Race Details Race Times: 5pm & 6pm Laps: 29 & 15 Last Time Here Winners: Adel & Adam Weather: Dry The Track First constructed in 1957, the Laguna Seca Raceway is situated in Monterrey, California. The racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) long, with a 180 feet (55 m) elevation change. Its eleven turns are highlighted by the circuit's signature turn, the downhill-plunging "Corkscrew" at Turns 8 and 8A. A variety of racing, exhibition, and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from superkarts to sports car racing to music festivals. The name Laguna Seca is Spanish for "dry lake": the area where the track now lies was once a lake, and the course was built around the dry lake bed. After the course was reconfigured, two artificial ponds were added. The first race, held on November 9, 1957, was won by Pete Lovely driving a Ferrari. In the intervening years, the track has hosted USRRC, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA GT, CART, American Le Mans Series, Grand American, Monterey Historic Automobile Races, Speed World Challenge, AMA (American Motorcyclist Association), WSBK Superbike World Championship and MotoGP motorcycle races. The track itself has undergone significant changes over the past two decades to meet evolving safety homologation requirements. Changes include the addition of the entire infield area in 1988 (present day turns 3, 4, and 5, eliminating the straight that started at present day turn 2 and ended at present day turn 5) extending the track from its original 1.9-mile (3.1 km) length to meet the minimum-track-length criteria of the FIM for MotoGP events. (Old Track pictured below). In 1989, the year following the last Formula One race in Detroit, choices for a new location for the United States Grand Prix came down to Laguna Seca and Phoenix. The aforementioned 1988 improvements to the track were made in part to lure the F1 race. In the final decision, Laguna Seca was thought to be too remote and too small for an F1 crowd, and so Phoenix was granted the Grand Prix. On August 20, 2006, Toyota F1 test driver Ricardo Zonta set an unofficial lap record of 1:06.039. The official lap record is a 1:05.786 set by Marc Gene, in a Ferrari F2003. Hotlap This week we have @Ben McCluskey with a side by side of the RUF RGT-8 Vs an Aston Martin V12. Last Time Out Dubai made a return after it's S4 absence, and it wasn't long until it provided drama. only a few seconds in, Adam and Oz collided, effectively ending both their chances. Gaz pulled away, Liam made an early jump up to P2 from P6, With Ben, Matt & Benji, all fighting behind. the race didn't change much from there, with Gaz winning, Liam took P2 for a 3rd Spam Fritters 1-2 in a row. Matt took P3, surviving a late spin. Ben claimed P4 in his VW, Failing a post race emissions test, and Benji took P5. After the race Gaz was penalised for a qualifying infringement, and will start last in Laguna Seca, handing a great chance to the likes of Liam and Andrew. The sprint saw the 2 victims of the feature taking 1 & 2, With Oz leading Adam home, Gaz climbed up to P3, Keeping up his record in Dubai sprint races, Jamie took P4, And Liam claimed P5. Questions Last time we raced here it was S2, Are you glad to be back here? Gaz starts last in the feature race, prediction of where he will finish? Who is the favourite in Gaz's absence? How much of a nonce is Adam for what he did in the feature?