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Gene Raymondi Takes 1st place in Zone 1 for 2013

Gene Raymondi and his Blue Lightning

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Team worked hard through out the 2013 season to capture the Zone 1 E stock class title.

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the presentation given at the PCA CNY Annual Dinner. Chris White – President

 

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Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Right Outcome!

Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Right Outcome!

Watkins Glen Porsche Clash 2013

Brian Watson, #509 944 Spec-1

 

This year’s Clash saw SIXTY 944’s registered to race – enough so that the Green Run Group was comprised solely of 944’s in three classes; Spec-1, Spec-2, and Spec-3. It was the first time that cheap online pharmacy I have been in a race group where all the cars were reasonably close in preparation and where we could run in packs and race together competitively throughout the entire sprints and enduro. Track Time Photos has some great shots posted on their site. If you are a 944 fan like me, check them out at www.tracktimephotos.com and search under PCA using the 6/1/13 and 6/2/13 dates of the clash. Here’s one…thanks to Track Time Photos for being at the track and allowing me to use it.

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Blue Lightning Racing 2013 PCA Clash Club Race

Blue Lightning at the Clash

By Larry Lee

 

Late May brings the Porsche Clash to Watkins Glen. This is one of the biggest events of the year on the PCA racing calendar. The Blue Lightning race team has been running this race since 2006. We have had some good results here and some bad as well. Last year Gene Raymondi had his first ever crash in practice for this race damaging his 2004 Boxster enough that it was unusable for the Clash. We climbed back on the horse and were able to recover somewhat with a mid pack finish using his 1986 944 Turbo race car. This year things are looking up. Over the winter Chris White rebuilt the Boxsters engine and transmission, added a light weight fiberglass roof with quick releases and knocked a clomid for men lot of weight out of the car. Chris installed a set of Nitrogen powered air jacks to make tire and brake pad changes much faster (just like a cup car!). All good things in the go fast calculus. Coming off some good results in the first race of the season at Lime Rock about a month earlier Gene and New Blue were ready for the Clash. The last few years, the Blue Lightning Boxster has been running near the front. Not good enough to win this event yet but close enough for us to start harboring crazy thoughts of podium finishes.

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BL Racing Lime Rock 2013

The start of the new 2013 club race season, Central NY Club racers at Lime Rock.

By Larry Lee

 

Well it’s a new year and the start of a new PCA club racing season. Over the off season, racers across the country have been reading rule books, buying parts, working on cars and looking forward to the time when engines start and the process of turning money into noise can begin. For Central NY PCAers Brian Watson and Gene Raymondi, the new racing season began again at the Connecticut Valley Region Twin Sprint Rumble Club Race at Lime Rock CT on Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th.

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Blue Lightning Racing at Lime Rock 2012

Blue Lightning Racing at Lime Rock.

Larry Lee

 

Here we go again. Blue Lightning Racing went to Lime Rock Connecticut on April 26, 27 28 to run one day of the Connecticut Valley Region DE and the 2 day PCA club race. For this event, Central NY members Brian Watson was running his 1986 class SP1 944 and Gene Raymondi was running his 2004 E stock Boxster. This was the first race this year for both drivers. New this year in the PCA Club Racing world is a season points championship where a PCA Regional and National Champion for each class will be determined. Points are awarded based on finishing position in class and the number of cars in class behind you. Both Gene and Brian are running for the championship in their respective classes this year. Both drivers are tentatively scheduled to run 5 races this year.

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Blue Lightning Racing at VIR 2012

Blue Lightning Racing at the PCA Zone 2 Club race at Virginia International Raceway

By Larry Lee

 

Blue Lightning Racing ran the PCA club race a Virginia International Raceway June 22nd to 24th. This would be our third race of the season and our first ever race at VIR. Gene had run 2 Drivers Ed events at VIR recently with his Boxster to get familiar with the track and at the last event he had put in some decent laps in the 2:18 range. Gene knew there was more speed to come as he improved his knowledge of the track and confidence with the car.

 

Gene’s incident with his Boxster before the Clash, left us to run Old Blue, his black 1986 944 Turbo that he had raced for many years. It has been a couple years since he has run this car and our hurried race prep for the Clash consisted of little more than a car wash, bleed the brakes and change brake pads and rotors and go racing. Old Blue survived the Clash in fine form (Yeah baby) but for the race at VIR some more work would need to be done to get the old girl up to speed. We dropped the car off at a local shop for some badly needed race prep. Several things were done, update the seatbelts, bleed the clutch, check for loose nuts & bolts which turned up a loose brake caliper and some CV joint bolts that had backed out a little bit. It was also decided to put much stiffer springs on the car at this time which also requires an alignment and corner balancing. This work was completed just in time to load up for the long haul to VIR. Yeeee dogies, we’re going racing!

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Blue Lightning Racing at NJMP 2012

BLR at NJMP 2012

By Larry Lee

 

Blue Lightning Racing ran our fourth race of the season at the PCA Club race at New Jersey Motorsports Park August 24th through the 26th. We have had pretty good luck here recently as two years ago, we won our first ever race taking the E Stock class win in the enduro in a very close finish and last year we had a dominant class win in a rainy enduro just ahead of an approaching hurricane

Irene. If we hadn’t slowed down near the end of that race we probably could have taken first overall only being passed in the last few minutes by two 911-Cup cars. Big things were expected for this year’s race. As usual, car owner Gene Raymondi signed up for the 2 day DE on Wednesday and Thursday before the race. This DE was more important than usual because he had just gotten his 2004 E Stock Boxster back from the body shop after crashing at Watkins Glen in June the day before the Porsche Clash. The original plan was to get the car back and do a one day DE at Watkins to sort things out but that didn’t happen because the car was finished much later than anticipated. The first time the car would be run in anger would be at this DE in NJ. This doesn’t leave much time to fix

anything if the car isn’t right.

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The first day of the DE was spent getting Gene used to the car again and just seeing if it would run for the whole day. Gene wasn’t running the car very hard and it felt pretty good. His lap times were pretty slow but he was on old tires just getting the feel again. Nothing to worry about.

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