Like everyone else, we at TheLoudPedal had reservations about the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, and like everyone else, we wondered what to expect for the future of our favorite sport. We are long time ALMS fans and have enjoyed the spectacle that the Rolex Sports Car Series has provided for the last several years.
Much has been said about this new format and organization, and we're not really concerned with dogpiling on the criticisms that have been leveled on this fledgling endeavor. At times, we also expressed some reservations when we heard news that a few teams had withdrawn from the series, so when we arrived at the track very early Sunday morning we were not sure what to expect. We at TLP want to give our audience the straight sauce from the frontlines as experienced at our favorite track, and our verdict is...It's All Good! In all honesty, if this is the baseline for the next decade or so of sportscar racing, we're in pretty good shape.
The cars were many and varied, the crowds were excited, the sights and sounds were amazing and the racing was fantastic. Laguna Seca remains one of the best race tracks in the world, offering fans amazing access and great views from public viewing areas.
We arrived early Sunday morning. The main race was split as its 4 competition classes were divided into two races with two classes in each race. Typically this occurs at smaller street course tracks in which it may be a safety issue to have all cars on track at the same time. Given that Laguna Seca can accommodate a fairly large field of cars this split concerned us as we thought this might water-down the competition. Good thing no one listens to us. The two races were packed with action for entire two hour length of both events.
This action was in addition the Laborghini Super Trofeo Challenge race #2 scheduled for that day.
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Big thank you to the Tudor series for posting full race videos on their Youtube page.