Roe First at VIR
Alton, VA – James Roe took his second victory of the F2000 Championship Series, taking the lead away from Reece Everard at VIR on Sunday afternoon in round six of the season. Roe would go on to take the win ahead of Everard. Simon Sikes was third, storming to the final podium spot from ninth at the start.
“Today the team and everyone put the car back together and gave me a great car. It was brilliant,” said Roe, driving the No. 66 for Arms Up Motorsports. “Brandon Dixon got spun around at the start; it was the same as yesterday’s race. It’s a tight corner (Turn One) and we come down there with a lot of speed. It’s a bottleneck effect and luckily I stayed out of it.”
Everard added: “There was a lot of carnage at the start. We skated through it. I was hanging with James and we caught up to a (lapped) car in the esses. He got him before them and I didn’t. After that I tried my hardest but the car was falling off. It was a good run.”
Sikes capped his weekend with a podium, bouncing back from a 13th place finish on Saturday in round five, battling with fourth place finisher Aaron Jeansone right to the end.
“It was a good battle. I had cars behind me, it was a journey of working my way through the field,” said Sikes. “I can’t thank Primus enough for giving me a car to do it.”
Similar to Saturday’s F2000 race at VIR, there was no shortage of drama. Pole sitter Brandon Dixon locked his breaks in turn one, and came together with Saturday winner Steve Jenks. The latter would retire, while Dixon managed to finish sixth as a number of cars dropped out late in the race.
The first-turn incident promoted Tim Paul to the lead, but Saturday’s second-place finisher didn’t stay there long, retiring on lap two.
Then the story turned to Roe and Everard, who found themselves first and second after crashing into one another during Saturday’s race – also while battling for the top spot.
The two battled back and forth, with Everard taking the lead on lap three, but Roe battling back, wrestling first back and taking the checkered flag first at VIR.
In the Masters Class, Kerry Jacobsen took top honors for the second straight race in his Series debut, driving the No. 95.
The F2000 Championship Series continues next at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with rounds seven and eight, marking the midpoint of the 2018 season.