Molecule Racing Driver Michael Guasch Clinches Master Championship at Trois-Rivieres As Trois-Rivieres celebrated its 375th Anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres, Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear...
Molecule Racing Driver Michael Guasch Clinches Master Championship at Trois-Rivieres
As Trois-Rivieres celebrated its 375th Anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres, Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear Masters Championship driver Michael Guasch had a personal reason to celebrate as he locked up the Master Class Championship, for drivers aged 45 and older, with a stellar drive on the famed street circuit. In recording his sixth class victory of the season Guasch has built an insurmountable championship lead with three races remaining on the schedule.
"This has been an awesome weekend as the atmosphere here in Trois-Rivieres is amazing, and the circuit, while intimidating at first with all the walls, is excellent as well. It took a bit of time to learn the track and get up to speed but the JDC Motorsports crew gave me an excellent car and I was able to match my career best finish," Guasch explained. "I came into the weekend really hoping to wrap things up and provide the team with their second consecutive Master Class championship and everything went according to plan."
Driving the #91 Molecule Labs JDC Motorsports Mazda, Guasch, who hails from Walnut Creek, California, matched his best qualifying run of the season with a time of 1:02.761 around the 1.521 Mile street circuit to line up thirteenth on the grid. Driving a controlled race he smartly avoided several on track incidents and a hectic one lap green flag dash to the checker to gain two positions and finish just outside of the top ten overall.
"I was really hoping to get that first top-ten finish but realized that the championship was bigger than the single race finish," Guasch revealed. "I dropped a couple of positions on the start as I moved wide when I looked in my mirrors and saw a car behind me locking up his brakes entering the corner but was able to work back by him when he made a mistake later. The last lap single green flag lap made things interesting but I was able to finish without a mark on the car and make the podium trip as a reward!"
Guasch follows in the footsteps of last year's Master Class champion Chuck Hulse, who also scored the championship driving for JDC Motorsports. "Chuck and I have raced each other on the west coast based Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge and it is a thrill to be following up his championship with one of my own. Wrapping it up early is also a bonus as I can now start planning a party for friends and family when the series comes out to California for the finale in October at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."
With three races remaining, and with drivers dropping their lowest three finishes, Guasch leads the class with 148 points while fellow JDC Motorsports driver Gerry Kraut sits in second place with 82 points overall. The series now heads from Quebec to Ontario to Mosport International Raceway in the Toronto suburbs for Round Eleven of the championship on August 27-29.