- 20 August 2013
Sharon, CT – With 10 races down, and two to go, the F1600 Formula F Championship Series will decide its 2013 Champion this weekend during the season finale at Summit Point. Jake Eidson holds a commanding Championship lead in his No. 10 Spectrum/Honda for Cape Motorsports, the defending Series Champions, but has not quite clinched the title despite a record-breaking six wins and counting. Rival Adrian Starrantino, driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, is still within reach.
A quick look on top of the season point standings shows Eidson with an 83 point lead, and with 110 points up for grabs over two races at Summit Point, he is control of his own density. Per Series regulations, once the two lowest point scores are dropped, Starrantino closes to 54 points within Eidson, making things a bit more interesting.
Aaron Telitz, third in points for WISKO Racing, in the No. 13 Mygale/Honda, is exactly 108 points back from Eidson, and would need more than luck to take over the points lead.
Similar to 2012, the Championship comes down to Cape Motorsports versus Bryan Herta Autosport, and Spectrum versus Mygale, with both cars featuring Honda power.
Fast and daring, Paul Alspach, Steve Bamford, Jim Goughary and Ayla Agren are all still looking for their first wins of 2013, after running competitively at Mid-Ohio just two weeks ago.
While Bamford nearly won at Road Atlanta in May, Alpsach has been inching forward with each session for WISKO Racing, running very well in the rain at Lime Rock. Agren has had a pole and podiums, and continues to search for her first Series victory. Meanwhile, Goughary won at VIR in 2011 and looks to return to victory lane in his Van Diemen/Honda.
Of course, the Championship fight continues down the list, as Bamford continues to fend off Alspach, Agren, Goughary and Art Foster for fourth place. The top five pay out at the Series awards banquet.
Lew Cooper may factor in as well, as his Polestar Van Diemen/Ford was in contention for the win during both races at Mid-Ohio with F2000 and Atlantic stand-out David Grant behind the wheel.
One of the more unique weekends on the 2013 schedule, F1600 will share Summit Point with theF2000 Series, and a group of professional motorcycle road racers.
The name of the game at Summit Point may be survival based on the amount of track time on tap. Friday, August 23, is literally non-stop, with four F1600 practice sessions and qualifying sessions for races 1 and 2 at 10:30 and 4:05 local time. Saturday and Sunday both feature a 7:30 warm-up and 11:00 race, followed by a banquet on Sunday night to conclude the 2013 F1600 Championship Series campaign.