Bamford and Jenks Finish First in Masters Class at VIR
Alton, VA – The VIR weekend for the F2000 Championship Series Masters Class division had its share of upsets and triumphs for teams and drivers as well as threats from both in front and behind of drivers as they completed rounds five and six of the season. Steve Jenks came out on top after race one in the Masters Class division and Steve Bamford took to the highest step on the podium after race two.
Points leader in the series overall going into the weekend as well as leader in the Masters Class, Bamford was at the pole position for the beginning of race one but was unable to finish. Jenks capitalized on the opportunity and took home the win for the Masters Class in his No. 68 Van Diemen.
“I had a lot of fun out there, it is lot of fun to be here, going to do it again on Sunday and see if we can race with these young guys,” said Jenks as he looked to race two after his win in race one on Saturday.
Coming in second on Saturday for race one was driver of the No. 83 Van Diemen, Charles Finelli.
“I saw Dan (Denison) coming up on me and then it started getting heated, I thought it was going to be smooth sailing but it was down to the wire,” said Finelli on the final moments of race one.
Coming in third for race one was No. 51 Van Diemen driver Dan Denison from Polestar who was with Finelli until the end. Just missing the podium was Dave Weitzenhof, who finished in fourth.
Race two had Steve Bamford back on top after his disappointing result on Saturday. Bamford was sitting at sixth place for the beginning of race two but quickly made his way to the front of the pack. Coming up from a start in last position was Sam Beasley, who eventually made his was to Bamford, and despite Bamfords efforts, he had to settle for a second place finish overall but picked up a first place Masters win. Bamford also did well in the F1600 Series where he won outright in race three.
Scoring double podiums for the weekend was Finelli who picked up another second place finish in race two.
“I’m trying, I’m getting there, hopefully one day I’ll be top eight,” Finelli said jokingly after his top ten finish overall in race two of the weekend.
Also with the repeat podium finish for the weekend was Dan Denison who finished third in race two.
The excitement of the F2000 Championship Series continues at Mid-Ohio in July. Full results for both races one and two can be found at www.F2000Series.com under the results tab.