Ming Takes Sunday Morning Victory
Lexington, OH - Calvin Ming prevailed in round 11 of the 2016 F1600 Formula F Championship Series, taking the victory on Sunday morning at Mid-Ohio ahead of Team Pelfrey teammate Phillippe Denes and K-Hill's Peter Portante.
"The race was good from the start. We tried to stay in the lead pack and in the end it worked out. It was a good battle with the front group and I can't thank Team Pelfrey enough," said Ming.
Ming was among a lead group of five cars, also including Denes, Portante and Masters Class winner Steve Bamford. Neil Verhagen also led multiple laps in the No. 3 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda, but was sidelined when a suspension upright failed.
For Denes, it was a big points day as Verhagen finished well down the order.
"It was a good race, staying up front the whole time. Calvin just got better of us on the last lap. It was a good one-two result for the team," Denes said.
Portante was unable to repeat his Saturday win, but moved from fifth to third in the late stages of the race.
"I'm pretty happy with the result, it's the best I've done at 8 a.m.," said Portante. "The car was good, we were hanging on at the start of the race and eventually got there. The podium result is pretty solid."
Bamford won the Masters Class with a fourth place finish overall, while Andy Melvin put in another strong drive to complete the top five in the No. 23 entry.
Max Mallinen improved a handful of positions to finish sixth for Swan Motorsports, with Jeffrey Bartz behind him, and Scott Rubenzer and Cliff Johnson following.
Both Rubenzer and Johnson scored Masters Class podiums, second and third, respectively, in class, while Hans Ada completed the top ten for K-Hill after running as high as fifth.
Of note, Kaylen Frederick failed to roll off the grid, with Team Pelfrey quickly locating and fixing an issue on the car.
Frederick rejoined the field a few laps down, but was able to set the fastest lap of the race, putting him on pole for Sunday afternoon's final F1600 round at Mid-Ohio.