Super Touring Light is amid the best-subscribed classes for the 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs on Road America’s 4.048-mile, 14-turn ambit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. With 32 qualifiers, the chic is amid SCCA’s best accepted for admirers of the Mazda Miata and the Honda brand. Fastest in condoning was arresting 2018 and 2019 best Danny Steyn of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Steyn claimed the Tire Rack Pole Award active his No. 9 OPM/Nelson/G-Loc/Mazda Mazda MX-5.
Sitting alfresco of Steyn on the avant-garde row was 2016 STL best Joe Moser of Wilmette, Illinois in the No. 36 Hoosier/King Motorsports/Carbotech Honda CRX Si. Moser had to affected agent agitation in condoning to alpha the race.
“The agent started active funny in Condoning 1, and afresh we maybe got two laps in the additional condoning affair and it wasn’t running,” Moser said. “We had to clean the agent on Thursday and got aback to the clue on Friday. I didn’t beddy-bye abundant aftermost night!”
The additional row started with third-place qualifier and 2017 STL best Max Gee of Lucas, Ohio in the No. 22 Carbotech/Hoosier Honda Prelude. Alfresco on the additional row sat Greg Maloy of Oak Park, Michigan in the No. 38 McB Autosport Honda CRX. Steyn, Moser, and Gee all angry in condoning times beneath the antecedent condoning lap record, able an agitative chase at the avant-garde of the pack.
Both Steyn and Moser were acceptable for an SCCA Super Sweep appellation by acceptable this race, as they’ve both won a U.S. Majors Tour® Conference Championship and assorted Hoosier Antagonism Tire SCCA Super Tours this year in T4.
Moser affective a quick advance at the green, out-powering Steyn into Turn 1. Steyn followed carefully with the acreage overextension out abaft him. It took a bend or two to achieve out, but Gee emerged in third place, followed by Maloy. By Turn 8 of the aboriginal lap, Moser was aperture a gap on Steyn and Gee that would ascertain the race. By the end of the aboriginal lap that gap was up to 1.365 seconds.
Moser connected to put ambit amid himself and the antagonism through the aboriginal bisected of the race, ambience a new lap almanac of 2:32.115 on the fifth lap. Meanwhile, Gee kept burden on Steyn, activity side-by-side through Turn 6 on the third lap. For his part, backstab best Steyn alleged on his Spec Miata training and collection adamantine and abysmal into the corners, finer blockage avant-garde of Gee and putting ambit on Maloy further aback in fourth. The action helped Moser extend his advance to 4.961 abnormal by the alpha of the seventh lap.
The agrarian agenda came during the seventh lap aback a blast at the avenue of Road America’s Turn 11, the Kink, brought out a abounding advance attention and a assurance car. The abeyance in antagonism accustomed the acreage to agglomeration up, eliminating Moser’s lead.
“I was watching the gap and got it up to about 5 seconds,” Moser said. “I knew Danny would be gunning for me at the restart. I couldn’t agitate him the additional time.” Steyn was accessible to booty addition run at Moser, saying, “The restart helped me by absolution my tires air-conditioned down, so it gave me a chance.”
After two laps beneath yellow, Moser afresh pulled out able at the restart. Steyn fell into band while Maloy anesthetized Gee for third place. Taz Harvey of Danville, California fabricated a run up to fifth in his No. 8 Acura Integra Type R. Gee regained third after in the lap but couldn’t authority it beneath abiding advance from Maloy and Harvey. After Maloy took third in the 10th lap, he put some ambit on Harvey and Gee who connected to action for the abutting two spots.
In the final laps, Darin Treakle of Marshall, Virginia fabricated a run at the top bristles in his No. 70 Treakle Insurance Agency Honda Civic Si. As the white banderole flew blame the final lap, Gee was nose-to-tail abaft Treakle and Harvey but fell aback as the acreage approached the accomplishment line.
At the checker, it was Moser arrive in a flag-to-flag win, followed by Steyn 2.141 abnormal later. Maloy beyond the band in third a few abnormal later. Harvey and Treakle angled out the top five.
In Victory Circle, an affecting Moser reflected, “I absent my dad aftermost December, and he’s consistently with me at the track. He cared added about me acceptable than anything.” With his additional championship win, Moser additionally becoming the Super Sweep appellation accepting won six Hoosier Antagonism Tire SCCA Super Tours and the Northeast Conference Championship in STL this year. “The Sweep is one of the hardest things to do in SCCA racing, so it agency a lot,” Moser said.
Steyn was businesslike about his second-place finish, missing his adventitious at a additional Super Sweep. “Any time you’re on the belvedere in any class, you accept to be thrilled,” he said. “Joe collection a abundant race! This is as acceptable as it gets.”
Maloy’s third abode accomplishment is a attestation to the antagonism antithesis in Super Touring Light. Maloy’s Honda CRX is a home-built chase car that aboriginal served him in SCCA Solo competition. “To appear home with a bronze, it feels awesome,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of fun.”
The Sunoco Adamantine Charger for this chase was Taz Harvey in the No. 8 Acura Integra Type R. Harvey started in 14th position and avant-garde 10 spots to accomplishment aloof off the belvedere in fourth place.
The 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs crowns Sports Car Club of America’s Road Antagonism National Champions this year at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America, Friday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct 11.
Live, online video advantage of Runoffs races, presented by Mazda, is accessible throughout the three canicule of antagonism at SCCA.com/live forth with an audio chase call—supplied by the Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Antagonism Tire advertisement team—and alive timing and scoring for anniversary National Championship race.
Provisional after-effects for Saturday’s CLASS chase at the 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs from Road America, with accomplishment position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps completed.
1, (2), Joe Moser, Wilmette, IL, Honda CRX Si, 13.
2, (1), Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mazda MX-5, 13.
3, (4), Greg Maloy, Oak Park, MI, Honda CRX, 13.
4, (14), Taz Harvey, Danville, CA, Acura Integra Type R, 13.
5, (5), Darin Treakle, Marshall, VA, Honda Civic Si, 13.
6, (3), Max Gee, Lucas, OH, Honda Prelude, 13.
7, (9), David Palfenier, Miami, FL, Mazda Miata, 13.