Joshua Allan’s RDR Mothers/Mazdaspeed 2006 Mazda MX-5 cruised to victory by nearly 45 seconds to take the PTC class victory at the 2016 NASA Western States Championships at Buttonwillow Raceway. In a flawless race by Allan, he left the PTC field in his dust, quite literally. Allan was followed by Team Greenbaum in second place and Timothy Carman in third.
Lacking serious competition during the race, Allan fought against the conditions to keep the car on the track and secure the victory for the team.
“The conditions made it pretty challenging,” Allan said. “Lots of wind, lots of dust, some visibility issues. Grip was changing in various parts of the track. For the most part, I was uncontested, just a little bit of traffic. Pretty easy going race.”
Despite coming in a lap down to Allan, Timothy Carman had no easy race. In true NASA fashion, Carman found some cars from other classes and diced with them despite the class differences.
“It was great. It was a fantastic race,” said Carman, who finished third. “There was a lot of traffic, and everyone raced very well. Our car had multiple problems, so thank you to Marco Polo BMW, OMS, and Midnight Oil 619 and especially to Ian Klampy.”
Team Greenbaum’s 1995 BMW 318ti was the only one racing on the Championship weekend. Greg Greenbaum drove that car to a second-place finish.