There are 3 rounds left in the 2010 season and it looks like the points race for season podium positions is getting tight for certain classes. Itís now going to get even more interesting as Miata Challenge heads back to the self-proclaimed premiere time attack track in California, the Race #13 configuration of Buttonwillow Raceway.
This being a very popular track, expect the registration to sell out very quickly as we have to share the track with the S2000 Challenge and other non-challenge drivers, so please register ASAP to ensure youíll have a spot to enter the Miata Challenge for Round 8!!
Per usual, Speed Ventures credits on rewarded to the podium finishers of each class.
And remember, you guys are starting this year fighting for the season grand prizes, as per the 2009 season finale.
1st: $200 SV credit AND 1 set of 949Racing 6UL wheels (Gen 2)
2nd: $100 SV credit AND choice of either a $200 949Racing voucher towards $1000+ purchase or $100 gift certificate
3rd: $50 SV credit AND choice of either $100 949Racing voucher towards $700+ purchase or $50 gift certificate
Round 8 registration link:Sun, September 26th (Note: TRANSPONDERS ARE REQUIRED. Please order one during online registration.)
2010 Rules and Regulations link:PLEASE READ It is the competitorís responsibility to read and understand these rules in their entirety.
Mazfest 2010 and AAA Auto Club Speedway played host for the hot and sunny battleground of Round 7. With only 4 rounds remaining, it was the crucial point of the season for many competitors. A strong run toward the end of the season would insure anybodyís claim on the season points podium. This round was especially important because it had an auto-x special round in addition the ROVAL road course time attack, allowing more points to be gained to help make the class points race even more interesting. More interesting than the double-header weekend was the number of Street and Modified class competitors that came to protect or steal class positions from each other; 18 competitors total showed up during the course the weekend.
It was business as usual for the Unlimited class with Andrew Kidd and Gordon Jennings duking it out head-to-head during the time attack. What werenít usual are the mechanical problems for Gordon throughout Saturdayís ROVAL time attack. It seemed that between every session, he had something to fix. Fortunately, he was able to run laps in every session to get a fast lap time of 1:50.693. Unfortunately, it was not good enough as Andrew showed that he was in charge with a 1:49.099 lap time. Sundayís auto-x added two more competitors to the mix, but still the two giants raged on ahead. Again, Andrew was victorious with a 0.5 second gap against Gordon. Though Andrewís been on a winning streak lately, he is still 17 points behind Gordon for the season with 3 rounds to go.
In Modified class, Brian Wood felt the urgency to defend his lead during Saturdayís time attack, especially after he took a 1 round hiatus. Brian responded accordingly with very dominant victory with his 1:58.530 lap time, a massive 5.2 seconds over Edward Krisherís 2:03.707. Grant Heathman is also in the hunt for a possible season win, but fell short this round with his 2:08.216 lap time. On Sundayís auto-x, the story there was Grantís as he shocked all the Miata Challenge drivers when got his very first win with the fastest run time of day, and was a 1.6 seconds faster than Brian Wood. However, it was later found that Grant had miscounted his points for the auto-x because of his tire choice for Sunday, potentially rendering Grantís Modified class auto-x entry (and subsequent victory) null and void. An official ruling of this is still be decided by the Miata Challenge rules committee.
Street class featured the most drivers entered since Round 1 with 7 drivers, with 5 of drivers representing a local SoCal car group, KINOD. And within the group, a friendly rivalry had brewed from the weekend as all 5 KINOD drivers now occupy the top 5 spots in the class for the season. With different levels of car prep and driver experience spread throughout the field, this made it the hardest class to predict the winner going into the weekend. At the ROVAL on Saturday, it was mainly a close, hard battle between current class leader Derek Dicker and Sonny Watanasirisuk. However, it was a tough loss for Derek as he was 0.6 seconds slower than Sonnyís 2:08.265 class winning lap time. For Sundayís auto-x, it was a crazy 3-way battle for the win as the gap between 1st through 3rd was a mere ľ of a second. Again, Sonny came out on top with a slim 0.187 second victory over Leonard Patterson, which Leonardís victory over Derek is an even slimmer 0.079 second.