Malaysian racer, Weiron Tan scored another dominant victory this weekend in round 12 of the Pro Mazda Championship at the Iowa Speedway in Iowa, United States.
Driving the #22 Andretti Autosport Team car, in just his second oval track race, Tan led every lap of the 100-lap race and crossed the finish line 9.7 seconds ahead of the second placed driver.
Tan showed his pace straight out of the box when he finished third in the first practice session of the weekend, but the goal for qualifying remained to top the time sheets.
In an extremely competitive qualifying session the Malaysian racer posted the second fastest lap time, however post race officials found three racers to have broken regulations and Tan was promoted to pole position.
As the green flag waved on Saturday evening, Tan powered off the start-line to control the race immediately, pulling away to lead by over four car lengths from his nearest challenger.
Despite battles ensuing behind, Tan kept his focus on keeping his position and improving on his lap times and as the Malaysian continued to increase his lead, a racing incident mid-pack called for a yellow flag period whilst the track was cleared and made safe again.
The grid closed up, but on the restart Tan made another masterful getaway to maintain his position at the front of the field, demonstrating his oval racing skills on the short 0.875-mile circuit and with no one on his tail, went on to smoothly cross the finish line and take his fourth win of the season.
Commenting on his win in a statement here, Tan said: “Big congratulations to the team, we couldn’t have asked for a better result with both cars finishing 1 and 2 on the podium.
“The boys worked hard all the time and they deserve a little celebration. I felt that we made a really good comeback, to put the car on pole and win the race with the fastest lap, especially after the small incident we had in Practice 1 and limited track time afterwards. Very happy for them, for us, and we will be pushing hard for the remaining races!”
The next round of the Pro Mazda Championship will take place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio from July 30 to Aug 2. – BERNAMA