NA 1600: Carrio and Sabol take Las Vegas finale

Andretti wins Formula TR Championship By 14 year old Travis Braun Adrian Carrio and Derek Sabol both got a taste of victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's road course on November sixth and seventh. Marco Andretti wrapped up the 1600...

Andretti wins Formula TR Championship

By 14 year old Travis Braun

Adrian Carrio and Derek Sabol both got a taste of victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's road course on November sixth and seventh. Marco Andretti wrapped up the 1600 championship on Saturday and then dominated the 2 liter class on Sunday with John Knudsen taking Saturday's 2 liter race.

Saturday's event started with pole sitter Mario Moraes leading the pack until lap three when a mistake by Moraes handed the lead over to Sabol, driving for Knudsen Racing. One lap later, after Andretti worked his way by Sabol, Carrio tapped Sabol spinning him around. This left Andretti to lead Carrio until Lucadi Cienzo, driving in a 2 liter, passed both of them going into turn one causing Andretti to drop four wheels off the track. Carrio went on to take the victory with Andretti second, claiming the championship, and Moraes in third.

"Sabol broke three car lengths early and I kind of got him sideways," Carrio said. He later commented on losing the championship. "To win the championship you need a lot of pieces. I'm happy because I improved my driving a lot this year."

"I lost the down force on the front and went wide to avoid Cienzo," Andretti explained. "Winning the championship feels great. If I wouldn't have missed some of the races I could have wrapped it up sooner."

"I just made a mistake and dropped back to tenth," Moraes said. "The car was fast and I was fast."

Before the start of Sunday's event John Knudsen and Mario Moraes collected, their races over. After the green, pole sitter Robert Bunker, driving for Speed Secrets, led Carrio until a mistake in turn fourteen put him back to third. This left Carrio and Sabol to swap positions. On the last lap Sabol made the final pass going on for his first Formula TR victory with Carrio second and Bunker in third.

"Carrio tried to get me on the inside after I passed him in turn ten but I was able to hold it," Sabol smiled. "It was a great race and a good way to end the year."

"Sabol is a very cautious driver so he wasn't blocking me or anything," Carrio said. "If I had one more lap I could have got Sabol because I was getting a good run off turn fifteen."

"I dropped all four wheels off in turn fourteen," Bunker told after the race. "It was a fantastic run though, other than that."

At the awards banquet Andretti was crowned 1600 champion, with Carrio second, and Sabol third. Colin Braun also took home the 2 liter title with Knudsen in second.

-www.tracc5.com/travis_braun.htm

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Colin Braun , Marco Andretti , Robert Bunker , John Knudsen , Adrian Carrio , Travis Braun , Derek Sabol , Mario Moraes