Autocross #8: Rain or Shine!

Upcoming event – AX#9 at Salinas (last event of the season):

The 2023 GGR Autocross Season is ending fast, with only one more event left. We must be having a lot of fun! Our ninth (and last) is held at Salinas Airport on Saturday, October 28th. Registration is open at Come join us for the last Hoorah!

GGR Autocross club is proud to partner with Rancho Cielo in Salinas as our charity partner. Rancho Cielo invests in all young people facing challenges for success through diploma education, vocational training, counseling, and life skills development in a safe and affirming environment. Members and participants are encouraged to provide cash donation at our registration site (multiples of $25), or bring cash or check at the event.

 Autocross #8: 

Our eighth autocross event took place on Saturday, September 30th within the Sonoma Raceway. Thanks to Hooked on Driving, we conducted our event in paddocks B and C for our autocrossing needs. Attendance was light, as we were competing with one of the largest Porsche NA event – Rennsport. Thirty-seven drivers were treated to a double looping course designed by Ed Burghardt, with an average lap time of 48.851 seconds. The rain gods came over to watch our event in the afternoon. They must have been thrilled enough to bestow an abundance of rain in the middle of second run group runs in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the event had to be stopped early due to safety concerns with water building up on the course. A decision was made to count only the morning runs (first five runs) towards points, since the second run group had poor running conditions in the afternoon. Monty Pack took Top Time Of the Day with his fastest lap time of 38.831 seconds, followed by Himanshu Patel with his fastest lap time of 39.915 seconds, a distant second. PAX battle was tight with Brant Ballantyne garnering the top spot with his PAX time of 38.860, a mere 0.005 second faster than Monty’s.

And… there was just a bit of rain towards the end!

Autocross schedule is posted at

2024 Preparations

The autocross committee is getting to work on the 2024 schedule and rules. Our goal is to finalize both the schedule and rules by end of January 2024.

Look forward to seeing all you Autocross Enthusiasts at our upcoming events.

Himanshu Patel

GGR Autocross Chair