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The Last Race Of Grand-Am’s Flame-Spitting Mazda RX-8s

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This Grand-Am season had its final race last weekend and while some people came first, we all lost. The tube-framed, flame-spitting, rotary powered Mazda RX-8s are dead. RIP.

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Yes, Grand-Am is moving away from tube-frame cars, and the Mazdas had their last race at Lime Rock. We will miss their fireworks in every braking zone.

As to the winners, Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor in the SunTrust Corvette Daytona Prototype won the race overall. It's their third consecutive victory at Lime Rock and it's their third consecutive Grand-Am championship, too. That's dominance.

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As for GT, the Magnus Racing Porsche gave up the lead with two minutes left in the race, pulling into the pits and the end of the lap. That meant that the Stevenson Camaro clinched the GT class win ahead of the APR Motorsport Audi R8 and the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458.

As we wipe off our tears for the rotary Mazdas, let's appreciate these excellent shots from the MotorSportMedia crew of Trevor Andrusko and Halston Pitman.

They also brought us onboard video of Boris Said thundering around the course in the Whelen Motorsports Corvette. That V8 is fantastic.

Now we will mourn the last top-flight rotary sports-racing car we may see for a long time.

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All Photo Credits: Trevor Andrusko / Track 9, Halston Pitman / MotorSportMedia

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porsche9146
Fred Smith

a few things:

1. NOTHING in Grand-Am is top flight. these days, nothing in the ALMS is either. the ONLY top flight sports car series is now the FIA WEC.

2. I will personally not miss this car at all. the engine? for sure. but a tube frame GT car that held back the series and everything it could have been? absolutely not. glad it's dead.