- 02 October 2016
Alton, VA - Neil Verhagen capped his F1600 Formula F Championship Series 2016 season with a Sunday morning victory at VIRginia International Raceway. The No. 3 K-Hill Motorsports driver underscored his Championship-winning season with a last lap pass for the win at VIR, taking the victory by .011 seconds head of Calvin Ming with Peter Portante finishing third in another K-Hill car.
"It was about race strategy to put myself in the best position for the end of the race," said Verhagen, who also won Friday's race at VIR.
Better yet, Verhagen fell back well off the lead pack mid-way through the race, but a series of fast laps saw him catch the lead group with three laps to go. "It's been a great year for the K-Hill boys, I have to thank them so much for giving me the best car in each race. We fell off a bit during the race to cool the engine down and then came back through near the end," Verhagen added.
Ming took home more podium hardware with a second place result.
"Obviously I was trying to stay back and take the win with a run out of the last corner. But Neil got it at the end so congratulations to him," said Ming, in the No. 82 Team Pelfrey Mygale/Honda, who missed out on the win by inches and led coming to the white flag in the final round of the season, race 21, at VIR. "I'd like to give a huge shoutout to team Pelfrey for giving me a great car all year."
Portante settled for third after a Saturday victory for K-Hill Motorsports. "We did as much as we could but it wasn't the best race of all time. We kind of ran for points at the end once everyone got crazy," said Portante. "It's good to finish second in the points."
Phillippe Denes finished fourth in the No. 81 for Team Pelfrey, while Hans Ada completed the top five, bettering two straight sixth place finishes so far in the weekend. For Ada, it's a solid result to complete his first season of road course racing.
Kaylen Frederick led early, and nearly broke away from the pack, but went off and came back on, finishing in sixth spot in the season finale in the No. 80 Team Pelfrey entry.
A seventh place result earned Joe Colasacco his second Masters Class win of the VIR weekend for Auriana Racing.