Weiron Tan scored another dominant victory and a P2 finish in the final rounds of the Pro Mazda Cooper Tires Winterfest. The result, combined with his win and two second place finishes last week, saw the young Malaysian secure second place in the Championship.
Severe weather on Wednesday at Barber Motorsports Park forced the organisers to cancel qualifying and the first race. The new schedule saw the field take to the track on Thursday for a warm up, followed by two races. Tan was immediately on the pace during Thursday’s warm up, and finished the session quickest out of the 15-strong grid.
The Andretti Autosport driver lined up on the grid in second position for the first race. Although the heavy rain from Wednesday had stopped, the track was still extremely slippery and with limited grip. Despite the challenging conditions, Tan drove a strong race, bringing down his lap times as the race went on, and crossed the finish line in second place.
For the final race of the day, and the final race of the Championship, Tan again started from second on the grid. Making a textbook start, Tan was able to snatch the lead and start to open a gap between himself and second place driver Jack Aitken. Tan’s Championship rival kept the pressure on throughout the 30-minute race, but Tan did not falter and took victory, a full second ahead of Aitken.
Speaking about his weekend, Weiron had mixed emotions about losing the drivers championship by just one point. “Race One was really challenging as the track was still new to me and still a little slippery with patches of water. The Andretti Autosport team did a good job putting a good car together. As soon as I got up to speed, I started chasing lap times down; and was pleased with my P2 finish. A win and a second place finish is a good way to end the Winterfest, but not the best. I’m very happy for the team to secure the Team Championship. Unfortunately for me I lost the Driver Championship by just 1 point, had I not have gotten a 5 point penalty at Nola the Winterfest Championship things would have turned out differently. No matter, it was a good start for us and now we’re looking forward to the full Championship where it really matters.”