Malaysian Weiron Tan continued his championship campaign in the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship this weekend with rounds four and five taking place at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
The track proved a happy hunting ground for Tan earlier in the year when he scored a dominant victory and a further second placed podium at the Pro Mazda Winterfest. Driving the #22 Andretti Autosport Mazda, Tan showed he meant business in the double-header straight out of the box, taking the fastest lap time in both testing and official practice. He continued his impressive form into qualifying taking pole position (his third consecutive of the season) for race one, scoring a bonus point in the process.
The start of the first 30-minute race of the weekend got off to a slow start under yellow flags, with green flag racing only beginning on lap five. Tan took control as soon as racing commenced, and took a perfect lights to flag victory, crossing the line over two seconds ahead of his nearest opponent and taking most laps led honours on the way to scoop a great points haul.
Saturdayís result saw Tan start the second race on Sunday from pole position; his fourth consecutive of the season. He controlled the race from the start but he was then penalised for an incident at the start and sent back to 15th position. He quickly passed four cars in less than a lap and, by lap 10 was up to 10th. Unfortunately on lap 13 he spun while trying to overtake Jose Gutierrez and fell to 13th where he finished the race.
Weiron Tan: “Thanks so much to Andretti Autosport; they’ve done a great job all weekend and thanks also to Mazda and Cooper Tires. I’m very happy with the results yesterday although today was disappointing. The aim was for pole position in race one as it’s important to start at the front here and it also helps us with points. We got the job done and then it was into the first race. As soon as we got going I just kept my head down and put in some good laps and we got the race win. I was confident we could get another win on Sunday so I’m disappointed with the result but I learned a lot and now look forward to driving at The Brickyard next month.”