With a weekend at Thunderhill in the books, the West Region series Spec MX-5 Challenge events are complete and what a couple of races to finish with.
Five drivers fought hard at Thunderhill with three Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC) racers in the crop. Alex Berg was race one’s big winner after qualifying in third. He fought through his fellow TMC racers Bryson Morris who started P1 and Wyatt Couch in P2. This was Berg’s third victory of the season and in-turn a fierce effort towards a championship run.
Race two did not deliver good news for Berg nor Morris. Both drivers were disqualified, putting no points towards the championship. Nonetheless, TMC racer Wyatt Couch brought home the victory in race two settong the fastest lap with a 2:04.507.
In terms of the championship, the race is close with Berg leading.
Berg, who ran eight races this season: Sonoma, Buttonwillow, Laguna Seca and Thunderhill found three victories, two second place finishes and one fourth, putting him at the top of the standings with a 97.33 average over his top-six races. Close behind Berg, is competitor Morris. Morris currently averages a 96.33 and behind him Couch with 96.12. The race for the championship is close, but Berg holds the lead.
West Region racers still have an opportunity to gain points towards their championship efforts. Per Spec MX-5 Challenge rules: “Regional series drivers may earn points from events outside their designated region. However, note that a minimum of 4 races in the designated region must be counted.” We look forward to seeing this group go out and find wins as the season progresses.