Rain Doesn’t Slow Starrantino In F1600
LIME ROCK, Conn. – With the skies open and heavy rain falling, Adrian Starrantino piloted the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Mygale/Honda to the pole position at Lime Rock Park for round five of the 2013 F1600 Formula F Championship Series.
It was Starrantino’s second pole of the 2013 season, as he qualified ahead of WISKO Racing teammates Paul Alspach and Aaron Telitz.
Starrantino, who won both races at VIR in April to start the year, lost his Championship points lead with a DNF in round four just two weeks ago at Road Atlanta, and bonus points for pole are massively important for the young American’s quest for the 2013 F1600 title.
The Bryan Herta Autosport driver’s pole time came very early in the session, under heavy rain, which only got worse throughout the all-green-flag 30-minute qualifying session on Friday afternoon.
Alspach backed up two top-ten finishes earlier this month at Road Atlanta in May with a break-through front-row qualifying effort in tricky conditions in the No. 66 Mygale/Honda. Alpsach missed out on his first career pole by just .071 seconds in a tight qualifying session.
Current Championship leader Aaron Telitz qualified third and missed most of the session after going off into the tire barrier in the WISKO Racing Mygale/Honda. Luckily, for Telitz, the incident did not stop the session so he was able to keep his quick time.
Sam Chastain showed his rain driving skill-set with the fourth fastest time in his No. 97 Mygale/Honda, running a total of 18 laps around the 1.53-mile circuit.
Championship contender Jake Eidson ended up with a two-grid-position penalty after missing the checkered flag, meaning he will have to start from fifth as he hopes to repeat on his Road Atlanta victory.