VIR Race Report: King Rat
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VIR Race Report: King Rat
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NASA's King RAT Motorsports Mid-Atlantic Spec Miata Challenge took a swing south for Round 5 of the series. This round, presented by TheRaceSite.com, revisted Virginia International Raceway where the series began the year in February. Unlike the February event, this round would run the North Course configuration. The North Course features a technical uphill section that challenges driver ability and is also well suited to the Spec Miata. This translated into some very fast lap times.

Up front, Evan Gay captured the pole position over Tyler Stewart for the first race of the double header. However, at the start Gay missed a shift allowing the entire field to pass him. Handed the lead, Stewart wasted no time building up a healthy gap - leaving others to battle for the 2nd through 5th positions. Stewart brought home his first SMC victory of the season while Gay worked his way back up through the field for 2nd place. Doug Griles had a uneventful race to finish 3rd and take the last podium spot. Newcomber to the series, Bob Hill ran as high as 2nd before a spin at the top of the roller coaster dropped him to 4th Place.

Gay again started on the pole for Sunday's race and this time he was able to hold off Stewart for the win. Griles again captured the last podium position. Bob Hill and Michael Katnich rounded out the top five finishers. Both races of the doubleheader event were clean and without major incident despite the packed field and mixed-grouping.

Griles holds onto his championship points lead over Gay in second and Allen Ellis in third after 9 races. With four races remaining on the schedule, the championship battle becomes more fluid with the next round as drops begin to come into play.

The next round of the NASA-MA King RAT Motorsports Mid-Atlantic Spec Miata Challenge will be presented by Carbotech Performance Brakes at Summit Point Raceway on Aug 26-27 2006. Carbotech Performance Brakes offers racing brake pad and rotor applications for racers in the US and Europe. Visit Carbotech online at www.carbotecheng.com.