Danny Steyn, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, overcame a blown engine early in a week and employed a unsure tire plan to lead flag-to-flag and win Super Touring Lite (STL) during a 2018 SCCA Runoffs in a No. 9 Ocean Machinery/OPM/Nelson/G-Loc Mazda MX-5.
This was Steyn’s initial Runoffs win after dual lectern finishes, and a special emancipation after a distressing 2017 outcome during Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I’m so advantageous to come and redeem myself here during a lane that I’ve never been to,” Steyn said. “I had a feeling my automobile would be ideally matched for this form of track. It’s twisty and breezy and we do like to chuck things around and we like a tail to expostulate a car.”
With that in mind, Steyn motionless to take a risk and put softer “A” devalue Hoosier tires on his Mazda instead of a some-more unchanging “R” compound.
“I felt like we could get dual favourite laps out of them and we put adequate of a hole between me and anyone else behind that they wouldn’t ever mark on my tail,” Steyn said. “My thought was to mangle their behind in a initial dual laps.”
Craig McHaffie, in a No. 68 MX-5 Miata, came home in second place, 13.6 seconds behind Steyn.
“I attempted to chuck a draw tag onto Danny’s automobile so he could lift me around a lane with him, though it didn’t vessel out,” McHaffie said. “I’m not utterly a cowboy, we guess.”
After 4 years of Honda/Acura mastery in a class, it was a change to see dual Mazdas adult front. The 2014 Runoffs winner, Cliff Ira, was a tip illustration for a H-emblem cars and gathering his No.36 FIRA Motorsports/JMP Acura Integra to a final lectern spot.
“To all my B-series [Honda engine] friends out there, we gave it all we had with that front-wheel expostulate car,” Ira said. “I was intensely lax early, and a automobile came in after 4 or 5 laps, though by afterwards it was too late.”
Behind a tip three, a battles for fourth by tenth were parsimonious and not but moving moments. Thomas Lepper and Amy Mills both forsaken out after hit during tighten racing, and when a flags fell, Tim Auger in a No. 07 Wowsmiles.com/Augersmiles.com Acura Integra finished fourth and Ken Kannard filled out a tip 5 in his No. 51 Northwest Cable/Hoosier Mazda Miata.
William Keeling won a Sunoco Hard Charger Award by starting 19th and finishing 14th in a No. 11 Mazda Miata.
The 55th SCCA National Championship Runoffs crowns Sports Car Club of America’s Road Racing National Champions this year during Sonoma Raceway in California Friday, Oct. 19 by Sunday, Oct 21.
Live, online video coverage of Runoffs races, presented by Mazda, is accessible via a 3 days of foe during SCCA.com/live. An audio competition call, granted by a Super Tour Radio promote team, is also available, as good as live timing and scoring for any National Championship race.
Provisional formula for Sunday’s Super Touring Lite competition during a 55th SCCA National Championship Runoffs from Sonoma Raceway, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, automobile and laps completed.
1, (1), Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mazda MX-5, 20.
2, (2), Craig McHaffie, Walpole, MA, Mazda MX-5, 20.
3, (3), Cliff Ira, Kansas City, MO, Acura Integra GSR, 20.
4, (4), Tim Auger, Monterey, CA, Acura Integra, 20.
5, (5), Ken Kannard, Sebring, FL, Mazda Miata, 20.
6, (7), Ben Brandt, Pacifica, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.
7, (10), Carl Young, Salinas, CA, Honda Civic Si, 20.
8, (14), Cameron Wagner, Sunnyvale, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.
9, (12), Morgan Trotter, Temecula, CA, Honda Civic Si, 20.
10, (9), James Bishop, Clovis, CA, Toyota Celica, 19.
11, (11), Wilson Powell, Danville, CA, Mazda Miata, 19.
12, (15), Ward Rose, Modesto, CA, Acura Integra, 19.
13, (17), Joe Schubert, Woodmont, CT, Mazda Miata, 19.
14, (19), William Keeling, Houston, TX, Mazda Miata, 19.
15, (18), WC Storms, Maple Ridge, BC, Honda Del Sol, 19.
16, (16), Whitfield Gregg, Bellevue, WA, Mazda Miata, 19.
17, (8), Amy Mills, Bellevue, WA, Mazda Miata, 4.
18, (6), Thomas Lepper, Benicia, CA, Honda Civic, 0.
DNS, (13), Robert Strohmeyer, Las Vegas, NV, Honda CRX HF, .
Length of Race: 50 Miles
Overall Time of Race: 36:58.539 (avg. 81.784 mph)
Margin of Victory: 13.644 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: 1:49.754 (82.658 mph)
Lap Leaders: #9 laps 1-20
Sunoco Hard Charger: #11 William Keeling