Harrison Scott, from Althorne, Essex, and his RP Motorsport Racing team claimed their first Pro Mazda Championship victory in treacherous conditions this morning at Barber Motorsports Park at the end of the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires.
After a solid USA racing debut at the Streets of St. Petersburg opening #RoadToIndy weekend, Scott qualified in picture-perfect conditions on Saturday and also claimed a second placed podium finish in race one (round three).
At the start of a damp race two (round four) today he leapt from fourth on the grid to second on the opening lap. After Championship leader Parker Thompson (Exclusive Autosport) ran wide and lost a couple of positions, more spots of rain began to fall on the challenging and undulating 2.3-mile road course.
Andres Gutierrez (Team Peffrey) made a move on Scott on Lap 10, sneaking through on the inside under braking to take the race lead. However, the more experienced series rookie, Scott, was to take advantage of the ever-worsening weather conditions and, after Gutierrez left the track at turn nine on Lap 21, the Briton remained steadfast on his slick tyres to lead the field just as the safety car was deployed. The race duly finished under caution, with Scott taking the win and for the second day in a row, a new team, RP Motorsport Racing, claimed its first PFC Award.
Scott now sits up in fourth position in the overall 2018 Drivers’ Standings on 77 points.
The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires now heads to Indiana for the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil Grand Prix of Indianapolis supporting the Lupus Foundation of America on May 11-12.
Harrison Scott (#10 epicura/Masterpack Innovative Printing-RP Motorsport Racing Tatuus-Mazda PM-18):
“I am so happy to come away with the victory for myself and the team in only our second round together here in America. We only received the cars in March and so much hard work has gone into this behind the scenes, to be standing in Victory Lane already is great. It was very unpredictable today but being British, we’re used to this weather – a lot of rain and changing conditions. I know what to expect and how to go about it. I started P4 and got into second at the start, going around the outside in Turn One. I got around Parker, but it’s so hard being out in front – you just don’t know how the conditions are evolving. Andres passed me and he was quite quick, but as soon as the rain came down we both slid, though I managed to keep it on the black stuff and come out in the lead.”