NEWS FLASH: Brabham wins TA race with last-lap pass at COTA
November 7, 2021
Matt Brabham made his Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli debut a race to remember, passing Ernie Francis Jr. on the final lap to win by 0.393-seconds on Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.
A late caution set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Francis, who had led every lap from the pole despite constant pressure by Brabham, had to settle for second.
Brabham was filling in for Chris Dyson, who sat out the finale due to family matters.
The late restart impacted the two of the three other classes.
Erich Joiner won in XGT, passing upset-minded Jason Hart with two laps remaining.
West Coast competitor Cindy Lux too her fourth-consecutive SGT West victory, folloed by Natalie Decker, who came from behind to take the Pro Am championship.
Sean Young took GT honors in his Trans Am debut, passing Paul Costas on the final lap.