|August 6 - Mosport Raceway (Round 3 Best Western Championship)|
Racers Beat The Rain With Ryley Right On
Under threatening weather conditions, World Speed Motorsports' Grant Ryley drove a nearly flawless
race after being challenged twice by Team Bucknum Racing/S3's Bernardo Martinez. After two separate contacts with Ryley that bent first the left, then the right side of his front wing, Martinez fell from second to third after a late-race pass by Valley Motor Center's Jason LaPoint, who now takes over the Best Western Championship points lead.
Rain and wind moved into the Mosport area just as Star Mazda teams were packing up their trailers. For the race, the skies remained overcast, but the track was dry. It was an exciting 27-car field that consisted of
some of the fastest Star Mazda drivers in the country. Ryley, whose spirited drive at Sears Point two weeks earlier impressed all, picked up where he left off at the Sonoma track-headed toward the front. In Friday's
practice session, Ryley was third quick behind LaPoint and World Speed teammate Alex Figge. On Saturday, Ryley dipped to sixth quick, but came back Saturday afternoon to set fast time in qualifying.
"We not only worked hard on the car this weekend, but our winter testing program was intense and it's paying off," said the 24-year-old Ryley. "This weekend, every time I'd mention even the smallest thing, the
guys on the World Speed team would jump right in and figure it out. This win is for them."
With the Best Western Championship points chase tight, this
stop at the scenic and historic Canadian road course was important,
especially for championship leader Martinez, who was trying to protect a
Up front, the race for the lead remained intact with Ryley holding off Martinez' charges, but Wade and LaPoint were engaged in a great battle for third. On lap 12, LaPoint passed Wade as the pair raced down Mosport's long back straight. "Chantz was driving really well and I couldn't get by him in the areas where I was fast, so I had to wait for the straight," LaPoint explained. Unfortunately, less than five laps later, Wade's race was over when he went wide at Turn Two and into the tire barrier. "Here's the story," Wade said. "Loose, gray, crash."
At almost the same time, Martinez was making a move on
Ryley in Turn Eight. Ryley took the defensive line and turned in, but
Martinez was too close and contact was made between Ryley's left-rear and
That development gave Ryley a little more breathing room,
but Martinez came back one more time with three laps remaining. As the
pair entered Turn One, Martinez went inside and, again, Ryley took the
line. This time contact was made with Martinez' left-front wing. "I
knew he was there," said Ryley, who explained his car began to
oversteer mid-way through the race. "But, I had the turn, and I
wasn't about to just give it
TIME OF RACE: 31m51.972s
|Round 3 - Best Western Championship Official Results|
|Pos||Driver||Laps||Laps Led||Difference||Fast Lap|
|16||Tom Mabey||21||-- 1 lap --||1:25.993|
|27||Chantz Wade||16||-- 6 laps --||1:22.598|
|Round 3 - Best Western Championship Points|
STAR MAZDA SERIES BEST WESTERN
CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 5 POINT STANDINGS
(After 3 of 8 rounds):
1. LaPoint, 117; 2. Martinez, 115; 3. Ryley, 107; 4. Bradley, 106; 5. Beardsley, 85.