- 16 October 2011
Watkins Glen, NY – A last lap pass on Tim Minor gave Kyle Connery his fifth win of 2011, and Remy Audette finished third behind Minor to make his 2011 Championship official in a morning 12-lap race at Watkins Glen, run after an aborted non-race attempt on Saturday. Connery fell back early but worked his way back to second, closing in on Minor to grab the lead on the last lap.
For Connery, a win at Watkins Glen accompanies victories at Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio and Mosport.
Connery added: “Today was a great comeback for the team. We gave up more than I wanted at the start but I kept the tires clean during the caution. After that we made some clean passes. I saw the white flag and got a great run on Tim down the backstretch. He gave me room and I took the line.”
Minor is the 2011 Masters Class Champion for the F2000 Series, and also lost the lead to Connery on the last lap at Road Atlanta in May. “We picked up under-steer over the last few laps. It’s missing just a little bit,” said Minor, driving for Ski Motorsports. “Kyle ran me down, he did a good job.”
Audette meanwhile, led early and will start on pole for the final race of 2011, which will take place later today.
“We were missing a bit of straight line speed,” said Audette. “But, it’s still good to finish up front. I hope it rains for the afternoon.”
Chris Livengood finished fourth head of Rob Nicholas, Robert La Rocca, Tim Paul, Thomas Schweitz, John LaRue and Joe Colasacco.
La Rocca was the first of the RFR chassis cars for HP-Tech Motorsport.
CellMark Hard Charger honors go to Peter LeSueur, who improved 18 positions during the race.
Jim Hanrahan and Francis Kennette started at the rear of the field after failing to meet minimum weight rules following qualifying. Tom Fatur missed the start after a crash during Saturday’s aborted race-attempt.
A 37-car grid forced the best cars and drivers in the field to battle it out with those around them for positions as the race went on. The large field made qualifying more important than ever, too.
Race two will commence this afternoon, with grid order set by fastest laps during the first race. Meaning that Audette will start from pole ahead of Connery, Minor, Livengood, La Rocca, Nicholas, Paul, Colasacco and Schwietz.
The race also saw a brief caution period for a fire on the No. 16 Radon chassis of Peter Gonzalez.
The season finale gets going at 3:55 local time. Live updates on F2000Series.com.Race Results:
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm||Best Spd|
|6||10||Robert La Rocca||12||26:40.928||+5.143||+0.665||90.937||1:53.318||107.062|
|31||73||Vaughn Horvath||11||27:13.509||1 Lap||1 Lap||81.697||1:57.132||103.575|
|32||28||Ardie Greenamyer/M||10||23:00.770||2 Laps||1 Lap||87.864||1:54.962||105.531|
|33||26||Angel Benitez||6||15:18.889||6 Laps||4 Laps||79.217||1:57.053||103.645|
|DNF||53||Eric Langbien||5||13:27.547||7 Laps||1 Lap||75.116||2:01.681||99.703|
|DNF||16||Peter Gonzalez/M||1||2:12.728||11 Laps||4 Laps||91.405||2:09.797||93.469|