Davison second in Star Mazda Championship Velocity Motorsports Driver James Davison confirmed his outright speed by claiming his second consecutive pole position at Round 4 of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear held at Miller ...
Davison second in Star Mazda Championship
Velocity Motorsports Driver James Davison confirmed his outright speed by claiming his second consecutive pole position at Round 4 of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear held at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. The unique 4.5 mile, 24 turn circuit is regarded as the most physically demanding in North America. The competitive status of the championship was further confirmed when 10 cars qualified within one second of Davison's pole time 2:38.170.
The waiving of the green flag saw Davison lead into turn 1 side by side with Jonathan Goring, however Davison was placed on the outside for turn 2. Slotting into 2nd position Davison made a slight mistake and dropped back to 4th place. The race then developed into a three way battle with Davison closing a 6 second gap on Lorenzo Mandarino and Jonathan Goring.
After closing the gap it became difficult to pass due to the design of the circuit and the effects on the aerodynamics of the cars. On the last lap Davison seized the opportunity and passed Jonathan Goring for 2nd.
James Davison Driver - #7 Star Mazda
"I am very happy with my performance under pressure this weekend, claiming pole position in the closing moments of qualifying and recovering from my mistake early on to claim 2nd on the last lap during the race. It was fantastic race at a great track." The race was won by Lorenzo Mandarino, James Davison 2nd and Jonathan Goring 3rd.
The Championship Standings are Dane Cameron 1st, James Davison 2nd and Marco Di Leo 3rd.
Round 5 of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear will be held in conjunction with the Champ Car World Series at Portland International Raceway on 9th June.
"After having tested well at Miller Motorsports Park, James Davison was able to capitalize on this experience with a well earned pole position. Surrounded by a large group of remarkably talented you drivers James knew well that winning was the game at hand but that just finishing was job one and what a job he did.
Going three abreast into turn one at the start, James was forced to lift by Goring giving Jonathan the lead. James in his angst to stay put tried to regain his position into turn 4 on that first lap only to find that he'd charged in a bit harder than his tires would allow and ran off the circuit. Now fifth, he had to meticulously work his way back up to the front in a group of extremely fast drivers. Nose to tail James' group of 5 sparred for 40 minutes with increasing pressure from his nemesis, Dane Cameron and the closing Marco DeLeo as the remaining laps dwindled, James made a magnificent pass for second with but 4 corners to go.
The only person in this fast group to give it a real go in the waning stages of the race, James proved that he is the heir apparent for the championship. We are over the moon with his performance and can't wait for the rest of the season to unfold."