Photo Finish and a New Record at Summit Point

Spec Miata race in dual Northeast and Southeast Conference SCCA Majors Tour almost too close to call; 15-year-old Mazda-powered Atlantic driver breaks track records.

The Southeast Conference Majors Tour came to a close this weekend at Summit Point Raceway in a dual-conference race with the Northeast. For Southeast, the races were Rounds 11 and 12; for the Northeast, Rounds Three and Four. Being the final racing weekend for the Southeast Majors Tour, the champions were determined.

On Saturday, in the fast formula group, 15-year old Keyvan Andres broke the overall and Formula Atlantic SCCA track record at the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Swift 016a/Mazda en route to victory. His fastest lap of 1:04.529 (111.578 mph) broke the existing track record by 1.8 seconds. He then did it again in Sunday’s race, further lowering the record to 1:03.973 (112.548 mph).

A photo finish in Spec Miata highlighted Sunday’s racing action. Danny Steyn, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., clinched the Southeast Conference Championship with his first win of the season after four previous runner-up finishes. Steyn looked to be in control of the race in his No. 39 ADEPT Studios/Rossini/OPM Motorsports/Traqmate Miata until a resurgent Tyler Kicera – who won on Saturday in his No. 44 Rock-It Cargo/Tait Towers/Kicera Motorsport Miata – battled back from an early issue in the closing laps. As the pair exited the final corner and headed to the finish, Kicera’s Miata had the run and pulled alongside at the checkered flag.

The finish was so close, it necessitated a visual ruling, with the judges on the start/finish stand noting that Steyn was ahead at the stripe, although Kicera’s timing transponder hit 0.005 second before Steyn’s.

The Northeast Conference races again at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at the end of the month on May 29-31.

SCCA Northeast/Southeast Conference Majors Tour
Summit Point Raceway
Summit Point, W. Va., May 1-3, 2015

Saturday Mazda Winners

Class Driver Hometown Car
F Production Ken Nesbit Manassas, Va. Mazda Miata.
Formula Atlantic Keyvan Andres Abbotstown, Pa. Swift 016/Mazda.
Spec Miata Tyler Kicera Manheim, Pa. Mazda Miata.

Sunday Mazda Winners

Class Driver Hometown Car
Formula Atlantic Keyvan Andres Abbotstown, Pa. Swift 016/Mazda.
Spec Miata Danny Steyn Ford Lauderdale, Fla. Mazda Miata.
Super Touring Under Gregory Gale Reston, Va. Mazda Miata.