Millville, NJ - Scott Andrews set the fastest time of Friday F1600 Formula F Championship Series practice in the morning session with a lap of 1:22.572 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP). On a slightly slower track later in the day, it was Pittsburgh winner Skylar Robinson and K-Hill Motorsports at the top of the time sheets with a quick lap of 1:22.788 as teams and drivers prepared for rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the season taking place at NJMP this weekend.
As the green flag fell on practice one in the late morning at NJMP, it was Austin Mack, driving the No. 44 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda that immediately set the pace. The Watkins Glen winner ended the session second overall on the time sheets, with a fast lap clocked in at 1:22.959.
Fastest on the day, and with the time coming late in the session, was Australian Scott Andrews in the No. 94 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum/Honda. In his first session at the track, Andrews led the session with a fast time of 1:22.572, eclipsing the previous track record set by fellow Australian Shae Davies, also in a Spectrum/Honda, during the 2012 season.
Two Team Pelfrey cars followed, with Ben Auriemma running a 1:23.224 for third quick and double Pittsburgh victor Jordan Cane turning in a 1:23.278 for fourth fastest. Thomas McGregor completed the top five in the second Spectrum/Honda.
F1600 newcomer Cameron Das was sixth in his debut practice, driving the No. 12 K-Hill Mygale/Honda. The third K-Hill entry, the No. 79 for Championship contender Skylar Robinson, was seventh.
Robert Megennis was eighth overall, with Masters Class racers Art Foster and Steve Bamford ninth and 10th, respectively.
In practice two, Robinson went fastest early in the session, lowering his time throughout the all-green-flag 30-minute practice.
Andrews was second by over two tenths of a second, with Auriemma showing another strong performance, just .025 seconds back with hate third fastest lap. Pelfrey teammates Megennis and Cane were fourth and fifth.
Mack slipped from his morning showing, sixth overall, with McGregor in seventh and Will Harvey improving to eighth for Chastain Motorsports. Das was ninth in the third K-Hill car while Andrew Hobbs rounded out the top 10 in the No. 83 Team Pelfrey Mygale/Honda.
Steve Bamford led the Masters Class in 11th overall, ahead of Jim Goughary and Art Foster.
Full results are available on www.F1600Series.com under the Results tab.
The triple-header weekend from New Jersey for F1600 continues on Saturday with morning qualifying and race one in the afternoon. Sunday follows with double races scheduled in the penultimate weekend of the year.