Three Double Winners At Road Atlanta
Traffic broke up that battle with just a couple of laps to go, with Bellingham running to his second consecutive victory, followed by Ferguson and Isley.
The big bore machines of Group Four had their start waved off by the starter twice before finally getting the green flag on lap three when the field formed up two-by-two to satisfaction. Once green, the only question was which of the leaders in GT-1, GT-2, American Sedan, Touring 1 or Touring 2 would be able to set a new track record.
Three drivers did. Doug Peterson won his third race of weekend, doubling up in the GT-1 No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Camaro and setting a new Road America class record with a lap of 1:21.339. George Winkler’s Touring 1 No. 27 Winkler Automotive Service Center Ford Mustang Boss 302S and Matthew Pullano’s Touring 2 PullanoPT.com/Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette both doubled up on the weekend and set new class records with laps of 1:32.712 and 1:34.137, respectively.
For the second day in a row, the Spec Miata race was a heartbreaker for Danny Steyn. Steyn’s No. 39 ADEPT Studios/ROSSINI/OPM Mazda Miata worked to the front of a draft of cars that was nine deep at various points of the 18-lap race.
As the laps wound down, however, Steyn and the No. 74 BSI Racing Mazda Miata of Andrew Carbonell had pulled a gap on the field and, when Steyn led Carbonell across the stripe to begin the final lap, they would decide the race.
Steyn found himself in the same situation on Saturday when Jim Drago’s No. 2 East Street Racing Miata whipped past him in Turn 10 under braking down the back stretch. For the second-consecutive day, Steyn was a sitting duck on the final lap, this time with Carbonell pulling the lead under braking in turn 10 and getting to the checkered flag just .104-second ahead of Steyn.
Getting to enjoy the podium ceremonies for the first time this weekend was 17-year-old Dillon Machavern, driving the No. 24 Heritage Motorsports/Panic Motorsports Miata. The youngster finished as the runner-up in the GT-1 race on both days, but had to jump from his No. 29 Heritage Automotive Group Ford Falcon and into his Spec Miata before the trophies were handed out. Machavern finished fourth in Spec Miata on Saturday, so the final podium was a sweet reward for a successful weekend.