Ten Mazda racers earn SCCA Northern Conference titles

Ten Mazda racers earn SCCA Northern Conference titles

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Ten Mazda racers earn SCCA Northern Conference titles


The Northern Conference of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour wrapped up its season with the Last Chance Majors at the 2-mile Grattan Raceway Park, a few miles from Grand Rapids, Michigan When all of the points were tallied, only one Mazda driver repeated a class championship: David Bednarz, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, once again claimed the F Production title in his Miata, taking three wins and three more podium finishes in eight starts. That included opening the year with a double victory at Blackhawk Farms over Miata driver Michael Sturm, who was his closest competitor in the championship.

In E Production, Ron and Rick Olsen battled all season in their RX-7s, almost always finishing one behind the other. But more often than not, it was Ron who finished in front, and that, plus making eight starts, earned him enough points to beat brother Rick by only 11. Jon Brakke scored four EP wins in his Miata, but making only six starts meant he wasn’t able to defend his championship. Having only a handful of races didn’t hurt Rob Warkocki much, however, as he brought his GT-3 RX-7 out for the final two events of the year and clinched that title.

Scott Rettich continues to be a dominant player in spec racing, claiming the Formula Enterprises title by eight points over Becker Reardon. Rettich won all but two of the eight Northern Conference races he started. Rhett Barkau wasn’t as dominant in FE2, but five wins helped him to the conference championship over Max Grau. Formula Mazda has a smaller turnout in the Northern Conference, so Steve Johncock’s four wins in four starts was enough for the championship.

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