Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Rennie Clayton Moving to Sports Racers

Rennie Clayton, SCCA's 2003 Formula Atlantic National Champion, has started driving in CSR and DSR. RennWerks is building a new Stohr for Rennie from pieces purchased at the "going out of business sale" at Stohr Racing Cars, LLC. RennWerks is letting Clayton drive Richard Steranka's Stohr while his car is completed.

Rennie used the Thunderhill double National races this past weekend as a test session. After Steranka's Stohr was bolted back together Sunday morning, Clayton had his first on track experience in the car during the DSR practice session. Only minor issues were uncovered during the session, but that meant that Clayton missed the immediately following CSR qualifying session.

After setting ride height and various other changes, the second test session was DSR qualifying, where Rennie was second overall behind defending DSR National Champion John Hill in his tunneled Stohr.

The third test session was the CSR race. As the group rolled off the grid, the sky was sprinkling with rain and Rennie, without mounted rain tires, debated about joining the group. He joined the race a lap down and put on a driving performance, storming through the field on slicks while still getting used to the feel of the car. He finished 3rd behind John Chism (who started on rain tires) and John Hill (who pitted for rain tires) in their Stohrs.

With the DSR race being the forth test session, Rennie started at the back behind some 34 cars. He ended the race second overall with a best lap time only 0.3 seconds slower than winner John Hill's. Rennie's best lap time was under the previous DSR track record set by Kevin Mitz, in a Cheetah, at the end of last year.


Derek Harling said...

Minardi next?

I've got Paul Stoddart's number if you want it.

9:10 AM  
Stan Clayton said...

Rennie's Rennwerks Stohr CSR will be powered by a DSR legal 2004-spec Yamaha.

7:14 PM  

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