Powell, Groenke pace TCA, TCB Divisions Friday morning

SALINAS, Calif. – Four-time 2017 race winner Greg Liefooghe of San Francisco, Calif., was the leading Touring Car class driver Friday morning in TC practice 1 in his No. 20 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M235iR sedan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in preparations for Saturday’s Round 11 and 12 season finale 40-minute races.

Liefooghe, a winner at VIR, Utah (twice) and COTA this year, led the 29-car field Friday with a time of one minute, 35.519 seconds (84.3 miles per hour) at the legendary 2.238-mile, 11-turn MRLS road circuit. Currently third in the TC point standings, Liefooghe still has a chance of capturing the coveted TC title in Saturday’s two features.

Second Friday morning was COTA winner Nick Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada in the No. 91 ST Racing BMW M235iR at 1:36.004 (83.9 m.p.h.) followed by his brother Karl Wittmer, also of Montreal, in the No. 99 Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord at 1:36.005 83.9 m.p.h.), TC point leader Paul Holton of Orlando, Fla., in the No. 71 C360R Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport at 1:36.176 (83.7 m.p.h.) and Mark Drennan of San Jose, Calif., in the No. 54 Hooverspeed Mazda MX-5 at 1:36.244 (83.7 m.p.h.).

In the TCA division, Eric Powell of Orlando, Fla., topped the class in his No. 23 TechSport Racing Scion FR-S with a 1:41.588 (79.3 m.p.h.) followed by Tom O’Gorman of Mason, Ohio, in the No. 94 Shea Racing Honda Civic St at 1:41.630 (79.2 m.p.h.) and three-time TCA winner Kenny Murillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., in the No. 33 Murillo Racing Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car at 1:41.948 (79.0 m.p.h.).

In the TCB category, the top three-point players (only separated by 3 points) lead the field on Friday morning with P.J. Groenke of Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada leading the way in his No. 25 TechSport Racing Chevrolet Sonic at 1:52.554 (71.5 m.p.h.). Second was Canaan O’Connell of Chandler, Ariz., at 1:53.119 (71.2 m.p.h.) in the No. 24 TechSport Racing Chevrolet Sonic and Jake Pipal of Oakdale, Calif., in the No. 6 Pipal Racing Honda Fit at 1:52.225 (71.1 m.p.h.).

