1:47.207. Behind Hale, Siglin worked his way around Szwarc and dropped into the 1:47's as well, but Hale's riding was flawless and he clicked off lap after lap and record pace.

The battle became one for second place as Corey took third place and reeled in Siglin. Corey got progressively faster and then showed why he wears the number 1 place as he got around Siglin and started to build a small cushion. The two riders would remain in those positions for the rest of the race. Not far behind, Sebastio Ferreira built more speed lap after lap and was able to capture forth place in the final lap, with Szwarc in a close fifth.

The next record to fall would come from the AP Moto-Arts team as Jason Catching piloted his AP Moto-Arts/Riley’s Brewing/Pirelli Suzuki SV650 to a 1:54.852 in the 650 Twins race. Catching made the statement earlier in the day that he wasn't just there to win his races, he was looking for a lap record. Not only did he set the lap record, he also swept all four of his races to continue his unbroken streak.

Devon McDonogh was the big winner in the middleweight races, taking the checkered flag first in Formula 1, 750 Production and 600 Production on his Yamaha YZF-R6 on Pirellis. Cameron Gish and Deion Campbell each took a win in 600 Superbike and 750 Superbike, respectively.

Formula Pacific
1. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Ricky Corey (Yam YZF-R1)
3. Chris Siglin (BMW HP4)
4. Sebastiao Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R)
5. Martin Szwarc (Kaw ZX-10R)
6. Greg McCullough (Hon CBR1000RR)

Open SuperBike
1. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Chris Siglin (BMW HP4)
3. Ricky Corey (Yam YZF-R1)
4. Jason Lauritzen (Kaw ZX-10R)
5. Sebastiao Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R)
6. Martin Szwarc (Kaw ZX-10R)

Novice Open SuperBike
1. Tyler Wolters (Hon CBR1000RR)
2. Tom Kuchno (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Michael Dronet (Kaw ZX-10R)

Open Production
1. James J King (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Tim Scarrott (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Nathan Rodriguez (Suz GSX-R1000)
4. Marc Zarra (Kaw ZX-10R)

Novice Op Production
1. Tom Kuchno (Suz GSX-R750)
2. Michael Dronet (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Jeremy Chess (Suz GSX-R750)

Clearwater Lights Open GP
1. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Jason Lauritzen (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Martin Szwarc (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Steve Metz (Duc 1199 Panigale)
5. Joy Higa (Suz GSX-R1000)
6. Tim Scarrott (Suz GSX-R1000)

Novice Open GP
1. Tyler Wolters (Hon CBR1000RR)
2. Tom Kuchno (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Michael Dronet (Kaw ZX-10R)

Shorai Batteries Formula 1
1. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Stephen Rue (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Bobbie Wetterau (Hon CBR600RR)
5. Ryder Morrison (Suz GSX-R600)
6. Patrick Murphy (Yam YZF-R6)

Novice Formula 1
1. Tom Kuchno (Suz GSX-R750)
2. Rodrigo Arrazola (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Ilya Roytman (Kaw ZX-6)

Mach 1 Motorsports 600 SuperBike
1. Cameron Gish (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Deion Campbell (Yam R6 )
3. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Stephen Rue (Hon CBR600RR)
5. Ryder Morrison (Suz GSX-R600)
6. Bobbie Wetterau (Hon CBR600RR)

Novice 600 SuperBike
1. Rodrigo Arrazola (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Ilya Roytman (Kaw ZX6)
3. John-Paul Dagsaan (Suz GSX-R600)

Keigwin's at the Track 600 Production
1. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Cameron Gish (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Deion Campbell (Yam R6 )
5. Stephen Rue (Hon CBR600RR)
6. Berto Wooldridge (Yam YZF-R6)

Cycle Gear Novice 600 Production
1. Ilya Roytman (Kaw ZX6)
2. Maarten Bon (Kaw ZX-6R)
3. Alex Corstorphine (Yam YZF-R6)

