AMP Summer Racing Series: Round Three
Spec Miata and Spec E30 Race One:
Steve Kaney (Open) started on pole followed by Keith Williamson (Miata), Blakely Fabiani (Miata), and Bill Miller (Miata). Last month’s race winner, Raiden Nicol was due to start third but was unable to start due to a brake issue prior to the race.
The top four held their positions on the opening lap as Williamson pressured Kaney for the lead in the early stages. On lap three the pace car picked up the field due to an incident at turn 14. After a few laps under caution, the green was back out and the remaining drivers kept it clean as they jostled for position through turn one.
White, Garcia, and Fabiani battled over the final podium position following the restart with Garcia jumping up to third. Fabiani dove down the inside of Garcia for third thirteen minutes into the race. Garcia retook the position at turn one on the following lap.
Kaney finished first overall but was running in the open class so Williamson was the Spec Miata winner in race one with Garcia and Fabiani behind. Jeremy Buckingham topped the Spec E30 class.
Spec Miata and Spec E30 Race Two:
Kaney started on pole following his win in race one but Garcia wasted no time in going from third to first on the restart. Nicol started 17th after his DNS in race one but managed to make up four positions on the opening lap. Garcia suffered a significant loss in power at the exit of turn one and gave up the lead and several other positions.
Meanwhile, Nicol was up into sixth by lap three before passing White for fifth and then Miller for fourth before the full course caution for Bill Griffin at turn 12. This halted Nicol’s progress through the field.
At the restart,Williamson passed Kaney for the lead as Nicol overtook Fabiani around the outside through the parabolica. Kaney and Williamson continued to battle for the lead which allowed Nicol to catch up in less than a lap. He outdragged Kaney at the exit of turn one to take second.
On the final lap, Nicol dove down the inside of turn one and locked up but was still able to slow his car down to make the move for the lead. Williamson tried to fight back on the inside of turn six but Nicol was able to get a better run and take the checkered flag after starting last.
Garcia recovered from his technical problems early in the race to finish third with Fabiani and Kaney rounding out the top ten.
The second race in the downforce class saw Chris Huhn defend from Kevin Clifford for the majority of the race and hang on for the win ahead of Corey Bobo and Bill Karrh. The historics class Robert Ryles won both races ahead of Greg Kimbrough and the Cardinals.