Another Rain Victory for Eidson
Lexington, OH – Jake Eidson marked four straight wins in a row and three straight victories in the rain with a flag-to-flag run at Mid-Ohio in round seven of the 2013 F1600 Formula F Championship Series season. The 18-year-old extends his points lead, starting from pole and fending off a challenge from Aaron Telitz, who finished second ahead of Adrian Starrantino.
Eidson’s Championship lead extends on four wins, as he continues to lead Telitz and Starrantino in the standings.
“The start was pretty dramatic. I saw Tristan Vautier lock it up or something going into one and I’m glad he didn’t collect me,” said Eidson, who drives the No. 10 Spectrum/Honda for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. “It was a pretty clean race, I had a lot of pressure from Aaron but the Spectrum car does great in the rain. Aaron and I got very close a few times but the Spectrum was working very well. The team did an awesome job, we’re going to take this win and keep moving forward.”
Telitz would mark another podium in the WISKO Racing Mygale/Honda, and gained a few valuable points over Championship rival Starrantino.
“I made a mistake early in the race in Turn 1 and that cost us some time,” said Telitz. “I had caught him again and made another big mistake. So I made two big mistakes and he was making some small mistakes.”
A dry race is expected on Sunday while Eidson, Telitz and Starrantino all have dry-race wins on the season.
Starrantino would run the entire race in third place, as the leaders built a gap and Starrantino separated from those behind him in the No. 98 entry for Bryan Herta Autosport. The Championship contender hopes to return to the form that saw him sweep the opening weekend at VIR with two wins.
Ayla Agren finished fourth in a second Bryan Herta Autosport entry, ahead of WISKO’s Paul Alspach, both in Mygale/Hondas.
The big story of the weekend, Tristan Vautier, was able to recover for an impressive sixth place finish in the Quantum Racing Services Van Diemen/Honda.
While his girlfriend, Agren, may have finished ahead of him, Vautier went off on the opening lap, and somehow got his car out of the sand to carve his way through the field from 17th to 6th in just 12 laps.
Jim Goughary won the Masters Class, finishing in seventh, with Steve Bamford and Art Foster following and Wes Allen rounding out the top ten at Mid-Ohio
Sam Chastain ran as high as fourth in his Bryan Herta Autosport entry before going off and getting stuck with five laps to go.
The weekend continues Sunday with 8:00am qualifying and a 12:15pm race start for the F1600 Formula F Championship Series.
PosNo.NameLapsBest TmMake/ModelDiff 1 10 Jake Eidson 13 1:56.437 Spectrum Honda - 2 13 Aaron Telitz 13 1:55.675 Mygale Honda +21.190 3 98 Adrian Starrantino 13 1:56.703 Mygale Honda +22.553 4 96 Ayla Agren 13 1:56.444 Mygale Honda +48.926 5 66 Paul Alspach 13 1:56.877 Mygale Honda +57.084 6 16 Tristan Vautier 13 1:58.771 Van Diemen Honda +1:13.673 7 7 Jim Goughary/M 13 1:59.741 Van Diemen Honda +1:15.294 8 07 Steve Bamford/M 13 1:59.740 Mygale Honda +1:26.891 9 21 Art Foster/M 12 2:06.216 Spectrum Honda 1 Lap 10 26 Wes Allen/M 12 2:03.744 Piper Honda +1.165 11 31 Scott Rubenzer/M 12 2:06.278 Spectrum Honda +2.425 12 06 Austin McCusker 12 2:03.942 Van Diemen Honda +32.960 13 55 Ray Phillips/M 12 2:08.186 Van Diemen Honda +1:24.446 14 2 Mike Scanlan/M 12 2:07.606 Swift DB6 Honda +1:54.349 15 97 Sam Chastain 8 1:56.320 Mygale Honda 5 Laps DNF 18 Dan Pyanowski/M 5 2:21.356 Swift DB1 Ford 8 Laps DNF 75 Don Baggett 2 2:49.528 Swift DB6 Ford 11 Laps DNS 0 Lewis Cooper III/M 0 -.--- Van Diemen Ford -