Nunez Caps 2012 Championship Season with a Win at Petit Le Mans

November 2nd, 2012

Chlumecky Claims First Win of 2012 Season in L2

Braselton, GA, Oct. 20, 2012 — Tristan Nunez capped off a dominating Championship season in the L1 Class of Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda with a win for his team Performance Tech in Race 2 at the 15th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda.

Michal Chlumecky of 6th Gear Racing took his first win of the season in the L2 Class. (Pictures available here)

Nunez started from the Pole followed by teammate Ryan Booth and Eurosport Racing driver Jon Brownson.

Nunez led all 29 laps of the race to finish his season in commanding fashion.

“We had such an amazing season,” Nunez said. “Performance Tech really showed what we could do out here. I can’t believe it was such a successful year in Prototype Lites and finishing the year with a win is the perfect way to head into the off-season.”

Booth lost second position to Brownson after the start and the two drivers remained in a spirited battle for most of the race. Brownson held Booth back in second until he spun on his own near the end of the race, which gave Booth the opportunity he needed to reclaim second place.

Brownson’s miscue allowed Richard Fant, driving for Ferrari of Houston, to slip by him as well and claim his own spot on the L1 podium. Fant’s third-place finish was also good enough to claim first in the Masters Class for the race.

Race 2 at Petit Le Mans was the final race of the 2012 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda season, and all Championship storylines were wrapped up.

Tristan Nunez finished his rookie season in Prototype Lites with 260 points as L1 Champion over second-place finisher Mikhail Goikhberg, who finished the season with 195 points. Jon Brownson finished third with 160 points.

The L1 Masters Class was a very close yearlong battle, and Jon Brownson ended up on top with 199 points. Ritchie Holt and Daniel Mancini closely trailed Brownson with 186 and 180 points each.

Scott Tucker and Alan Wilzig came to the Petit Le Mans race weekend tied in L2 Class points. Tucker’s fifth-place finish in Race 2 at Road Atlanta left him with a seven-point lead over Wilzig in the standings, crowning him L2 Champion for 2012.

Wilzig does leave the 2012 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda season as L2 Masters Champion, however.

WHAT THE DRIVERS ARE SAYING:

Ryan Booth, Performance Tech – 2nd Place, L1:
“I didn’t have a great start but I got back to second. Brownson got by me but I tried to stay on him. When he made his mistake near the end of the race I got around him. Second place is a good way to end the season. I hope we can race the whole season next year and follow in Tristan’s steps. Congrats to Tristan, he had an incredible year with Performance Tech.

Richard Fant (M), Ferrari of Houston – 3rd Place, L1:
“It was a great race and I had a lot of fun. I can’t really keep up with the young drivers here but it’s still fun to be the fastest old guy out there!”

Michal Chlumecky, 6th Gear Racing – 1st Place, L2:
“We had an exciting start right off the bat. I was able to make up some ground coming into Turn 1. I got into my groove from there. I had stable restarts and we just had a great car. Our setup was awesome today. I’m just happy to finish the season with a win.”

Alain Nadal (M), Ansa Motorsports – 2nd Place, L2:
“The race was pretty good. I’m a little tired because it was a long race. In the end it was a successful finish for me. I enjoy driving on this track and the camaraderie with all of the other drivers here in this series.”

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