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Two Molecule FM Champions Crowned at Thunderhill Raceway Park Hulse locks Pro FM, and Weaver takes the Standard FM Championship The Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge visited Thunderhill Raceway this weekend for their last visit to the track for...

Two Molecule FM Champions Crowned at Thunderhill Raceway Park
Hulse locks Pro FM, and Weaver takes the Standard FM Championship

The Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge visited Thunderhill Raceway this weekend for their last visit to the track for the 2009 season. All of the Pro FM drivers came in on Thursday for two days of testing and as expected 2009 Star Mazda Series Expert Champion Mike Guasch was at the top of most of the time sheets.

When the first qualifying session rolled around on Saturday Guasch took the PFM and overall pole with a 1:40.975. In the Standard FM class Bill Weaver took the pole and the associated bonus point that goes along with it.

In Saturday's race Guasch and Hulse battled in the opening laps, but eventually Guasch was able to generate a comfortable lead over Hulse. The real race was the battle for third. Jim Mali, who has been competing and winning in the Standard FM for years, brought out his new Pro FM and traded positions with Kohls throughout the entire race. In the end Guasch took the win, Hulse took second, and Mali was able to secure a podium position in his first Pro FM event.

In the Standard FM class Weaver got a great start and was able to get around a Pro FM in turn one. This gave him an excellent opportunity to build a strong lead which he held until the checkered flag. Stew Tabak, and Derry O'Donovan rounded out Saturday's podium.

On Sunday Guasch was on Pro FM pole again, but went off track early in the race. Chuck Hulse took the win, and simultaneously locked the Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge Pro FM class championship. Hulse was followed closely by Stan Kohls, and the final podium position was taken by Sean Prewett.

Bill Weaver ran another perfect weekend by claiming the pole and win on Sunday. Second place in Standard FM went to Derry O'Donovan, and Stew Tabak was on the final podium step.

The Pro Formula Mazda class has two races left, the first being this weekend at Mazda Raceway in Monterey California. The last race will be shared with the Standard FM class and will take place on November 7th at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma California.

The Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge is a regional Formula Mazda series that keeps costs in check by limiting travel to a general region and racing spec open wheel cars. The series forges into its fifth consecutive season as an officially sanctioned NASA race group.

-credit: fm

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Series Road racing
Drivers Mike Guasch , Chuck Hulse