Augusta, GA- Skylar Robinson had another roller coaster weekend at Watkins Glen, but would emerge from the fray with a win and as the F2000 Vice Champion.
Heading into the season finale at Watkins Glen, Skylar was just 4 points behind series veteran and defending champion Tim Minor.
Practice went smoothly for Robinson on Friday as he paced the first session and closed out the day in P3.
Qualifying 1 started out strongly for the 18 year-old as he held the pole down for a majority of the first half of the session. However, he would get shuffled to 3rd which he maintained for the rest of the session. On his last flying lap, he was held up by traffic which cost him a shot at the pole.
Starting race 1 from the inside of the second row, Robinson made a move on the front row into turn 1 at the start. Things tightened up and Skylar emerged with a damaged front wing which significantly hurt the balance of the car. He would continue the race but slowly slipped back to 11th where he finished.
“I just made a slight misjudgment going into turn 1. With the front wing damage, I had massive understeer pretty much everywhere which slowed my progress,” Skylar commented after the race.
With Minor stretching the gap to 15 points heading into the final qualifying and final race of the season, Robinson would have his work cut out for him on Sunday.
During Qualifying 2, Skylar showcased his pace and put the car P1 well clear of the rest of the field. This secured him 3 bonus points which was critical going towards the championship.
In the race, Robinson slipped to 3rd at the start but quickly charged his way back to the lead. After clearing the field, he would set sail claiming fastest race lap on his way to his fourth win of the year.
When all was said and done, the Augusta, Georgia resident would end up just short - 2 points- of the championship.
“It’s tough missing the title by that margin. This year was a great year though - especially the second half. I’ve learned so much from Eric at Eric Langbein Racing and having him and Aaron work on my car all year was awesome. We never had any reliability issues and the car was consistently quick. A big thanks to them, the series, Hoosier Tires, PFC Brakes, Quicksilver Racengines, and all those who have supported me throughout the year,” Skylar commented after the weekend