Easter Weekend at Road Atlanta

Braselton , Georgia :  The MINI of Charleston racing team spent the Easter weekend at the challenging 2.54 mile, 12 turn Road Atlanta race track.  The spring SCCA National was held on its traditional date, but had the unfortunate scheduling overlap of falling this year on Easter weekend.  Saturday morning qualifying found driver Brad Davis 2nd in the class of the 6 drivers in Showroom Stock C.  After some changes in tire pressures on the Kumho Ecsta tires for the afternoon session, Davis recorded his third pole position of the season beating his morning time by almost 1.5 seconds.  As the threatening weather barely missed the northern Atlanta area Sunday, the race started on a dry track.  After getting two rough starts at Road Atlanta last year, this race’s start was almost picture perfect.  “The pace car had just pulled into the pits and I shifted to 3rd just as the crew called the green flag.  The supercharged power of the MINI Cooper S gave us a great jump down the hill and we gained 5-6 spots right from the start”, exclaimed Brad.  “The first few laps we were with the lead SSB cars.  Although the faster class cars got by one by one, I used their draft on the long straight to build a nice lead from the second place SSC car”.  A steadily increasing “mist” and a leaking oil line from another race car created a slippery track that led to two cars spinning into the grass in turn 3.  “Our ten second lead evaporated when the full course caution come out.  2nd place Tim Meyers was drooling for a shot at a restart, but the slippery track and a stuck tow truck brought out the checkered flag 2 laps early. “When the crew told me the checker was coming out as we followed the pace car, I was relived we didn’t have to defend our position on a wet oily track.”  The team now has a record of 3 poles and two wins in the first three races.  Brad also has now claimed the points lead in the South East Division championship.  The next event will be the SCCA National at Daytona International Speedway May 7-8.

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