PITTSBURGH CORVETTE COUPLE AMBUSHES PORSCHES
CUMBERLAND AIRPORT AUTOCROSS REMATCH
Ford, WV – The Chesapeake Region Porsche Club of America
Cumberland Classic Autocross at the Cumberland
Regional Airport turned out to be
a rematch of the Porsche Corvette Challenge
held at the airport
just six weeks ago.
This time, however, the outcome was different as one of the country's fastest driving couples carried the Corvette banner to victory in two days of well-attended, close competition.
Kent and Karen Rafferty, Pittsburgh,
PA, actively campaign their
jet black 2003 Corvette Z06 on the
SCCA National Championship trail and they
showed their mettle against some
of the same cars that dominated the
inaugural airport autocross
at the end of May. They decided to
trailer in their car here on the
advice of Corvette owners who attended
the first National Road Autocross
Kent Rafferty finished first
in class and won the PAX System Performance Index title both
days. Wife Karen took a second and third in class and second
and third overall for her weekend's work. Only Dennis Howard,
Eldersburg, MD, prevented a clean sweep for the Rafferty's,
urging his distinctive yellow Porsche 996 TT between them, in
class and overall, on Sunday.
Fast Time of the Day (FTD)
both days went to the vintage Formula Ford of Stan Vann, Murfreesboro,
NC. Vann ran a 54.425 second lap in the .9 mile Saturday course
and returned to guide his 1970 Caldwell D9 to a 63.687 second
tour on the longer Sunday course.
Other strong performers
included Bill Hokemeyer,
winning BS division both days in a
1999 Porsche Boxster
and Fran Honeywell who drove his 1985 Porsche 944 to
double wins in ES.
National Road Autosport LLC organized and promoted the last minute event brought about by a cancellation in the Porsche Club schedule and attracted a field of 81 entrants for the weekend. The local group's event was just the second race at the Cumberland Airport in 31 years and was made possible by a prompt decision from the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority and approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to lease taxiway space for the autocross, subject to appropriate insurance and sanctioning agreements.