- 28 July 2012
Lexington, OH – After 18 laps of five cars trading the top five spots back and forth, Colin Thompson vaulted from fourth to first with two laps to go, scoring his first career F1600 Formula F Championship Series win at Mid-Ohio. Better yet, the hotly-contested top five battle featured three different chassis and five aspiring drivers, the oldest of which was 22. Teammates Matias Koykka and Shae Davies completed the podium.
For Thompson, his first F1600 win was scored from pole in round seven of the 12-round 2012 season, although the teenager led just a handful of laps in the No. 5 TTO Motorsports Swift DB6/Honda.
“That was by far the best race I’ve ever been in,” said Thompson. “You had no idea who was going to lead the next lap and there was a bit of a shuffle there at the end. Every lap something was happening. With three to go I got around Garett Grist for fourth, we actually scrubbed wheels, and I went around the outside in madness for the lead when a backmarker got in the way on the inside.”
The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing duo was second and third in their Spectrum/Hondas, with some decent black tire marks on the nose of both cars.
“That was the best race of the year so far,” said Koykka, from Finland, who finished second, and has won two races already this season. Koykka also closes the points gap on leader Brandon Newey, who finished fifth.
Meanwhile, teammate Davies, from Australia, who won both races at New Jersey in his first ever F1600 appearance, noted that contact halfway through the race left hurt his suspension.
The first of the Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/ Agajanian Mygale/Hondas was fourth – Garett Grist, with teammate Brandon Newey rounding out the top five. Both of those cars, however, could have easily won the race.
“With two laps to go a lapped car got in everyone’s way,” explained Newey. “Shae and Matias both hit him and I slammed on the brakes, letting Colin and Garett by. After that Matias was spraying water everywhere the last two laps, making it hard to get by. We had worked our way up to third and I was hoping to be in second or third for the last lap, positioning the car for the win.”
Newey keeps his points lead with the fifth place finish, although his lead to Koykka is now slim, with another round to survive at Mid-Ohio on Sunday. Jeremy Grenier, also in the points battle, failed to finish in his Citation/Honda.
Tim Kautz endured a dual with Roberto Lorena to finished sixth, in his debut 2012 outing in a recently rebuilt No. 88 Piper, now with Honda power.
“It was an insane battle, I just wish it was for first and not sixth,” Kautz noted, pointing to marks on his car left from Lorena. “We were closing in on the leaders but I cooked the front tires in turn one.”
Lorena failed to finish, pulling off with car problems with just a handful of laps left in the all-green-flag race.
Behind Kautz, Steve Oseth, Steve Bamford, newcomer Jesse Lazare and Art Foster rounded out the top ten – surviving a similar entertaining drafting battling behind the lead pack at Mid-Ohio.
CellMark Paper Hard Charger honors went to Steve Bamford, advancing eight places in his Mygale/Honda.
Sunday concludes the F1600 event at Mid-Ohio with 8:00 qualifying and a 11:20 18-lap or 30-minute race. Updates and live audio for qualifying and races will be available on www.F1600Series.comRace Results
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm||Best Spd|
|11||0||Lewis Cooper III||18||28:08.378||+25.893||+0.057||86.662||1:29.565||90.759|
|15||12||Jeremy Grenier||17||26:25.156||1 Lap||1 Lap||87.177||1:28.890||91.448|
|20||77||Mike Kolthoff||16||29:06.745||2 Laps||1 Lap||74.459||1:33.496||86.943|
|21||2||Mike Scanlan||15||24:10.658||3 Laps||1 Lap||84.053||1:32.597||87.787|
|23||17||Roberto Lorena||12||18:54.056||6 Laps||3 Laps||86.015||1:29.214||91.116|