West is Best - and on a Saturday, no less! Featuring a new S3 lap record set by some commoner in a hovercraft, this lap record was previously set by a Dirty boy. SHOCKER! Anyways, while it was a hot day, it didn’t stop 15 wonderful people from showing up trying to best driver they could be for this SpeedSF Challenge on Thunderhill West!


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This guy, man - being the sole entrant made it easy for Gordon Peng to take home 1st place in S1. He and his Chevy flew around the course, putting down a quick 01:21.411 lap time for the day. Great job!


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Bunch of fools in this group - Three drivers, three podium-placers! Andrie Hartanto drove some type of vehicle to take home 1st place! Andrie and the invisimobile drove levitated or something around Thunderhill West and used its magic powers to get a 01:20.795. This was obviously more of the car than the driver so let’s just take this with a grain of salt. A REAL driver by the name of Gary Yeung, piloted his Dirty Mango S2000, taking home 2nd place thanks to his 01:20.795, just a hair slower than the 1st place guy in the Mystery Machine. 3rd place finisher Gary Wong took a wrong-wheel drive Honda around the circuit for a 01:23.042 lap time. Probably faster than his Dirty Coconut S2000, tbh.


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Fearless leader Patrick Chio struck again with a new S3 lap record, except this time in the S3 class thanks to some excellent driving in some unnamed German tank. A 01:21.954 lap time beat out Gary Yeung’s S2000 lap time of 01:22.150 which was set back in 2016. This put Patrick securely in 1st place ahead of 2nd place Seigo Ma who set a new personal best lap time of 01:23.333 lap time! Bob Blackwood (not pictured because he went home early) took home the 3rd place finish with his 2005 Lotus Elise and a 01:25.012 lap time. Great job to our drivers in this class! We love seeing our drivers set new PBs.


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Suddenly, a wild Alfa appeared in the SpeedSF Challenge, driven by Jeff Tam, whose 01:26.306 lap time narrowly edged out Ritchie Punzalan’s 01:26.352 2nd place lap time set in his BMW E36 M3. Much respect to Jeff for helping that 4C shine! 3rd place…. dude, come on, Joe. A 01:26.387 in your FR-S! Need a friendly gust of wind next time to get you up the podium places :)


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“Mia” Yeung took home first place in not-his Miata, but earned a graceful 01:28.747 lap time, while 2nd place Kyle Abbas traversed this desert oasis in his Podracer, putting down a 01:34.747 lap time! Tatooine would be proud!


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An excellent job to our drivers who won their places and THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the SpeedSF Challenge! For those who are still chasing podium finishes, more seat time, coaching, and watching videos of the track will certainly get you there!

As we look forward to Round 11 of the SpeedSF Challenge at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on October 26, we want to say that we truly appreciate our sponsors and participants as it would not be possible without them! 

We thank our sponsors Wine Country Motorsports, G-Loc brakes, Titan7 Wheels, Necksgen, and Charles Schwab for their continued and valued support. Please visit their respective websites to show your support and let them know SpeedSF sent you!

Again, our next SpeedSF Challenge will be held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, CA. Again, please check out the event website by clicking here. We will see you at our next event!