Dixon Dominates Round Eight for First Mid-Ohio Win
Lexington, OH – Brandon Dixon closed out the Formula Race Promotions weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a dominating victory in round eight of the F2000 Championship Series season. The 2017 F2000 Champion started from the outside of the front row, taking the lead on the start and dominating the all-green-flag race, emerging victorious over Saturday winner and current points leader Steve Jenks, while James Roe completed the podium ahead of Rob Allaer and Simon Sikes.
“We made a setup change overnight that may not have made the car faster, but it made it easier for me to do my job,” said Dixon, following his masterful drive at the tricky 13-turn road course. “It drove with some consistency. This win is really special for me. We have an awesome field, a crazy fast field, and I’ve been coming here for 20 years and yet to stand on the top step at this place. This one really means a lot.”
“Brandon checked out at the start, and I had nothing for him,” said Jenks. “It was a fun battle with John LaRue up until he had a mechanical issue on the last lap. We went beside each other one time, into the Keyhole. It was great racing. John is the master here, so anytime I can finish in front of him it's good. It was a great points weekend.”
Roe, driving the No. 66 ArmsUp machine, said: “We had a misfire in that race. The car wasn’t going anywhere at the start, and I was just hanging in there short-shifting trying to get it home. I was lucky that John LaRue pulled off at the end, otherwise it would have been a fourth place.”
Allaer came home in fourth spot for Polestar, ahead of Primus Racing and Simon Sikes, who completed the top five.
After running in third most of the race, LaRue finished sixth as his car appeared to lose power coming to the checkered flag, dropping him from what was looking like the final podium spot.
Next up, the F2000 Championship Series heads for the Keystone Speedfest at Pittsburgh International Race Complex for rounds nine and 10 of the 2018 season.