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SCCA Press Release of 2011 Southwest Division BF Goodrich Super Tour

Monday, March 28, 2011

Group 3 Qual.

Austin Snader, of Brookshire, Texas, set a new E Production track record with a qualifying lap of 1:51.774 (93.403 mph) in a Mazda RX-8 to claim the top overall time in Group Three. Stuart Robinson, in an F Production Mazda Miata, followed overall and topped his class. Luis Rivera, of Angleton, Texas, led GT-Lite in a Mazda Miata, while Toby Grahovec, of Chicago, Ill., topped STU in a BMW 330. James Rogerson, of Pearland, Texas, led H Production in a Honda Civic S, while Grandbury’s Richard Dickey topped Showroom Stock C in a Chevy Cobalt.

Group 3 Race

Austin Snader, of Brookshire, Texas, drove his E Production Mazda RX-8 to an overall win in Group 3 on Sunday, racing out to a big lead on the field twice thanks to a mid-race full course caution that erased his initial deficit. Snader ended the day with a 19.353-second margin of victory in the time-shortened 13-lap race at Texas World Speedway.

The caution flew on lap four when the BMW 330 of Toby Grahovec lost a rear wheel in Turn Seven and left him stranded just off the course, re-forming the field behind Snader. He pulled away on the lap 10 restart, leaving second-running Bob Bramlage, in an F Production Mazda Miata, to battle with the GT-Lite Mazda Miata of Luis Rivera, the F Production Mazda Miata of Stuart Robinson and the Lotus Super Seven of James Smith.

Robinson got a great jump on the restart, but ran off track in Turn 2 and fell behind Rivera and Bramlage. Working back through the field, Bramlage and Robinson made side-by-side contact on lap 12, ending Bramlage fight for the lead.

At the checkered flag, Snader led Rivera, Robinson, Smith and Bill Allman in an E Production Mazda RX-7.

In addition to Snader, Rivera and Robinson’s class wins, Don Istook recovered from a first lap spin in the STU class to work back through the field for a win. Istook’s Volkswagen GTI was battling in the opening lap with Grahovec when Istook spun and recovered, but not before he dropped to the rear of the field. James Rogerson took a class win in an H Production Honda Civic, while James Place earned the Showroom Stock C win in an Acura Integra GSR.

Snader turned the overall fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:53.030 (92.356 mph).Grahovec set a new STU class track record during the race with a best time of 1:57.385 before the mechanical issue ended his day, while Rivera did the same for the GT-Lite class with a best time of 1:57.396