Last to First: Beasley Sweeps VIR
Alton, VA – Sam Beasley swept the F2000 Championship Series weekend at VIR, carving up the field on Sunday to score his fourth win of the season and mark victories at every track visited so far this year. After scoring pole, Beasley was forced to start from the pits when his car stalled on the grid and moved through the field, taking the lead from Steve Bamford with two laps to go. David Grant finished third.
Beasley had looked to be the car to beat, taking pole in easy fashion after a win on Saturday afternoon.
When his car stalled right off the grid prior to race start, his Legacy Autosport team, and a few others from pitlane, pitched in to get it going and Beasley was forced to start from pitlane.
“The car was great, I can’t say I didn’t have to work for it, it was so much fun,” said Beasley, who takes both F2000 wins at VIR, rounds five and six of the season.
“I think there was a problem with our starter, we had to push start it, and that put us at the back. That race was fantastic,” Beasley noted.
After leading the middle part of the race, Bamford came home second just 90 minutes after scoring a daring F1600 victory.
“Sam was tough today; he deserved it since he drove it from the back. I’m a little sad I didn’t get the win but it’s great to see him do that,” Bamford said.
Grant completed the podium after leading laps early in the Polestar Racing Group Spectrum, and Eric Filgueiras failed to repeated his third place run from Saturday, sliding to a fourth place result after running as high as second in the early stages of the race.
Trent Walko also was in the mix in a competitive lead group that strung out with four laps to go, as Walko settled for a fifth place finish in the Exclusive Autosport Spectrum.
Austin McCusker led to the green flag with Beasley starting last, but was unable to capitalize, finishing sixth in the RFR chassis ahead of a charging Nick Palacio in seventh. Quinlan Lall also slid back during hte race, with an eighth place result ahead of a competitive Masters Class battle between Charles Finelli, Dan Denison and Bob Reid.
Sam Chastain retired with car issues, and was another one at the front early in the race before the lead group turned into a chaotic battle at the front led by Bamford and Grant with Filgueiras and Walko figuring in during an entertaining round six of the 2015 season.
Full results are available on www.F2000Series.com under the results tab.
The F2000 Championship Series 2015 season continues with its mid-way point, rounds seven and eight, scheduled at Mid-Ohio for July 2-5.