|May 26, 2012 News
|F2000 Championship: Gooden Takes Maiden Victory at Lime Rock
| Wyatt Gooden captured his first series win in race one of the Lime Rock Park doubleheader|
(Photo: F2000 Championship Series - Valet)
Wyatt Gooden took his maiden F2000 Championship Series victory on Saturday (May 26) at Lime Rock Park, inheriting the lead after Robert La Rocca first tore off half a front wing dealing with lapped traffic, and Kyle Connery then went off in the late stages of the race, while working lapped traffic around the 1.53-mile circuit.
Gooden stood on top of the podium after three straight top-three finishes in the No. 6 Quantum Racing Services Van Diemen, with Niki Coello finishing second in the RFR chassis, and La Rocca somehow coming home third with a missing left front wing.
“That was a race of attrition,” said Gooden. “There was so much traffic, I had to be careful and smart with it, rather than take risks. We were able to keep up, though, and my first win is great, especially with the added support from Perfect Pedal this weekend.”
Coello made it another strong top-five run, finishing second and solidifying his place in the championship battle.
“It’s another podium and the team did a great job,” said Coello, adding that they made positive changes to the car throughout Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions around the seven-turn Lime Rock.
For La Rocca and HP-Tech Motorsport, who have so far dominated 2012 and the Lime Rock weekend, it was a good points morning at Lime Rock, but not quite what they were expecting following a pole position and fast laps in both practice sessions.
The No. 10 Van Diemen ran solidly second for most of the race, before contact with another car ripped off most of La Rocca’s front wing, leaving him lucky to finish third.
“We’ll see what happens this afternoon,” noted La Rocca, who set fast lap during the race, for two bonus points, and will start from pole in the second race of the day.
Meanwhile Connery is not expected to make the second and final race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon with significant damage to the No. 91 Van Diemen.
Tom Fatur was fourth, winning the Masters Class for GTP Motorsports. Fatur had a mid-race dice with Tim Minor, but managed to stay ahead, and has always been fast at Lime Rock with many laps around his home track.
Chris Livengood rounded out the top-five for John Walko Racing in the No. 37 RFR. Livengood won at Lime Rock in 2011 in a Van Diemen.
Minor was sixth, ahead of Jonathan Scarallo, Tim Paul, who started 16th, Bob Wright, in his best performance to date in the new Radon chassis, and Craig Clawson, completing the top-10 after engine issues at VIR in April.
Taking home CellMark Paper Hard Charger honors was Kevin Kopp, finishing 12th after starting last and not turning a single lap at Lime Rock until a brief Saturday morning warm-up following mechanical issues on Friday for the Wisko F2000 entry.
Aaron Pettipas missed the start with engine issues, while Peter Gonzalez did not see the green flag, with a mechanical issue on the false grid.
The day continues with the second race of the weekend, scheduled for 33 laps or 30 minutes at 2:45 pm local time. Live audio is available at http://www.livestream.com/f2000
The top-three will be posted following every session on the EFCN Facebook page, and EFCN Twitter page.
F2000 Championship Series
Round 5 - Race Results
May 26, 2012
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, Connecticut
|1.||Wyatt Gooden||Quantum Racing Services||-||50.618|
|2.||Niki Coello||Coello Racing||2.162||50.963|
|3.||Robert La Rocca||HP-Tech Motorsports||5.323||50.308|
|4.||Tom Fatur (M)||GTP Motorsports||6.957||51.324|
|5.||Chris Livengood||John Walko Racing||8.092||51.168|
|6.||Tim Minor (M)||Ski Motorsports||12.304||51.660|
|7.||Jonathan Scarallo||Group A Racing||13.641||52.090|
|8.||Tim Paul||SMR/GTP Motorsports||14.163||51.867|
|9.||Bob Wright (M)||ADSA/Wright Racing||17.933||52.567|
|10.||Craig Clawson (M)||Clawson Racing||19.004||52.439|
|11.||John Brumder (M)||Front range Motorsports||20.109||52.636|
|12.||Jose Montiel||HP-Tech Motorsports||21.231||52.324|
|13.||Kevin Kopp||WISKO F2000||23.731||52.075|
|14.||Eric Presbrey||Presbrey Racing||1 Lap||52.182|
|15.||Shaun Miller||JAY Motorsports||1 Lap||52.749|
|16.||Charles Finelli (M)||Fat Boy Racing/John Walko Racing||1 Lap||51.926|
|17.||Chris Monteleone||Mountain Lion Motorsports||1 Lap||53.007|
|18.||Doug Rocco||Jaegermeister Racing||1 Lap||53.864|
|19.||Jim Hanrahan (M)||GTP Motorsports||1 Lap||53.376|
|20.||Fred Bross (M)||Bross Racing||1 Lap||54.425|
|21.||Tom Drake (M)||Alleycat Racing||1 Lap||54.996|
|22.||Brendan Puderbach||Fat Boy Racing/John Walko Racing||4 Laps||54.665|
|23.||Kyle Connery||CC Autosport||5 Laps||50.314|
|24.||Jeff McCusker (M)||Dotworks Racing||6 Laps||52.778|
|25.||Dennis McCarthy||Jaegermeister Racing||8 Laps||55.094|
|26.||Dean Baker (M)||Baker Racing||9 Laps||52.827|
(M) = Masters class