Osborne Takes First Win
Lexington, OH - David Osborne scored his first ever F1600 Championship Series victory with a win on Sunday morning at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in round 10 of the 2017 season for Team Pelfrey. Osborne beat teammate Jonathan Kotyk to the line in a tight finish, while Chris Horan scored his first ever podium finish in Series competition with a third place result. Cliff Johnson won the Masters Class ahead of Scott Rubenzer and Joel Haas.
Quotes from the Top Finishers:
"It feels great to get my first win out of the way. I look forward to trying to do it again this afternoon. It was great working with Jonathan to try to break away from the field at the end and we sorted things out through the last couple of corners. It's great to be here, at my home track with Team Pelfrey, it's an honor."
"It was a pretty good race for the Team Pelfrey Gap Guard car. I tried checking out but you can't do that in F1600. I just drove a smart race and worked well with David."
"It was an exciting race. I tried to avoid the contact through 'madness' and get a good restart. I managed to hold off the two cars behind me and got through turn one clean. I didn't have anything for the two leaders so I tried to drive a clean race. The biggest thanks has to go to my dad. He works endlessly to get this car on track, this is a good moment for us, we've been working toward it for a long time."
"It was a lot of fun, I just didn't enough to run with those guys up front. It is tough to keep up with the kids."
- Cliff Johnson won the Masters Class for the second straight day in the No. 4 Piper/Honda in his Series debut, with the Masters Class podium repeating as Scott Rubenzer and Joel Haas finished second and third, respectively.
- Zach Holden's race ended early with suspension damage. His K-Hill teammate Yuven Sundaramoorthy improved on his Saturday result to come home in fifth.
- Matthew Cowley finished fourth, unable to keep his perfect win streak going at Mid-Ohio.
- Finishing seventh overall, Scott Rubenzer had an action-filled last lap battling with Ryan Bjerke. "We had a good race with Ryan, we seem to be glued together this weekend. I got him right at the flag but I commend his driving, he's a class man to race with," Rubenzer said.