BRL GN S9 R4 Recap
29 Jan 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 9 | Round 4
Grand National Series | Five Flags Speedway
Mathew Thunhorst got his second win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Grand National Series event at Five Flags Speedway ahead of Kenny Kibbey and J R Shepherd. Mark Hertzog led the first 64 laps until Thunhorst was able to get to the inside and pull ahead leading the remainder of the race and able to build a gap of over one second ahead of Kibbey and Shepherd by the final lap. Thunhorst and Shepherd have now each won two of the four races this season.
“There was a lot of good racing up front, there was a lot of tough racing. My heart was pounding the whole time and it’s just one of those that, it’s quite the intense race.”, Thunhorst commented about the battles happening toward the front. “There’s a lot on the line. One mistake can be the difference between leading and not leading the championship or, you know, getting a win and just being able to take advantage of the moments when they’re there and making sure you save up enough through the race that you can take advantage of them.”
With his win tonight, Thunhorst has taken the lead away from J R Shepherd with a total of 158 points, 1 point ahead of Shepherd. Kibbey holds his third-place position in the point standings only 5 points from the lead himself. Justin Morton and Austin Boelke are now tied for 4th place, both drivers with 145 points. The battle for the championship is still closely contested between all five drivers going into the next round.