Sports Briefs 10.31.13

Local sports schedule
The Car Doctor championship Mazda team at the Sports Car Club of America races at New Jersey’s Motorsports Park comprised Jeff Baron, Peter Hain, Rod (The Nurse) Davidson, Tyler Pappas, and, standing behind them, Ryan (The Car Doctor) Pilla.

Doctor Repeats
    Ryan (The Car Doctor) Pilla repeated recently as the Sports Car Club of America’s national Mazda class champion, and also won the Sport Touring Light class. The races were held at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

    Pilla and his crew, which included Rod (The Nurse) Davidson, Tyler Pappas (who finished fourth in the S.T.L. class), Jeff Baron, and Peter Hain, brought three Mazdas with them from their shop on Scuttlehole Road in Water Mill.

    Pilla qualified for the pole position in all four of his races, and won all four during the course of the weekend. “These two classes are the most competitive in the country,” he said. “In qualifying for the final race, my lap time was 1 minute and 34.889 seconds, and the second guy’s time was 1:34.900. The third guy was 1:34.939, the fourth guy 1:34.998, and the fifth guy 1:35.481. That should give you an idea as to how competitive it was.”

    “We’re going into training now for the 24-hour race in Daytona in January. There will be four of us driving. Pilla High Performance Eyewear will co-own the car with the Car Doctor.”

Dock Race
    A 3.3-mile road race from Montauk’s post office to the Dock bar and restaurant is to be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., George Watson said this week. Montauk’s Senior Citizens Nutrition Center is the race’s beneficiary. The entry fee will be $20, yielding T-shirts and free beer at the Dock. Watson said there will be day-of-race registration from 10:30.

    “It all hinges on the weather — if it’s a nice day we could have as many as 150,” Watson said. “Last year we had 100. . . . Mike Bahel won.”

Harbor Champs
    The following won championships at the Sag Harbor Golf Club recently: Tom Ratsep, in the men’s open division; Naree Dokjan, in the women’s open division; Rick Oliver, in the senior men’s division; Strat Schellinger, in the first flight, and Diane Griffin, in the senior women’s division. Brett King was the men’s low qualifier.

    Ted Schiavoni and Pete Deleski (gross) and Ratsep and Tom Sabloski (net) were silver bowl winners, and Bill Rozzi and Liz Granitz were the president’s cup winners.

    The club’s newly elected officers are Bill Rozzi, president; Mark Vaughn, vice president; Read Vail, secretary-treasurer, and Ed Early, Claire Blodorn, Pete Garypie, and Ray Hardin, board of governors.

Polo Out West
    Melissa Hornung of Southampton and her fiance, Mauricio Devrient, an Argentine who plays at the Southampton Polo Club, are to take part in a Battle of the Sexes in Scottsdale, Ariz., this weekend, a polo match in which a women’s all-star team and the Arizona Polo Club’s men’s team will vie.

    One of Hornung’s teammates will be Sunny Hale, one of the top women’s players in the world. Jeff Hall, who has played in Bridgehampton Polo Club tournaments, will captain the U.S. Military team that is to face the Clogau Wales polo team for which Prince Charles, William, and Harry have played.

    The Battle of the Sexes and the U.S. Military-Clogau Wales match are to be part of the third Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Horses and Horsepower championships, an event that, according to its publicist, Mike Saucier, is “expected to draw 15,000 fans.”