BRASELTON, Ga. – Round three of the SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour tackled Road Atlanta on Saturday for the first series of races on the doubleheader weekend.
Points toward the season-long Conference championship were scored in 27 classes on Saturday.
The first group of the day saw a dominant group of race winners. Jim Daniels started third overall in the No. 86 SpecMiata.com Mazda MX-5 E Production machine, but rocketed to the overall lead around a pair of F Production machines and got away. Steven Lustig’s GT-3 No. 51 Luna Sueno Tequila/Autosport Acura Integra chased Daniels, with Ken Kannard’s overall pole sitting F Production No. 5 Northwest Cable/Hoosier/Mazda Mazda Miata behind in third, but Daniels scored an overall 9.842-second win.
The group’s battle was for the H Production top spot. Michael Miller’s No. 64 SportsCarSalvage/AppRaceTire Austin Sprite battled early with the No. 16 Sports Car Salvage/LTD/Comptune Austin Sprite of teammate Tony Drum and the No. 54 MINI of Charleston/MINIUSA.com Mini Cooper of Brad Cooper.
That fight became a battle for the lead when the No. 6 Atlantic Autoworks/Hoosier Honda CRX Si of Jay Griffin fell out with a mechanical issue on lap 10 of the 18-lap race.
Drum held off Davis late as they joined eventual winner Miller on the podium.
Jim Taggart’s No. 61 Drug Money Motorsports Lotus Exige and David Brand’s No. 3 Krugspeed/BGB Esq. Louts Exige looked like they were going to put on a show in Group 2, but when Taggart’s STU machine fell out on Lap 5, the overall win was Brand’s.
Just behind them, however, was a hard fought Touring 3 battle. Chad Gilsinger’s No. 07 BFGoodrich Tires/HPD/H&R Recaro/BRM Acura TL SH-AWD cranked out lap after lap, passing the pole sitting No. 26 Hoosier/Carbotech/Redline Honda S2000 of Chris Puskar early on.
Clear in front, Gilsinger’s mirrors were full of the No. 88 ICS Learning Group/DWW Motorsports Nissan 350Z piloted by Brian KIeeman.