Chastain Breaks Through In F1600
THOMPSON, Conn. – Sam Chastain protected the inside line into turn one and took his first F1600 Formula F Championship Series win Sunday with a decisive drive at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the No. 27 for Chastain Motorsports.
Last lap contact promoted Garth Rickards to second after Jack Mitchell Jr. and Ayla Agren came together. Mitchell still finished third despite the contact.
Chastain made it a full weekend sweep for his Chastain team following his teammate’s Saturday victory.
“It was a tough race,” said Chastain, who has been fast all year. “We played it smart and ran our race and tried not to let people by.”
Rickards, meanwhile, gained by valuable ground on Agren as the Team Pelfrey teammates continue to battle one another for the Championship as the fight will now go to Watkins Glen in October for rounds 13 and 14 and the season finale.
“It was crazy,” Rickards said. “It was the last lap and there were four cars going for it. The Championship is getting closer.”
Mitchell made his outside turn one move on Agren stick on the last lap, getting the inside line into the next corner. At that point the two made contact with Agren getting air time. The Pittsburgh race winner brought his No. 93 Exclusive Autosport home third with a bent suspension.
“I went in deep on the outside of turn one and she gave me enough room,” said Mitchell Jr. “I had the inside line on the next corner and we ran out of room, it was a racing incident.”
Nikita Lastochkin finished fourth ahead of Steve Bamford, who took home the Masters Class win.