When we last checked on MB2 Motorsports driver Christian Brooks, the Santa Clarita, CA native was buzzing along in his first season in the series, having made the jump from karting to the thrilling short-format hybrid racing.
Brooks entered the final four events of the season in a pretty comfortable 5th place in the standings. While he was a considerable distance behind the fourth place driver, he also had a pretty sizeable lead on sixth, and was not under much threat of losing the spot so long as he continued to perform consistently.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
The series moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Brooks won his first heat in the series, taking the checkered flag in Heat 2B with a lead of 1.4 seconds over the series leader Cabot Bigham. The win automatically propelled him into the event final, which unfortunately went downhill quickly, and he was forced to retire after just three laps and finish ninth of ten drivers.
Moving back to the west coast, Brooks took pretty well to the wet and muddy track at Seattle’s Evergreen Speedway. After posting the fourth-best time in the qualifying round, Brooks narrowly missed out on his second heat win of the season, finishing second in Heat 2A. Once again no longer needing the last chance qualifier (LCQ), Brooks headed to the final where once again he was forced out early, making it only four laps before exiting after hard contact in Turn 2.
LOS ANGELES, CA
The final two races of the season took place at the Port of Los Angeles over two days. On Saturday, Brooks came out charged and hungry, driving in his hometown race in front of family and friends. Brooks took third place in his second heat, avoiding the need for the last chance qualifier race for the third consecutive event. This time, Brooks made it through the main event, and unfortunately fell just over a second shy of his first podium of the season, narrowly losing out to Cabot Bigham by just over a second.
Sunday’s event saw Brooks once again start off well, claiming second place in his first heat and third place in his second one to avoid the LCQ for the fourth straight event. However, like Atlantic City and Seattle, Brooks once again was involved in a crash early, and completed just two laps before retiring and settling for an eighth place finish.
The results were good enough to seal his spot in fifth place in the overall points standings, however. A top-five finish in the series as a rookie is no small feat. Brooks will now head off to the 2016 Rotax Grand Finals in Sarno, Italy, where he will once again get behind the wheel of a go-kart and attempt to bring home one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport of kart racing.
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