• Heather Hadley

Thunderhill Raceway Park

Updated: Sep 14, 2018

Thunderhill was one of the best race weekends I have had all year! It was exciting, rejuvenating, and uplifting. After weeks of disappointment, Thunderhill was exactly what I could have wished for. It started off with not the highest of hopes. We had left Sonoma a couple weeks prior with a cracked head and oil leaking all over half of my car. It ended my final race on Sunday with a meatball flag and therefore a disqualification. So we entered Thunderhill with the same cracked head and the need for a lot of improvement. Not to mention, we were running the track layout in reverse, a new experience for most of us. My father and I showed up Friday for a practice day and got one session in. Turns out the one was all we needed because we discovered the head was still leaking oil, but my father epoxied the crack and it hasn't reoccurred since.

We parked next to a well-known champion Legend Car racer who helped us all weekend. One of the first things he taught me was how to left-foot brake, improving my lap time from day 1 to day 2 by over 10 seconds. I also became in love with the track layout. Its probably my second favorite track, Sonoma being the first of course. I won both of my main event races Saturday and Sunday in my class, and I was gaining on the leaders by improving my lap seconds almost every time that I went out. Overall my weekend was, in a good way, something totally unexpected. I hope to have more of these in the future and am looking forward to keeping these improvements rolling!

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