The seventh round of the Heusinkveld Mazda MX-5 World Tour was at Road Atlanta, a track well known for its challenging and unforgiving turns that bring some great racing in any car.
The race saw Sonny Kanchin on pole, with his championship rival, Eerõ Nomm alongside him. The leading AM class driver, Anwar Beroual-Smith would start in sixth place. Chris Daines made his debut in the MWT this time out, starting in a promising tenth place.
Kanchin got a good get away off of the line, but Jason Cooper was the biggest looser, going down to eighth place after turn one. The Eagles Nest Tavern car of Brian Holmes was spun around on the exit of turn seven, by Beroual-Smith. Holmes was forced to retire after making hard contact with the inside wall, but Beroual-Smith was able to continue.
The biggest mover after four laps was Torque Freak Racings Gianni Quintelier, he started in 20th place and was able to make his way up to 11th by the end of lap four. However he was having some connection issues, which would force him to retire later on in the race.
The third place car of Drees Nice got loose midway through the final corner, he was hit into the inside wall by Marcello Pagnan who had nowhere to go. Nice was forced to retire with Pagnan able to continue.
Eerõ Nomm came in to the pits on lap 16, the first driver to come in in the lead pack, he came out just behind Max Wright, someone that Nomm would be able to use as a draft partner to help him jump Kanchin in the pitstop phase. Artem Khorolsky came in next time by, he came out further behind Nomm than he would have wanted, leaving him with some work to do. Kanchin started to pull away from Pagnan and Copper. The three remaining leaders of Copper, Pagnan and Kanchin came in on lap 18. Kanchin was able to put in another quick pitstop and build a gap to Nomm who had been jumped by Sonny Kanchins Asbury Motorsport teammate Marcello Pagnan. Cooper missed his pit stall and came out just in front of Khorolsky.
Nomm and Pagnan made contact going into 10A as Nomm tried to pass Pagnan. Nomm got onto the grass and started to brake, this sending him spinning into Pagnan who was closing the gap on Nomm. This put Cooper in second place, and Khorolsky in third. Nomm and Pagnan were left in fourth and fifth place, allowing Kanchin to be on his own and have the race to lose if he made any mistakes.
With five laps to go Pagnan was passed by Steven Van Opstal because of the damage that Pagnan had on the right side of his car, the side that made heavy contact with the wall at 10A.
Kanchin was able to keep the gap as Khorolsky and Cooper battled and made contact at 10B, Cooper spun around, but was able to continue and finish in fourth place after Eerõ Nomm.
The next round of the MWT is at Suzuka, Nomm still needs to get his first win this season and Pagnan will be hoping to make up some points after his loss of position after the contact with Nomm.