June 13th, 2016 by Jason Galvin
It took five races, but Jason Galvin found a way to knock series champion Jake Wright out of the win column in the Lionheart MX-5 Challenge series.
Galvin led 17 of 20 laps from the pole, losing the lead only during pit stops, on his way to his second win to cap the inaugural season of the MX-5 Challenge on Thursday on the road course at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“It feels great to finally beat Jake,” Galvin said after the race. “I figured this place out pretty quick, and for some reason Jake struggled a little through the middle section. That was enough to hang on all night. I beat the very best tonight, which is a great feeling.”
Wright, who had locked up the simracing championship with his fourth win of the year in the previous race, came home second. The simracer finished the inaugural season with four wins and top fives in all six events.
“This is awesome, what a fun league,” said Wright, who is also the defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment champion and current points leader. I really enjoyed running this car on the variety of tracks we run at. I’m looking forward to Season Two!”
Brian Neff, in just his third start as teammates with Galvin at AGR Motorsports, came home third and led three laps. Ron Hacker and Vincent Bluthenthal rounded-out the top five.
The series features one drop race, counting just five of the six events each season, a system that enabled Galvin to jump to second in points with his win. Dylan Lee came home third on the season, with Bluthenthal and Hacker completing the top five.
Season Two gets underway Thursday, June 30 at the Milwaukee Mile. The series also stops at Road Atlanta, the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, Rockingham Speedway, Sebring’s modified circuit and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Season Two.
The Lionheart MX-5 Challenge is free to enter and open to any active roster member in the Lionheart Racing Series. For more information, head to www.LionheartRacingSeries.com.