Atlanta Motorsports Group scored another victory at the USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill this past weekend as the #79 BFGoodrich MX-5 of Guy Laidig, Beau Borders, Travis Wolcott and Todd Launchbaugh took the win in the E2 class.
ATLMG ran three MX-5’s at the event, all run on BFGoodrich tires and Cobalt Friction brakes. Optrix videographers were on hand to capture all the action on photo/video throughout the event, and a race recap will be available online soon.
Guy Laidig, Beau Borders (Pivothead), Travis Wolcott, and Todd Launchbaugh (Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate / Right of Way) ran an impressive race to take the win in E2 over 20 laps ahead of their nearest competitor. Their car never made an unscheduled pit stop, never went behind the wall for repairs and didn’t have any penalties – the equivalent to hockey’s hat trick at a 25 hour endurance race. For Wolcott and Launchbaugh, this was their first start at the 25, making their inaugural event very memorable.
Beau Borders: “The film I’m working on in Los Angeles changed its schedule at the last minute, so I had to skip testing and qualifying. I never drove the car until my first stint in the race - which was at night! Fortunately our drivers and our Car Chief Tony Silva got together and agreed to run a pace which was several seconds slower than what the car was capable of, putting me at ease behind the wheel.”
Guy Laidig: “The drivers were on the same page with regard to strategy and did a great job of taking care of the car and keeping out of trouble. We had an unusually smooth race with no on-track contact, no mechanical issues, flawless pit stops and no penalties. It is always an advantage to be able to tap into the vast experience of the pro drivers in the Atlanta Motorsports Group line-up.”
Todd Launchbaugh: “I want to thank my driver coach, Todd Lamb, for getting me up to speed quickly on a track that I haven’t been to. I was able to use his advice to bang out consistent laps during my three stints in the car. He showed us where we needed to be conservative and avoid contact in the trouble spots.”
Travis Wolcott: “The race was brilliant. Our Mazda MX-5 ran like clockwork, and my co-drivers did a great job staying out of trouble. It’s an amazing feeling to win the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, and to win it in my first attempt is unreal!”
The E1 car of Andrew Caddell (BFG), Todd Lamb (SafeRacer), Ryan Winchester (Ligon), and Brad Rampelberg (Optrix) finished third in class after struggling with mechanical issues throughout the race. This is a testament to the team and drivers who put in the effort despite being down multiple laps early on in the race. Persistence throughout the night to push through the challenges and finish third reflects the professional attitude of the team.
The E0 car of Australians Daniel Deckers (Deckspeed) and Michael Hall (Deckspeed), Stephan Tisseront, and Kevin Baillie (Optrix/Atomic Fiction) finished fourth in class after also suffering mechanical issues early in the race. All four of the drivers performed flawlessly to bring the car to the finish in one piece, with Deckers/Hall/Tisseront completing their first ever 25 Hours event with honors.