ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – An overcast sky and slightly cooler temperatures didn’t diminish the heated competition in today’s Round 10 of Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda competition on the twists, turns and “Kink” of the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America course etched into the Wisconsin countryside.
Performance Tech driver Ryan Booth proved that he had mastered the winding ribbon of asphalt as he led flag-to-flag in his No. 18 Mazda powered Élan DP-02.
“The race went pretty well,” Booth said. “Got another win back-to-back which is pretty cool first time this year. Performance Tech just gave me an awesome car all weekend. It was spot on, just kept getting better and better time stayed the same. I just can’t be happier, and can’t thank those guys enough.”
while Booth was busy tearing up the lead, those that followed were determined to make the most of their on-track experience with several position swaps between Comprent Motor Sport’s Sean Rayhall, Booth’s teammate Daniel Goldburg, Master Classman Jon Brownson and JDC Motorsport’s Mikhail Goikberg.
The only yellow flag of the event came out at the halfway point to recover car No. 5 of Gustavo Torres that had slid into a gravel trap, and the ensuing restart jumbled positions two through four as Brownson made a strong pass in his No. 34 Eurosport entry as soon as the green flag flew and got the jump on Rayhall and Goldburg to move into second.
Rayhall quickly recovered his position from Brownson and Goikhberg made his move on Goldburg. And while Booth unofficially turned a faster race lap time than Rayhall, due to a failed transponder, IMSA regulations require that the race lap record be credited to the Comprent Motor Sports star.
“We started out with a decent car,” Rayhall said. “We couldn’t believe that the Comprent Motorsports guys got us to the point where we could somewhat stick with Ryan (Booth) for a little while. Ryan (Booth) and the Performance Tech guys along with Dan Goldburg and Mikhail (Goikhberg) just had really great cars this weekend. I’m just really fortunate to take the Robert Talbot 14 home in a second place finish, it’s a good points stay for the team. Really want to thank Race Light and Racing Radios for all their support as well. But there was no reason (Ryan) should have been nervous throughout that race he really was the best of the class today and we’re going to go back to work for COTA.”