- 04 July 2014
Lexington, OH – Two practice sessions saw Ayla Agren throw down fastest lap both times, putting her No. 81 Mygale/Honda on top of morning and afternoon time sheets for Team Pelfrey. Agren sits just out of first place in the F1600 Formula F Series Championship battle, going into rounds seven and eight of the season, of 14, at Mid-Ohio this weekend. A tight afternoon session saw Jim Goughary second and Augie Lerch in third, with the top three separated by a tenth of a second.
Six tenths of a second separated the top ten cars.
Agren missed out on her first F1600 Championship Series victory in early June, finishing second at VIR by a nose, and ran competitively at Mid-Ohio in 2013. She has lots of seat time at the track since F1600 ran four races in Ohio last season, and could be poised for a breakthrough first win.
Goughary missed out on leading the afternoon session in his No. 7 Van Diemen/Honda by six hundredths of a second, and already has two wins on the 2014 season, but lost the Championship lead at VIR last month.
Augie Lerch, Agren's teammate, put in one of his best performances of 2014 with a third place run, a tenth off the fastest lap.
Another six hundredths back in an ultra-competitive F1600 afternoon practice session was Jack Mitchell Jr., in the Exclusive Autosport Spectrum/Honda entry. Mitchell hopes to return to the form that saw him charge through the entire field to finish second at Road Atlanta to start his season in April.
Championship points leader Garth Rickards was fifth fastest, the third of four Pelfrey Mygales, with teammate Nikita Lastochkin in sixth.
After pacing both practice sessions early Sam Chastain settled for seventh in the Chastain Motorsports No. 27, just under fifth tenths off the fast time Agren laid down.
Joe Colasacco, VIR winner Steve Bamford, and Lewis Cooper completed the top ten, with Cooper making his first appearance since the opening rounds of the series at Road Atlanta in his No. 0 Spectrum from Polestar.
Art Foster followed in 11th spot while Andrew Hobbs recovered from a Thursday testing incident to put down a lap good enough for 12th. Evan Mehan, in his first full F1600 weekend, was 13th in the No. 29 Chastain Motorsports Mygale.
The weekend continues as qualifying gets going both Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8:30am, with races scheduled for an estimated 1:00pm start time.
Practice 2 Times:
|Pos||No.||Name||In Lap||Best Tm||Make/Model||Diff|
|1||81||Ayla Agren||19||1:28.022||Mygale Honda||-|
|2||7||James Goughary/M||19||1:28.084||Van Diemen Honda||+0.062|
|3||82||Augie Lerch||19||1:28.129||Mygale Honda||+0.107|
|4||93||Jack Mitchell, Jr.||11||1:28.184||Spectrum Honda||+0.162|
|5||83||Garth Rickards||7||1:28.295||Mygale Honda||+0.273|
|6||80||NIkita Lastochkin||19||1:28.459||Mygale Sj Honda||+0.437|
|7||27||T. Sam Chastain||10||1:28.493||Mygale Sj13 Honda||+0.471|
|8||3||Joe Colasacco/M||18||1:28.536||Van Diemen Honda||+0.514|
|9||07||Steve Bamford/M||10||1:28.546||Mygale Sj11 Honda||+0.524|
|10||0||Lewis Cooper III/M||19||1:28.585||Spectrum 14 Honda||+0.563|
|11||21||Arthur Foster/M||6||1:29.109||Spectrum 014 Honda||+1.087|
|12||13||Andrew Hobbs||4||1:29.123||Mygale Sj Honda||+1.101|
|13||29||Evan Mehan||8||1:29.138||Mygale Honda||+1.116|
|14||31||Scott Rubenzer/M||18||1:29.286||Spectrm Honda||+1.264|
|15||06||Austin McCusker||6||1:29.360||Van Deiman Honda||+1.338|
|16||24||Will Harvey||7||1:29.723||Mygale Sj Honda||+1.701|
|17||46||Douglas Voss/M||16||1:29.849||Spectrum 012B Honda||+1.827|
|18||10||Max Mallinen||8||1:30.005||Spectrum 014 Honda||+1.983|
|19||2||Mike Scanlan/M||10||1:30.254||Spectrum Honda||+2.232|
|20||66||Bob Melvin/M||13||1:33.269||Van Diemen Ford||+5.247|