Kirkwood earns USF2000 title, VeeKay sweeps Professional Mazda

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Kyle Kirkwood scored his eighth, ninth and tenth wins within the 2018 USF2000 championship to clinch the championship with two races to go, whereas Rinus VeeKay gained each Professional Mazda rounds.

 

Winner Kyle Kirkwood

Photograph by: Mazda Street To Indy

USF2000

Cape Motorsports’ Kyle Kirkwood took the pole and the lead from the drop of the inexperienced in Race 1. He was forward of the Pabst Racing trio of Kaylen Frederick, Rasmus Lindh and Lucas Kohl, however Lindh’s late problem down the within of Frederick at Flip four resulted in contact, with the latter sliding throughout the grass and stalling. Out got here the warning flags.

On the restart Kirkwood obtained away from Lindh, who then served a drive-through penalty, handing second to Kohl, whereas Keith Donegan’s third place for BN Racing was below rising risk from James Raven’s DEForce Racing.

Raven’s efforts had been in useless, as Calvin Ming and Darren Keane obtained round him and pushed him to sixth, whereas a second full-course warning flew on Lap 7 resulting from a lapped Frederick tangling with Russell McDonough, the pair falling off monitor.

Kirkwood escaped once more when the inexperienced flag flew on Lap 11, aided by Kohl having to defend closely from Donegan, who then fell into Ming’s clutches and misplaced out to a really courageous move across the outdoors of Flip 10 from the Pabst racer. However then one other yellow flew after Oscar DeLuzuriaga spun his Newman Wachs Racing machine. On the restart Keane’s NWR automotive snagged the again of Sierra’s DEForce machine and broke his entrance wing arduous sufficient to shove it below the automotive. Bruna Tomaselli struck the pitwall making an attempt to keep away from the mess, whereas Sierra – minus rear wing – spun off at Flip 1. Inevitably one other yellow was required.

The sector took the ultimate restart with two laps to go, and Kirkwood once more took extra pace into Flip 1 to make sure he was out of attain of Kohl within the Flip four brake zone. Kohl was equally unthreatened by Ming, who had stress from Raven, till the Briton was ordered to pit to serve a blocking penalty and tumbled to 13th.

Frederick had an opportunity to redeem his weekend in Race 2 having taken pole from Kirkwood forward of Lindh, Kohl and Fraga, however though he took the lead at the beginning, the Pabst driver appeared to outbrake himself for Flip 2, and drove straight into the sandtrap. That handed the result in Kirkwood, whereas Kohl obtained round Lindh, the pair of them chased by Fraga, Michael D’Orlando within the Group Benik machine.

Then DeLuzuriaga spun exiting Flip 11 and hit the wall. Out got here the total course warning and when the race restarted Kirkwood instantly took cost, whereas Frederick brought about a yellow by colliding with Sabre Prepare dinner’s Benik machine.

The race restarted on Lap 10, and whereas Kirkwood escaped from Kohl once more, Dickerson got here below stress from the DEForce automotive of Kory Enders, Ming, Keane and Colin Kamminsky. Then Enders misplaced momentum making an attempt to finish a move, and fell behind Ming, who then made quick work of Dickerson.

Into Flip 12 on the penultimate lap, Keane collided with Enders and went off onto the grass, the pair of them coming residence 17th and 14th respectively.

Kirkwood got here residence 5.7sec forward of Kohl, as Fraga claimed third forward of Lindh, Ming and Dickerson.

Race three didn’t begin promisingly – though it did for Kirkwood, who from the surface of the entrance row beat polesitter Raven into Flip 1, chased by Donegan, Lindh, Van Der Watt and Kohl, Sierra. In the midst of the pack on that opening lap, nonetheless Dickerson, Keane and Enders collided, leaving the latter trackside, and forcing Dickerson and Keane to have their vehicles checked over.

On the restart in the beginning of Lap four, Kirkwood made the breakaway from Raven who in flip had no stress from Donegan who was as an alternative battling to maintain Lindh in his mirrors. Sierra and Fraga handed Van Der Watt and Kohl respectively, after which Van der Watt handed Sierra however had no want, because the DEForce driver was compelled to serve a drive-through penalty for leaping the beginning.

Van der Watt’s subsequent drawback, nonetheless, was the flying Frederick, who’d climbed from 22nd on the grid to sixth. Frederick went down the within of the Pelfrey driver at Flip four, however when Van der Watt tried to stay with the ArmsUp Motorsport driver across the outdoors, the pair appeared to make contact and the yellow automotive spun onto the grass. Race Management determined Frederick was accountable and he served a drive-through penalty, permitting Fraga into fifth.

Lindh went across the outdoors of Donegan at Flip four on Lap 18, with two to go, however that was the one important order change within the last laps. Kirkwood scored his 10th win by over 6sec after setting the quickest lap on his last lap. Raven was three.5sec forward of Lindh, with Donegan holding onto fourth effectively forward of Fraga, Kohl, Ming and d’Orlando.

 

Winner Rinus van Kalmthout

Winner Rinus van Kalmthout

Photograph by: KNAF

Professional Mazda

In Race 1, Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay led away from pole forward of David Malukas within the BN Racing automotive, with Robert Megennis transferring his Juncos machine from fifth to 3rd within the opening lap. On Lap three, Carlos Cunha moved into fourth having gotten across the Unique Autosport automotive of Parker Thompson, who instantly got here below stress from Cape Motorsports’ Oliver Askew.

Nevertheless this problem light from Lap eight onward, and the order on the entrance remained static to the checkered flag. VeeKay gained by 2.9sec forward of Malukas who had a 1.3sec benefit over Megennis. Cunha held off Thompson by little greater than half a second, whereas Askew claimed sixth.

Malukas had the pole for the second race, and he made probably the most of it in order that the lead positions had been reversed from the day gone by’s motion, and neither VeeKay nor Megennis appeared to have something for him. Sadly, the BN driver then encountered a mechanical failure on Lap eight and needed to pull off.

That left Juncos with a snug 1-2 forward of Askew, with Megennis showing to step up his efforts to get round teammate VeeKay for the lead. There was one other positive battle for fourth place, Felipe Drugovich of RP Motorsport Racing desperately making an attempt to defend from Sting Ray Robb’s Group Pelfrey automotive and Thompson. Nevertheless, on Lap 18, Robb lastly made the transfer across the outdoors of Donegan at Flip four, solely finishing the maneuver by Flip 6.

Two laps later the full-course yellow flew for Cunha, who’d certified fifth however fallen off the monitor, and the inexperienced waved once more with 4 laps to go. Robb tried a courageous maneuver across the outdoors of Askew at Flip four, however the Cape driver was in no temper to cooperate. That left the order static all the best way to the checkered flag, VeeKay staying 1.4sec away from Megennis, chased residence by Askew, Robb, Drugovich and Thompson.