BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Kenton Koch did the race-weekend double by winning round eight of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, part of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Sebastian Landy finished second, just off the rear bumper of Koch. Ara Malkhassian finished third.
Koch led all but one of the 28 laps of the race, which ran without incident, that averaged 91.543 mph around the 10-turn, 2.459-mile permanent road course. The only other driver to lead at the strip was Nathanial Sparks, who was unable to finish the race due to a mechanical problem.
Driving the No. 12 ALARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5, Koch led a two-car breakaway that gapped the field by 20 seconds, after starting on lap six.
“The whole time I was trying to experiment a little,” Koch said. “I was thinking hard to figure out how to break the draft Landy was getting on the back straight.
“At the beginning, we had a couple really good battles where we traded positions back and forth with Sparks and Landy. Huge props to Landy for working together so we could break away, making it easier for the both of us. He [Landy] drove one heck of a race. There wasn’t anything I could do to shake him.”
In the No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy matched each move Koch made, but was unable to capitalize by taking the top spot. Each time the tandem of Koch and Landy crossed the timing line, there was less than one car length separating the two drivers.