|April 10, 2010 News
|F2000 Championship: Erickson Scores Pole in Series Debut
| Daniel Erickson will lead the 30+ car field to the green in his series debut at VIR|
(Photo: F2000 Championship Series - Janice Eakin)
Australian rookie Daniel Erickson took the pole position for Saturday's (April 10) F2000 Championship Series season-opener, posting a new track record (1:54.496) in qualifying at VIRginia International Raceway, three tenths up on the rest of the field. Alegra Motorsports Victor Carbone will line-up alongside the Primus Racing driver on the front-row.
In only his third day behind the wheel of an Formula Ford 2000 car, the British Formula Ford Championship race winner Erickson waited until the very last second to bump Carbone off the pole position in the morning qualifying run.
“The car was handling well,” said Erickson, who grabs three championship points. “I’m still getting used to it but the result is great, big thanks to the team and Jon Baytos. "The lap came together at the end and there wasn’t much traffic, things were getting better by each lap. For the race, it would be nice to pull a gap and break away from the field, but that is easier said than done.”
Carbone will start on the outside of the front-row, having set the pace for most of the session.
“The car is just amazing,” commented Carbone, who logs his best-ever starting position as the run to the national championship begins. “The base setup was fast, and we’re making small changes to make it even better.”
Behind Erickson and Carbone on the front-row will be Canadian Remy Audette in an Audette Racing entry, having sat on pole at VIR last year, and Carbone’s Alegra teammate Fabio Orsolon. The 2007 F2000 Champion Cole Morgan, piloting a Greisiger Motorsports/K-Hill Motorsports entry, was fifth quickest, making it four different nationalities and four different teams in the top-five.
Rounding out the top-10 in the first qualifying session of 2010 were Liberty Motorsports' Tim Kautz, R-Sport's Jonathan Scarallo, GTP Motorsports' Tom Fatur, GTP Motorsports' Phil Lombardi and Ski Motorsports' Tim Minor.
Kautz was fastest of the Masters Class drivers, in his first F2000 qualifying run.
“We’re still learning here," stated Kautz. "I’ve only got about 30 laps in the car. The car is good and Liberty Motorsports is doing a great job, each time I go out the car gets a little faster.”
“It was a disappointing run to be honest," added Scarallo. "We left a lot of time out there and only got one clear lap. We have a great car for the race so it should make it a good show.”
Company Motorsport's Jesse Yorio, in the brand new Piper DF5C chassis qualified 11th. Work Racing's Chris Livengood, in the only Pinto-powered Van Diemen in the field, was 13th fastest.
“We threw the kitchen sink at the car last night,” commented Livengood, another rookie in the deep F2000 field. “The lap was pretty good but I got held up which cost me some time, it’s not bad since all the wheels are still on the car and we should be able to move up in the race.”
The session was relatively clean with one short black flag period for ZSports Midwest's Tim Walsh, who had a minor incident in turn one. Rob Nicholas, who was fastest in the first official practice of the weekend, also failed to complete a lap in the session.
The F2000 Championship Series racers return to action at 2:30 p.m. local time, with Round One taking place at VIRginia International Raceway.
The top-three will be posted following every session on the EFCN Facebook page as well as via twitter at https://twitter.com/EFCNInsider
F2000 Championship Series
Round #1 – Qualifying Results
April 10, 2010
VIRginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia
|1.||Daniel Erickson||Primus Racing||1:54.496|
|2.||Victor Carbone||Alegra Motorsports||1:54.840|
|3.||Remy Audette||Audette Racing||1:54.986|
|4.||Fabio Orsolon||Alegra Motorsports||1:55.154|
|5.||Cole Morgan||Greisiger Motorsports/K-Hill Motorsports||1:55.438|
|6.||Tim Kautz||Liberty Motorsports||1:55.655|
|8.||Tom Fatur (M)||GTP Motorsports||1:56.134|
|9.||Phil Lombardi (M)||GTP Motorsports||1:56.226|
|10.||Tim Minor (M)||Ski Motorsports||1:56.257|
|11.||Jesse Yorio||Company Motorsports||1:56.301|
|12.||Chris Gumprecht||St. Clair Motorsports||1:56.386|
|13.||Chris Livengood||Work Racing||1:56.423|
|14.||Dave Weitzenhof (M)||Weitzenhof Racing||1:57.046|
|15.||Brent Gilkes (M)||Lap 2 Racing||1:57.055|
|16.||Bobby Caldwell||Liberty Motorsports||1:57.068|
|17.||Al Giubord Jr.||ADSA/Wright Racing||1:57.199|
|18.||Bob Wright (M)||ADSA/Wright Racing||1:57.657|
|19.||Ardie Greenamyer (M)||AcceleRace Motorsports||1:58.435|
|20.||Jeff McCusker (M)||Company Motorsports||1:58.466|
|21.||Craig Clawson (M)||CraigsAutoSales Racing||1:58.687|
|22.||Billy McLaughlin||Greisiger Motorsports/K-Hill Motorsports||1:58.746|
|23.||Peter Gonzalez (M)||GTP Motorsports||1:58.873|
|24.||Mark Defer (M)||St. Clair Motorsports||1:59.625|
|25.||Bill Jordan (M)||St. Clair Motorsports||1:59.991|
|26.||Tim Paul||SMR Motorsports||2:00.200|
|27.||Charles Finelli (M)||Fat Boy Racing||2:00.342|
|28.||Paul Farmer (M)||GTP Motorsports||2:01.967|
|29.||Len Amato (M)||Fat Boy Racing||2:04.297|
|30.||Keith McCrone (M)||R-Sport||2:07.740|
|31.||Rob Nicholas (M)||Kevin Firlein Autosport||No-time|
|32.||Tim Walsh||ZSports Midwest||No-time|
|33.||Al Guibord Sr. (M)||ADSA/Wright Racing||No-time|