Spec Miata Highlights NOLA Super Tour Finale

Craig Berry leads the Spec Miata field. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo)
Craig Berry leads the Spec Miata field. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo)
Craig Berry leads the Spec Miata field. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo)

AVONDALE, La. – Round Two of the SCCA Mid-States Majors Tour closed with a thrilling Spec Miata race, capping a BFGoodrich Tires NOLA Super Tour weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park that ran to rave critical reviews.

SafeRacer Club Racing drivers went out of their way to praise the NOLA Motorsports Park’s 16-turn, 2.75-mile circuit throughout the weekend, many here for the first time.

Sunday’s schedule featured a full slate of 17-lap races.

Formula F began the day in a race that no one seemed to want to win. David Livingston’s No. 85 ThermaMasters Swift/Ford spun in the race’s first corner and fell to the back of the field, but regained his composure and knocked off some fast laps and he aimed back to the front.

Saturday winner Bill Kephart’s No. 37 Vestial 10F/Honda spun on lap six in a battle for the lead with Wesley Cunningham’s No. 33 Over Fifty/MSR Houston/Honda Swift DB-6, handing the lead to Cunningham. With no one around, Cunningham stretched his lead to as high as 11 seconds until, on lap 11, he spun and fell back to third.

At that point, Livingston was back in front, ahead of Meg Sauce’s No. 10 Sportscar Performance Swift DB-6. Livingston and Sauce both spun again on lap 14, and just like that, Cunningham was back in front.

With a second chance at the top spot, Cunningham pulled away to the checkered flag, followed by Kephart and Livingston on the podium.

The Group Two race featured a fast and tight Formula Atlantic race that was derailed early when opening lap contact damaged the right rear suspension on Saturday winner Conner Kearby’s No. 56 GK-Motorsports/K-Hill Swift 016 and brought out a full course caution.

Father Gaston Kearby took over the lead following the restart in the No. 69 GK Motorsports/K-Hill Swift 016a, but spent the last half of the race with his mirrors full of the No. 70 Martini/Coors Light Swift 014a. Cooper could close to the rear of Kearby’s car, but with no way around, had to settle for second by just 0.786-second.

Darryl Wills swept the Formula Mazda weekend in the No. 1 Hillengburg Motorsports Formula Mazda, as did David Grant in Formula Continental (No. 59 Polestar Motor Racing Spectrum 014z), Jack Donnellan in Prototype 2 (No. 6 Kechi Energy Lola 598), and Tim Reinke in Formula Enterprises (No. 50 Formula Enterprises).

Charlie Vehle got an early challenge in the American Sedan race, as the No. 57 CH4 Resources Ford Mustang of Thomas Hines won the drag race to turn one, and held the lead on the opening lap. Vehle’s No. 50 Ford Mustang moved back to the lead on lap two, and then cruised to an easy weekend sweep when Himes pulled off track with mechanical issues on the front straight.

Matt Blehm moved his Super Touring Under-winning No. 48 Nissan 240SX around Cliff Ira’s Super Touring Lite-winning No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra late in the race for the overall second position, but neither driver was challenged in class on their way to weekend sweeps.

Zach Monette resumed his rivalry with David Fershtand in the GT-1 race on Sunday, following a tight duel during Saturday’s race. Monette’s No. 199 Optech Jaguar XKR got the jump on the No. 70 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette at the green flag, and moved into the lead.

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