BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Elliott Skeer notched his fourth SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 win of 2013 in Sunday’s round eight race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Christian Szymczak finished second, followed by John Dean.
Driving the No. 17 Pelican Replacement Windows/ZoomZoomNation.com/Alpinestars MX-5, Skeer was able to counter Szymczak’s Round Seven win on Saturday with a last-lap pass following a restart.
The 45-minute timed race covered 25 laps, averaging 78.920 mph on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course, but was slowed by two full-course cautions totaling six laps. The second caution period, which was a result of the No.68 SBMX-5 of Bryan Silas contacting the Turn Two retaining wall, proved to have the most influence on the finish.
Following five laps under the yellow flag and the time period drawing to a close, series officials decided the course was safe to go green, resulting in a one-lap shootout to the checkered flag.
On the restart, Skeer sat second behind then-leader Szymczak. Skeer used the draft to make the outside pass of the No. 17 ALARA Racing MX-5 of Szymczak stick going through Turn Eight. From there, Skeer kept it clean to cross the line in first.
“At this place, the draft keeps everybody together, and today proved that,” Skeer said. “Everyone stayed together going down the back straight, and it’s just a war waging out there. We knew we had to battle with Christian [Szymczak] to keep him at bay. We couldn’t just let him get away out front.
“The cautions really helped me out. The car was great on the short runs, but not very good on the long runs. Having those two short runs late in the race saved me. I was trying to get a good run out of Turn Five every lap, but felt there was always some little mistake I was making. But, I got it right on the last lap and got the tow, a lot like what happened at Sebring, and was able to pop out to make the pass on the outside of turn eight.”
Szymczak took home his third second-place trophy this season. While he had led 18 laps, Szymczak was satisfied with the hard-fought finish.
“This race was a lot different from yesterday,” Szymczak said. “There was a lot of close racing and a lot of dicing that was going on.”
“Before the first yellow, I thought we were doing pretty well. On the restarts we seemed to be on the back foot, and on the last on Elliott was just able to get enough of a draft and get around on the outside of me going through Turn Eight. It was a good move on his part. It was a great way to end the weekend, a really exciting race. I don’t think there was too much else I could have done on that last restart, it was just his race.”