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September 17, 2011 News
F1600 Championship: Foster Wins at Lime Rock
Art Foster scored his first series win in race two of his home track doubleheader at Lime Rock Park (Photo: F1600 Formula F Championship - Valet)
Art Foster scored his first series win in race two of his home track doubleheader at Lime Rock Park
(Photo: F1600 Formula F Championship - Valet)

Art Foster scored his first F1600 Formula F Championship Series win on Saturday (September 17) at his home track in a Van Diemen/Ford. Foster, a long time racer, found the top step of the podium after an epic yet high-attrition battle among the leaders. Ryan Leach was a career best second in the Spectrum/Honda, and Colin Thompson tied his career best finish in third in a Swift/Honda.

Foster wasn’t in the lead most of the race, but was when it mattered for the 30-lap Round eight caution-free race around the seven-turn road-course in Connecticut.

“It was a bit slow in the beginning,” said Foster. “I held off a bit saving my tires. It worked.”

Leach bounced back for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing from a DNF in the earlier race to finish second, a career best result for the aspiring racer.

“I took it easy at the start,” Leach commented. “Colin Thompson and Jim Goughary were in front and touched, and that let me move into second. I battled with Art most of the way, but got into a bit of oil and lost touch with him.”

Thompson gained valuable points finishing third to become the top contender for the Alegra Motorsports F2000 test, awarded to the top finishing driver under the age of 21 in the points standings.

“On the first couple of laps it seemed everyone was doing their own thing,” Thompson said. “I made a move on Jim Goughary, he seemed to come down on me and we touched.”

That moved Thompson way back through the pack, but the 17 year-old was able to recover for a podium drive.

In the fight for the F1600 Formula F Championship Series title, Tim Kautz and Bill Valet both failed to finish. Valet cut into Kautz’s lead when he won earlier in the day, and Kautz failed to finish. Valet had an electrical short that cut his race short, while Kautz was well in control of the lead of the race before a massive engine failure in his Piper/Ford.

Polesitter Jim Goughary failed to finish for the second time in the day in his Piper/Honda, after sitting on pole for both races.

The F1600 Formula F Championship Series concludes its 2011 season with Rounds Nine and Ten at Watkins Glen International on October 15-16.

The top-three will be posted following every session on the EFCN Facebook page, EFCN Twitter page, and EFCN Insider Twitter page.

F1600 Formula F Championship Series
Round 8 - Race Results
September 17, 2011
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, Connecticut

Pos.DriverTeamDiff.Fast Time
1.Art FosterArt Foster Racing-53.416
2.Ryan LeachCape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing0.37253.113
3.Colin ThompsonTTO Motorsports0.47652.848
4.Steve OsethDBM Racing0.74253.231
5.Bob DetrickRMD Racing28.05554.098
6.John GroomsGrooms Racing28.54953.872
7.Caitlin JohnstonWarp 9 Motorsports30.81754.445
8.Ed CalloRECON Racing1 Lap55.499
9.Ross DevoeRed Racing1 Lap55.539
10.Sean MaiseyMaisey Racing1 Lap55.563
11.Jim MacNichollMacNicholl Racing1 Lap56.002
12.Mike ScanlanONP Racing2 Laps54.724
13.Ric BaribeaultLNR Racing2 Laps56.628
14.Tim KautzKautz Racing4 Laps53.037
15.Forrest HullHull Racing6 Laps53.101
16.Bill ValetValet Racing11 Laps53.588
17.Doug HobbyAutosport16 Laps55.266
18.Jim GougharyRaceworks21 Laps53.753
19.Glenn TaylorTaylor Racing22 Laps56.086

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