Desmoto Sport Open Twins
1. Eric Gulbransen (KTM 2010 KTM RC8R)
2. Steve Metz (Duc 1199 Panigale)
3. Brendan Walsh (Duc 1098)

Novice Open Twins
1. Brandon Crawford (Kaw EX650)
2. Sherif Sandelin (Duc 1199)
3. Jimmy Weidman (Duc 1199 Pent)

750 SuperBike
1. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Brandon Kyee (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Craig Mason (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Jose Flores (Suz GSX-R750)

Novice 750 SuperBike
1. Tom Kuchno (Suz GSX-R750)
2. John-Paul Dagsaan (Suz GSX-R600)
3. Christian Diegelman (Suz GSX-R750)

750 Production
1. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Brandon Kyee (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Craig Mason (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Robin Geenen (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Sam Richards (Yam YZF-R6)

Novice 750 Production
1. Tom Kuchno (Suz GSX-R750)
2. Christian Diegelman (Suz GSX-R750)
3. Ilya Roytman (Kaw ZX-6)

Cox Radiator Guards Formula 4
1. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
2. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)
3. Stephen Smith (Suz SV650)
4. Aaron Tulchinsky (Suz SV650)
5. Daniel Coats (Yam R4.5)
6. Mark B. Elrod (Hon RVF450)

Novice Formula 4
1. Brandon Crawford (Kaw EX650)
2. Sam Romick (Suz SV650)
3. Daniela Fredrick (Suz SV650)

650 Twins
1. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
2. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)
3. Aaron Tulchinsky (Suz SV650)
4. Stephen Smith (Suz SV650)
5. Brad Woods (Suz SV650)
6. Tommy Woodbury (Suz SV650)

Novice 650 Twins
1. Brandon Crawford (Kaw EX650)
2. Sam Romick (Suz SV650)
3. Daniela Fredrick (Suz SV650)

650 Production
1. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
2. Miles Alexander (Suz SV650)

Novice 650 Production
1. Sam Romick (Suz SV650)

Formula 2
1. Jon Delameter (Yam TZ250)
2. Erik Kolstoe (Yam TZ250)
3. Norbert Katona (KTM 690 SM Supermoto)

Formula 3
1. Yuri Barrigan (Yam YZ450)
2. Norbert Katona (KTM 690 SM Supermoto)
3. Michael Kim (Kaw Ninja 300)
4. Matt Verheaghe (Kaw EX300)

Novice Formula 3
1. Chin Yu Chou (KTM 690 smc)
2. Austin Guinn (Kaw EX300)

300 Production
1. Paul Johnson (Kaw 250R)
2. Brian Bartlow (Kaw Ninja 250)
3. Mark McKinney (Kaw Ninja 250)
4. Valentine Welch (Kaw Ninja 250EX)
5. Sean Corbin (Kaw Ninja 250)
6. Michael Kim (Kaw Ninja 300)

Novice 300 Production
1. Josh Serne (Kaw 250R)
2. Austin Guinn (Kaw EX300)
3. Cesar Garcia (Kaw EX300)

Erich Stiegler Insurance 250 Production
1. Brian Bartlow (Kaw Ninja 250)
2. Paul Johnson (Kaw 250R)
3. Sean Corbin (Kaw Ninja 250)
4. Patrick Corcoran (Kaw 250R)
5. Jason Tracy (Kaw 250R)
6. Lisa Kinberger (Kaw Ninja 250)

Novice 250 Production
1. Josh Serne (Kaw 250R)
2. Rachael Corbin (Kaw Ninja 250)
3. Steve Driscoll (Kaw 250R)

250 SuperBike
1. Dave Moss (Hon CBR250R)
2. Paul Johnson (Kaw 250R)
3. Valentine Welch (Kaw Ninja 250EX)
4. Brian Bartlow (Kaw Ninja 250)
5. Sean Corbin (Kaw Ninja 250)
6. Patrick Corcoran (Kaw 250R)

