Father-son duo Gaston and Conner Kearby celebrated Independence Day Weekend from the podium during Rounds 7 & 8 of the Atlantic Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.
Saturday’s race featured an early lead by Conner in his K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda until contact with pole sitter Keith Grant sent both into the grass. Conner recovered while Grant retired, then he set off chasing down his father, passing his no. 69 Swift on the last lap to take the podium with Gaston taking 2nd overall and 1st among the race’s Atlantic Challenge drivers.
“Keith and I were going at it completely, we went over six and he got on the inside, we both got on the gas. He got a little loose; we tapped and went into the grass. Then it was a race out of the grass. I saw him go over and park, not sure what happened. I knew (my father) wasn’t going to let up at all, even if I am his son. Tonis (Kasemets, driver coach) was on my butt on the radio trying to get me up there to beat him too,” said Conner.
Sunday’s race saw faster lap times, with Grant having set a new track record during qualifying. Conner stayed in the chase behind the points leader, finishing 2nd, with Gaston following up in 3rd.
“At the start [Grant] just pulled away and my back tires were loose, he had a great run and got in front of me. At that point it was on pushing it and having luck and trying to run the fastest lap of the race. The points should even me and Keith up and gap everyone else,” said Conner.
With his 3rd place finish behind Grant and Conner, Gaston also doubled-up for the weekend in the Atlantic Challenge division.