Newey out front at Lime Rock. (photo: Valet) Lakeville, CT – Brandon Newey survived a 20-lap F1600 Formula F Championship Series battle with Matias Koykka and eventually separated, breaking the draft, surviving a late race restart and winning his second race of the year after Koykka won in the morning during a doubleheader day at Lime Rock Park. Jeremy Grenier finished a career best second in the Citation/Honda, with Joe Colasacco third, completing the podium in a Van Diemen/Honda.

Newey extended his Championship points lead in the Bryan Herta Autosport Mygale/Honda.

Newey started the weekend at Lime Rock in a hole, with car problems keeping him off the track for most of Friday before qualifying. But, the American, who just completed his first year at Purdue University, relied on his Skip Barber days for qualifying, putting the Mygale on the front row, and finishing second in the first race, losing touch with Koykka after overheating his tires.

A few hours later, Newey had made changes on his car, and after battling with Koykka, was able to disappear into the distance before a late race yellow flag.

“The battle with Matias was really good,” said Newey, after the race. “The car was handling well and I’m happy to bring another win to Bryan Herta Autosport.”

Grenier improved his career best finish from third to second, the third coming earlier on Saturday.

“That was a tough second place,” said Grenier, who pulled into the pits follow the checkered flag with a flat tire. “I need to thank Eric Langbein for the car, it was terrific.”

Finishing third, after jumping from a vintage car into the F1600 Van Diemen, was Colasacco, in his best F1600 race to date.

Following those two, and completing the top five were Bill Valet and Steve Oseth, Valet being first of the Fords in a Swift DB-6.

Most placements behind Newey were inherited, with a late race incident between Koykka and Art Foster, and other cars, who were battling for second going into the last lap of the race.

Koykka was looking good to leave Lime Rock with a win and a podium, compared to VIR in April, where a race one victory was coupled with a DNF in the second race after contact while fighting for the lead. But the young Fin will have to settle for ninth place points after the last lap incident.

Garett Grist, Roberto Lorena, Mike Scanlan, Koykka and Foster completed the ten ten.

The F1600 Formula F Championship Series continues at New Jersey Motorsports Park, June 29 – July 1, with rounds five and six of the 2012 campaign.

Race Results:

Pos No. Name Laps Total Tm Diff Gap Avg. Speed Best Tm Best Spd
1 98 Brandon Newey 30 30:04.200 - - 91.586 53.737 102.499
2 12 Jeremy Grenier 30 30:05.024 +0.824 +0.824 91.544 54.434 101.187
3 3 Joe Colasacco 30 30:05.497 +1.297 +0.473 91.521 54.663 100.763
4 83 Bill Valet 30 30:06.486 +2.286 +0.989 91.470 54.473 101.114
5 72 Steve Oseth 30 30:11.231 +7.031 +4.745 91.231 54.742 100.617
6 97 Garett Grist 30 30:11.496 +7.296 +0.265 91.217 54.621 100.840
7 17 Roberto Lorena 30 30:12.096 +7.896 +0.600 91.187 54.795 100.520
8 2 Mike Scanlan 30 30:18.463 +14.263 +6.367 90.868 55.947 98.450
9 10 Matias Koykka 29 29:08.264 1 Lap 1 Lap 91.366 54.198 101.627
10 21 Art Foster 29 29:08.286 +0.022 +0.022 91.365 54.561 100.951
11 01 John McCusker 29 30:13.865 +1:05.601 +1:05.579 88.062 56.660 97.211
12 44 Ed Callo 29 30:14.157 +1:05.893 +0.292 88.048 56.962 96.696
13 99 Sean Maisey 29 30:36.395 +1:28.131 +22.238 86.981 57.175 96.336
14 11 Doug Stout 29 30:44.003 +1:35.739 +7.608 86.622 56.908 96.788
15 14 Ross Devoe 21 19:51.871 9 Laps 8 Laps 97.047 55.472 99.293
16 4 Bob Detrick 18 17:23.481 12 Laps 3 Laps 95.013 56.229 97.957