- 02 July 2011
Lexington, OH – On his F1600 Series debut, Wyatt Gooden won out on an epic battle for the lead in his Van Diemen/Honda with Mitch Martin to take his second win in two days, and second win in two ever F1600 races for Quantum Racing Services. Martin, in a Spectrum/Honda and Gooden traded the lead for 16 laps, separating themselves by 11 seconds from anyone else, before a full-course caution for oil on the track brought the checkered flags out at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Tim Kautz was third in his Piper/Ford.
“The car went great today and it was a fun race with Mitch,” said Gooden, who becomes the first person to sweep a weekend in F1600 Formula F Championship Series history. “Waited for the right moment to pass Mitch for the lead and we had a great battle before that.”
Mitch Martin finished second for the second straight day in his Spectrum/Honda for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in a similar fashion, as Friday’s race also saw a major battle for the lead.
“It was a fun race and the Spectrum was just really good,” commented Martin, who ran the fastest lap of the race at 1:28.4. “We tried to set a pace and we did lead the most laps, but Wyatt was able to get past on the oil that was in turn four.”
Neither Martin nor Gooden know if they will compete in the next rounds of the Championship in September at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
For Cape Motorsports, it was looking like a double podium as Martin’s teammate, Ryan Leach in a Van Diemen/Honda spun on oil while running third to end his day. Multiple other cars also spun into the gravel on the slick pavement before the caution flags waved at Mid-Ohio.
Tim Kautz recovered from a seventh place starting position to finish third, and extend his points lead over Bill Valet, who could only muster a seventh in his Swift/Ford.
“The car was the best today it’s been all weekend,” commented Kautz, who finished fourth in the first race of the doubleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio. “There was just a ton of oil in turn four late in the race. Overall it was a good race and important for the F1600 title chase.”
Jeremy Grenier and Jim Goughary completed the top five.
Then it was Steven Oseth, Bill Valet, Mike Scanlan, Wes Allen and Steve Bamford rounding off the top ten.
Sam Beasley went off-and-on while running third and finished 23rd, also going off on the oil.
John Robinson finished in 24th losing valuable Championship ground. Robinson’s DNF was a result of a spin while trying to pass Bill Valet that left him stuck in a gravel trap in his Swift/Ford.
The F1600 Formula F Championship Series resumes at Lime Rock Park, September 16-17, with the NASCAR Modifieds.
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm|
|18||18||Dan Pyanowski||16||30:50.164||1 Lap||1 Lap||70.297||1:33.566|
|20||10||Ryan Leach||14||29:56.559||3 Laps||2 Laps||63.345||1:29.004|
|21||24||Art Foster||13||20:40.750||4 Laps||1 Lap||85.170||1:29.903|
|22||71||Forrest Hull||12||19:17.386||5 Laps||1 Lap||84.281||1:30.982|
|24||19||John Robinson||4||7:00.095||13 Laps||8 Laps||77.400||1:31.060|