Last year’s Sonoma races gave us the closest finish in Spec MX-5 Challenge history. This year, history was made once more.
AUSTIN, June 15, 2021 – The Spec MX-5 Challenge Series’ racers prepare for another record-breaking event weekend. Sonoma Raceway will host the series in the fourth West Region event of the season. On-track, the competition is heating up.
Spec MX-5’s trip to the historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca did not disappoint. Built in the late 1950s this track has become synonymous with speed and rhythm. Located between Salina and Monterey, California the paved track has 180 feet of elevation with 11-turns. Arguably the most iconic part of this speedway is the “Corkscrew,” at turns 8 and 8A where drivers are challenged to react fast and maintain control.
It only took a few laps for regular season champion and points leader Brandon Hawkin’s race to go from good to bad. Qualifying in P2, he almost immediately slipped to P3 at the start as Saxon pushed DelCampo towards T1. Then on lap 2, an overly ambitious dive by P7 clipped Hawkin’s rear bumper, sending him back to P14. Hawkins would eventually finish P9, netting him only 12 points and dropping him to 3rd in the Championship.
Tonight’s event at COTA wraps up the virtual racing competition for the Spec MX-5 SimRacing Challenge series. After almost 5 months of competition, the top-25 drivers from the 8-round regular season will compete for the awesome opportunity to drive an actual NC Spec MX-5 racecar!
The first event of the 22 event Spec MX-5 Challenge regular season took place at Utah Motorsports Campus in Toole, UT. This impressive facility is just outside of Salt Lake City. Positioned in the valley west of the Wasatch mountains, March sports car racing at UMC offers the opportunity for an epic week of skiing, biking and road racing.