Minor Now Five-For-Five In F2000
LIME ROCK, Conn. – Five races, five wins in the F2000 Championship Series, and this time it was in a full wet race at Lime Rock Park for Tim Minor and the No. 88 Ski Motorsports Citation.
Minor held onto the lead the entire race, which ran to a time window because of multiple full-course-cautions, and won ahead of Kevin Kopp and Roberto Lorena in what turned out to be a game of survival for most of the field.
Minor, a Masters Class driver, leaps out to an even bigger Championship lead with extra points for pole position and the fastest race lap.
“Five for five, that was a handful,” said Minor, stepping out of his car in the pouring rain in Connecticut. “All I could do was try to stay out front where I could see. The conditions were certainly treacherous and I was able to gap the field enough to win.”
That margin of victory was more than 20 seconds, with Minor incurring a 10 second penalty for passing the pace car as confusion was the name of the game on an early-race restart.
Kopp would return his WISKO F2000 team to the podium for the first time since VIR in April, and his first podium since New Jersey in 2012.
“I am happy with this,” said Kopp. “It was a battle of attrition in the cold and wet.”
With temperatures not getting out of the forties for the race, Roberto Lorena also survived, climbing from tenth to a podium finish for his HP-Tech Motorsport team.
John McCusker continued his strong wet-weather pace, staying out of trouble and finishing fourth in the rain-happy RFR chassis.
David Grant completed the top five after missing qualifying and starting last for Polestar Racing Group. Grant also notched the CellMark Paper Hard Charger dicing through the field and avoiding trouble in the No. 29 Van Diemen.