The next Touring Car practice round Friday is set for 1:55 p.m. PDT.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, ,Greg LIEFOOGHE,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,14,Running,1:35.519,84.3
2,2, ,Nick WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec, CA,BMW M235iR,4,Not Running,1:36.004,83.9
3,3, ,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec, CA,Honda Accord,5,Not Running,1:36.005,83.9
4,4, ,Paul HOLTON,Orlando, FL,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,14,Not Running,1:36.176,83.7
5,5, ,Mark DRENNAN,San Jose, CA,Mazda MX-5,14,Running,1:36.244,83.7
6,6, ,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,BMW M235iR,15,Running,1:36.554,83.4
7,7, ,Pierre KLEINUBING,Coconut Creek, FL,BMW M235iR,7,Not Running,1:36.718,83.3
8,8, ,Toby GRAHOVEC,Celina, TX,BMW M235iR,7,Not Running,1:36.828,83.2
9,9, ,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M235iR,15,Running,1:37.093,82.9
10,10, ,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,15,Running,1:37.184,82.9
11,11, ,Tony RIVERA,Oceanside, CA,Nissan 370Z,15,Running,1:37.239,82.8
12,12, ,Rodrigo SALES,Incline Village, NV,BMW M235iR,11,Not Running,1:37.243,82.8
13,13, ,Anthony GERACI,Glen Cove, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,11,Not Running,1:37.592,82.5
14,14, ,Chris OHMACHT,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,13,Not Running,1:37.890,82.3
15,15, ,Anthony MAGAGNOLI,Dexter, MI,BMW M235iR,8,Not Running,1:37.998,82.2
16,16, ,Jayson CLUNIE,Prince Albert, SK, CA,BMW M235iR,13,Running,1:38.112,82.1
17,17, ,Travis WASHAY,Milford, CT,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,13,Not Running,1:38.142,82.0
18,18, ,Johan SCHWARTZ,Huntersville, NC,BMW M235iR,13,Not Running,1:38.224,82.0
19,19, ,John WEISBERG,Webster, NY,Mazda MX-5,12,Running,1:38.363,81.9
20,20, ,Scott THOMAS,Oklahoma City, OK,BMW M235iR,15,Running,1:38.713,81.6
21,21, ,JT COUPAL,Rochester, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,14,Running,1:39.066,81.3
22,22, ,Samantha TAN,Gormley, Ontario, CA,BMW M235iR,12,Running,1:39.505,80.9
23,23, ,Randy HALE,Haddam, CT,Mazda MX-5,15,Running,1:39.973,80.5
24,24, ,Joshua FORAN,Odenville, AL,Honda Accord,13,Running,1:40.467,80.1
25,1, A,Eric POWELL,Orlando, FL,Scion FR-S,12,Not Running,1:41.588,79.3
26,2, A,Tom O’GORMAN,Mason, OH,Honda Civic Si,9,Not Running,1:41.630,79.2
27,3, A,Kenny MURILLO,Santa Rosa, CA,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,14,Not Running,1:41.948,79.0
28,25, ,Daren JORGENSEN,Austin, TX,BMW M235iR,13,Running,1:43.228,78.0
29,4, A,Matthew FASSNACHT,Madison, NJ,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,13,Not Running,1:43.844,77.5
30,5, A,Elivan GOULART,Shelton, CT,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,11,Not Running,1:44.072,77.4
31,6, A,Shea HOLBROOK,Orlando, FL,Honda Civic Si,10,Not Running,1:44.721,76.9
32,7, A,Jeff SEXTON,Austin, TX,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,14,Not Running,1:44.870,76.8
33,8, A,Cameron PARSONS,Santa Ana, CA,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,14,Not Running,1:45.009,76.7
34,9, A,Kevin ANDERSON,Huntington Station, NY,Scion FR-S,7,Not Running,1:46.491,75.6
35,10, A,Daniel MOEN,Rindge, NH,Mazda MX-5,14,Not Running,1:46.719,75.4
36,1, B,P.J. GROENKE,Richmond Hill, Ontario, CA,Chevrolet Sonic,11,Not Running,1:52.554,71.5
37,2, B,Canaan O’CONNELL,Chandler, AZ,Chevrolet Sonic,10,Not Running,1:53.119,71.2
38,3, B,Jake PIPAL,Oakdale, CA,Honda Fit,13,Not Running,1:53.225,71.1
39,4, B,Damon SURZYSHYN,Winnipeg, MB,Mazda 2,12,Not Running,1:56.112,69.3
40,5, B,Jasper DRENGLER,Shawano, WI,Honda Fit,8,Not Running,1:56.299,69.2
41,6, B,James WILSON,Kyle, TX,Mazda 2,12,Not Running,1:58.197,68.1
42,26, ,Vesko KOZAROV,Salt Lake City, UT,Nissan 370Z,0,NS,,
43,7, B,Stephanie ANDERSEN,Racine, WI,Mazda 2,0,NS,,
44,27, ,Nicolai ELGHANAYAN,Laguna Beach, CA,Lotus Exige,0,NS,,
45,28, ,Justin RAPHAEL,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,0,NS,,
46,8, B,Blake THOMPSON,Oak Creek, WI,Mazda 2,0,NS,,
47,11, A,Paul WHITING,Las Vegas, NV,Honda Civic Si,0,NS,,
48,12, A,Tim PROBERT,Houston, TX,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,0,NS,,
49,29, ,Steve BOTTOM,La Quinta, CA,Nissan 370Z,0,NS,,