Novice 250 SuperBike
1. Josh Serne (Kaw 250R)
2. Austin Guinn (Kaw EX300)
3. Timothy Leviste (Apr RSV250)

500 Twins
1. Alan Cunningham (Suz SV500)
2. Paul Johnson (Kaw 250R)
3. Valentine Welch (Kaw Ninja 250EX)
4. Brian Bartlow (Kaw Ninja 250)
5. Sean Corbin (Kaw Ninja 250)
6. Michael Kim (Kaw Ninja 300)

Novice 500 Twins
1. Austin Guinn (Kaw EX300)
2. Cesar Garcia (Kaw EX300)
3. Nicholas Smart (Kaw EX300)

450 SuperBike
1. Dan Sewell (Kaw ZX400RR)
2. Dave Moss (Hon VFR400)
3. Charles Almy (Suz GSX-R600/450)
4. Ian Smith (Suz GSX-R600/450)
5. Daniel Coats (Yam R4.5)
6. Mark B. Elrod (Hon RVF400)

Novice 450 SuperBike
1. Greg Clouse (KTM 450 single)

Super Dino
1. Patrick Corcoran (Duc 996)
2. Thomas B. Dorsey (Suz GSX-R750)

Novice Super Dino
1. Jordan Edginton (Suz GSX-R750)
2. Monte Izatt (Suz GSX-R600)
3. Larry Shaw (Duc)

Vintage
1. Andrew W. Clay (Hon CB550)
2. Mark McKinney (Hon CB200T)

Bay Area Riders Forum Formula 40 Heavyweight
1. Jason Lauritzen (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. James J King (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Damion Victor (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Gavin Botha (Hon CBR1000RR)
5. David Doerflinger (Hon CBR1000RR)
6. Warren Williams (Suz GSX-R1000)

Novice Formula 40 Heavyweight
1. Sherif Sandelin (Duc 1199)
2. Trevor Gilreath (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Aaron Dieken (Suz GSX-R1000)

Bay Area Riders Forum Formula 40 Middleweight
1. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)
2. Stephen Rue (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Craig Mason (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Jennifer Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Bret Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
6. Jahan Raissi (Tri Daytona 675)

Novice Formula 40 Middleweight
1. Anthony P. Campana (Tri Daytona 675R)
2. Michael Christian (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Oliver Woelfel (Suz GSX-R750)

Formula 40 Lightweight
1. Jason Catching (Suz SV650)
2. Jay Kinberger (Suz SV650)
3. Brad Woods (Suz SV650)
4. Dan Sewell (Kaw ZX400RR)
5. Daniel Coats (Yam R4.5)
6. Mark B. Elrod (Hon RVF450)

Nv F40LT
1. Greg Clouse (KTM 450 single)
2. Monte Izatt (Suz GSX-R600)
3. Rebecca Patterson (Kaw EX650)

Formula 50
1. Bud Anderson (BMW S1000RR)
2. Gavin Botha (Hon CBR1000RR)
3. Tom Wilbert (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Thomas B. Dorsey (Suz GSX-R750)

AFemme
1. Joy Higa (Suz GSX-R1000)
2. Jennifer Lauritzen (Yam YZF-R6)

Novice Afemme
1. Kate Whitmire (Suz GSX-R600)
2. Daniela Fredrick (Suz SV650)
3. Pamela Kunsman (Tri 675)

Clubman Heavyweight
1. Tyler Wolters (Hon CBR1000RR)
2. Trevor Gilreath (Suz GSX-R1000)
3. Jose Arrazola (Suz GSX-R1000)

Clubman Middleweight
1. Joe Brown (Suz GSX-R600)
2. Ilya Roytman (Kaw ZX6)
3. Greg Sharp (Suz GSX-R600)

Clubman Lightweight
1. Brandon Crawford (Kaw EX650)
2. Sam Romick (Suz SV650)
3. Greg Clouse (KTM 450 single)