- 01 July 2011
Lexington, OH – Aspiring racer Wyatt Gooden on his F1600 Formula F Championship Series debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, driving a Van Diemen/Honda prepared by veteran outfit Quantum Racing Services. Gooden started from pole and ran the fastest lap of the race, but had to fight his way back into the lead at one point from third, passing fellow aspiring drivers Sam Beasley and Mitch Martin on his way to victory.
“Knowing the track was a huge advantage,” said Gooden, 22 years old. “I knew there was going to be a drafting battle so I tried to position myself strategically. I waited until things settled down and then it just worked out with the lapped car to get into the lead.”
Martin finished second, also on his Series debut, and led a handful of laps for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in the Spectrum/Honda. It was also the Series debut for the new Spectrum F1600 chassis.
“That was my first time ever on a rolling start,” commented Martin, from Australia. “We dropped back a bit back but managed to take the lead. Wyatt got past me in lapped traffic, while we were battling and then we couldn’t catch him.”
Jim Goughary rounded off the podium, making it a Honda one-two-three at Mid-Ohio, and gaining back a few Championship points on leader
“Worked hard to make up time where we were weak,” said Goughary. “But we need to work on the handling tomorrow, the car needs to steer better out of the center of the corners.”
Tim Kautz, who came home in fourth after losing four grid positions due to a qualifying penalty. Kautz was the first Ford in the finishing order.
Jeremy Grenier rounded out the top five ahead of Bill Valet, who sits second in the Championship loses ground to Kautz in the standings. Then it was John Robinson in the Swift/Ford, Art Foster, Steve Oseth and Forrest Hull in positions seven through ten.
Sam Beasley led early in an entertaining drafting battle for the lead with Gooden and Martin, but retired to the pits with an apparent mechanical issue during the race in his Van Diemen/Honda..
Saturday, July 2 continues with practice and qualifying sessions, at 4:00 and 4:55, and the final race of the weekend 6:00.
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm|
|16||99||Sean Maisey||17||27:48.537||1 Lap||1 Lap||82.821||1:31.606|
|19||4||Sam Beasley||12||18:56.106||6 Laps||5 Laps||85.860||1:28.765|
|20||13||Steve Bamford||11||18:00.771||7 Laps||1 Lap||82.734||1:31.481|
|21||8||Jacob Carpenter||8||13:52.288||10 Laps||3 Laps||78.134||1:33.322|
|22||10||Ryan Leach||4||7:37.404||14 Laps||4 Laps||71.086||1:30.580|