Beasley Goes Wire-to-Wire at Road Atlanta
Braselton, GA - It was Sam Beasley crossing the line in first in round two of the 2015 F2000 Championship Series season on Sunday at Road Atlanta. Starting on pole, Beasley managed to break away from the field early in the race leading every lap in his No. 4 Legacy Autosport Mygale to score his fourth F2000 victory over Eric Filgueiras who finished second.
“The team did such a great job today, we got rid of our reliability issues from yesterday and of course it doesn’t mean anything until you see the checkered flag,” said Beasley. “The performance of the car is there and I just can’t wait to keep improving that at Watkins Glen in May.”
Filgueiras scored his first F2000 podium result after running strongly on Saturday but falling back late in the race with car issues.
“The start was an interesting, exciting lap in which I tried to overtake first place or whatever we were going for in a three-wide formation but decided better of it, and ultimately ended up in second place which we are thrilled about,” said Filgueiras.
Steve Bamford made it yet another Masters Class win and podium appearance by finishing third, taking every Masters Class victory between F2000 and F1600 for the weekend. Bamford ran the second fastest lap in the race, with Beasley getting the fast lap for the day and bonus points that come with it.
"I still have some more energy so I wish I ran Atlantic as well," said Bamford.
Sam Chastain got the better of both McCusker brothers to finish fourth in his debut weekend in the F2000 Series for Chastain Motorsports. Austin and John McCusker followed in fifth and sixth in their pair of matching black RFRs.
Starting in 12th position, Spencer Brockman had a solid race for K-Hill Motorsports moving up to seventh.
Saturday winner David Grant fell back from fourth to the end of the field after a lap one incident but was able to move through the field with a series of fast laps to finish eighth.
Dave Weitzenhof and Steve Jenks completed the top ten and were second and third in the Masters Class.
Dan Denison, Michael DeQuesada, Trent Walko, Bob Reid and Charles Finelli followed in positions 11 through 15.
John LaRue entered the pits after the first lap and was able to rejoin the race in the No. 17 LaRue Motorsports Citation.
After setting the pace Friday, Quinlan Lall retired from race one of the weekend with an engine failure. He ran the qualifying session earlier in the day before a mechanical issue ended his session, also sidelining the No. 1 entry for the race.
The season continues with races three and four of 14 at Watkins Glen International, May 15-17.
Full results are available on www.F2000Series.com under the results tab.