Goikhberg Nabs First F1600 Victory
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Mikhail Goikhberg ran in the lead pack for 12 green-flag laps and came out first in a last lap battle among seven cars for the win in round four of the 2014 F1600 Formula F Championship Series season at Watkins Glen Int’l on Sunday.
Goikhberg piloted the No. 98 Mygale/Honda from K-Hill, in partnership with Pelfrey, to the checkered flag with Garth Rickards and Jack Mitchell Jr. closely behind.
For Goikhberg, it marks his first F1600 win during his series debut weekend and second-ever F1600 start.
“It has been an awesome weekend, the Series is very competitive. I need to thank K-Hill and Pelfrey for a great car,” said Goikhberg. “Very clean racing, I liked it.”
Rickards notched yet another podium result for Team Pelfrey, leading laps continually throughout the race but failing to find the top step of the podium in his Mygale/Honda.
“It was a good race, we led a few laps but it was all about the draft. We wanted to play it smart and I had the lead on the backstretch on the last lap but got passed,” said Rickards, who started from pole with a new F1600 track record.
Mitchell at had one point pulled out a 1.5 second lead but couldn’t hold it, settling for third in the No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum/Honda machine, after two straight second-place finishes.
“The race was pretty good, we started in sixth, the race was fun. There are a lot of quick people out there, the Exclusive Spectrum was super quick, hopefully we get a win at VIR. This Series has been awesome,” said Mitchell Jr.
Augie Lerch followed in fourth position right ahead of Pelfrey teammate Nikita Lastochkin.