Dixon Takes Pole Position for Race Two!
Brandon Dixon improved at the last minute to preserve his pole position starting place for race two here at Mid-Ohio!
A spot of clouds rolled over the Mid-Ohio circuit just in time for the second qualifying session for the F2000 Championship Series. It resulted in a small reduction of brutality in the weather conditions. All drivers rolled onto track not hesitating to explore the conditions.
At the completion of the first timed lap, it was Dixon, Newey, and Everard at the top three. Time however was plentiful, and the drivers were just coming to grips with the increasingly sunless skies.
As the session wore on, the times continued to fall. Dixon was the first to step into the 1:24’s and held the fastest time, Jenks was second, Newey in third, and LaRue in fourth. By the halfway point Reece Everard and Andrew Dobbie were starting to show their pace and entered into the top five, less than a second covered the top six competitors.
With twelves minutes remaining LaRue and Dobbie both returned to the pits for adjustments. Meanwhile Dixon and Newey plugged on, Dixon with a new fast lap, a 1:24.2, but Newey was less than two tenths of a second back. Reece Everard held third, Andrew Dobbie fourth, and John LaRue now just returning to the track is in fifth.
Now under the ten minute mark, the sun has returned and the track seems to be responding. Times are falling again, Dixon and Newey are still the stop two respectively, they also remain separated by less than tenths. Andrew Dobbie continued to take time out of the top two while Harry Voigt continued to improved, finding himself in fourth. Steve Jenks was fifth, and Reece Everard in sixth, while John LaRue struggled to find the pace he’s so often shown to sit seventh. The top seven all inside a second of fast time.
With five minutes remaining, Dixon gets noticeably loose in The Carousel turn but manages to lop another .07 of a second of his best lap. It was just in time too, Brandon Newey improved his best and now sits exactly .07 of a second behind Dixon. Meanwhile, Steve Jenks finds some extra pace and jumps to third just four tenths of a second off second.
As time runs out Dixon gets pole, Newey is in second, Jenks in third, Dobbie in fourth, and LaRue in fifth.