- 16 October 2011
Watkins Glen, NY – After a non-race on Saturday following an opening-lap incident, F1600 Formula F Championship Series competitors got round nine of the 2011 season underway on a cold-but-dry Sunday morning at Watkins Glen. Wyatt Gooden, driving a Van Diemen/Honda for Quantum Racing Services, led from pole for his third win, by just a nose, of 2011, in just three starts, in a shortened race due to a crash on lap seven.
Ryan Leach finished second for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in a Spectrum/Honda, with Bill Valet completing the podium in a Swift/Ford.
In the Championship battle, with Tim Kautz only able to finish seventh, Valet cuts Kautz’s lead to just three points with drops calculated. The season finale, round 10 of 2011, will decide the Championship between those two later this afternoon.
“It was a good race, but you had to be in the right place at the right time with the draft, it was a bit strategic,” said Gooden, after a race that saw the leaders run nose-to-tail.
Leach scores his second straight podium in the Australian-built Spectrum, leading a handful of laps, adding: “The car was great, but I didn’t know the race was going to end that early, I think that changed things a bit.” Leach said he was confident for the afternoon’s race where he will line up seventh.
Bill Valet clawed back valuable Championship points and said: “We increased our overall points lead but with drops we are still behind, although we closed the gap. We’ll have to see what happens this afternoon. I’m surprised to see Tim that far back. The car has the pace to run at the front today.”
Tim Kautz said he was not going fast enough to finish higher up, citing an “engine power issue” in his Piper/Ford.
After Valet, completing the top five were Jeremy Grenier and Chris Keller, with Jim Goughary (Jimmi Googlioni) in sixth place.
Gooden will lead the field to the green flag in the season finale, followed on the grid, set by race one fastest laps, by Keller, Valet, Goughary, Grenier, Kautz and Leach.
The season finale gets going at 2:10 local time, follow live updates at F1600Series.com
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm||Best Spd|
|21||2||Mike Scanlan||5||10:36.407||2 Laps||2 Laps||95.316||2:04.806||97.207|
|DNF||18||Dan Pyanowski||2||4:34.898||5 Laps||3 Laps||88.265||2:13.130||91.129|
|DNF||8||Jacob Carpenter||0||2.306||7 Laps||2 Laps||-||-.---||-|