Bamford Wins at Mid-Ohio
Lexington, OH - Steve Bamford took home first place in round seven of the F2000 season at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, the first of two F2000 Championship Series races scheduled for the Formula Race Promotions weekend. John LaRue finished second and Brandon Dixon completed the podium in third.
With the green flag out at Mid-Ohio, Bamford led the opening lap over Robert Allaer, LaRue and Steve Jenks after the green flag waved at Mid-Ohio, where the field sees the green flag on the long back stretch.
It didn't take long for Allaer to make his move, taking the lead on lap three and holding it for a few laps while fending off the No. 07 of Bamford.
Bamford eventually found a way past Allaer and took fellow Citation driver LaRue with him to the eventual checkered flag.
LaRue put in a solid showing with his third straight second-place finish in three starts driving the No. 17 LaRue Motorsports entry.
Mid-way through the race Brandon Dixon passed Steve Jenks for fourth, and then got around Allaer for third in the later stages of the race.
It was a solid drive for Dixon, bouncing back from oil pressure issues that hampered his pace at VIR in June.
"It was a pretty hard and relatively exciting race," said Dixon. "I got passed by Steve (Jenks) right at the start and had to fight my way back up. I really had to work to get by Rob. It was a hard fight.
After an exciting charge to the lead from the outside of the front row, Allaer finished fourth, and ran the third fastest lap of the race in the No. 52. The Florida-based driver also led Friday practice.
Jenks was another racer that saw a rebound drive to match his best result of the season, with a fifth place run at Mid-Ohio.
John McCusker was sixth in the No. 01 Dotworks Racing Van Diemen, while Dave Weitzenhof's No. 67 Weitzenhof Racing Citation finished seventh. Mechanical gremlins limited Austin McCusker's pace, with the returning F2000 driver finishing eighth in his first start of 2016. Tim Paul and Robert Wright completed the top ten.
The race ran to its full length of 21 laps with full green flag conditions, Bamford also had the pace to beat, picking up two bonus points for fastest lap.
The F2000 weekend from Mid-Ohio continues on Sunday with morning qualifying and an afternoon race.