- 09 April 2011
Alton, VA – Jim Goughary wrote his name into racing history books by taking the inaugural win in the history of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in a Piper/Honda by five thousandths of a second in a thrilling side-by-side finish with John Robinson in a Swift/Ford under threatening skies at VIRginia International Raceway.
Goughary started from the fourth position on the 29-car grid which included nine different chassis manufacturers and two powerplants in the new Honda Fit or more traditional Ford Kent.
Goughary went side-by-side with Robinson for most of the last lap as the green and white flags dropped on a restart.
Bill Valet finished third ahead of a hard-charging Tim Kautz and Art Foster.
“It was fun, to be honest, it was extraordinarily close,” said Valet. “I don’t think I’ve ever gone two-by-two through the carousel, the whole way down, two rows deep. It was a good finish too; I can’t believe we are going to do it again tomorrow.”
As the race unfolded, the polesitter, Sam Beasley, and standing National Champion Tim Kautz separated themselves from the pack. Beasley, an aspiring 17-year-old driver in his Mygale/Honda and Kautz, in a Piper/Ford ran in tandem, trading the lead back and forth before the two went off in turn five.
Kautz was able to rebound to finish fourth, slicing his way through the deep field from tenth, while damage ended Beasley’s day.
The top ten represented five Fords and five Hondas on an inaugural Series weekend that included much speculation and drama about engine equalization rules.
Follow live action with up-to-the-minute coverage, reporting and photos on F1600Series.com. Action gets started on Sunday at 12:15, with qualifying for the 4:00 green flag. All times are eastern.Race Results:
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm||Best Spd|
|13||0||Lewis Cooper III||10||27:11.141||+9.120||+0.221||72.170||2:04.402||94.629|
|24||01||Ryan Leach||9||25:06.980||1 Lap||1 Lap||70.305||2:05.229||94.004|
|25||13||Jason Generotti||5||10:40.072||5 Laps||4 Laps||91.958||2:04.682||94.416|
|26||9||Sam Beasley||4||8:11.207||6 Laps||1 Lap||95.862||2:00.919||97.354|
|27||8||Jacob Carpenter||3||6:27.494||7 Laps||1 Lap||91.139||2:06.168||93.304|
|28||72||Steve Oseth||1||2:14.574||9 Laps||2 Laps||87.476||2:13.848||87.951|