Skerlong undefeated at Fontana following weekend double Mukilteo, Washington (July 18, 2006) - Carl Skerlong sealed his fourth double-winning weekend of the season on Sunday, 16th July, as he swept to victory lane in Rounds 11 and 12 of...
Skerlong undefeated at Fontana following weekend double
Mukilteo, Washington (July 18, 2006) - Carl Skerlong sealed his fourth double-winning weekend of the season on Sunday, 16th July, as he swept to victory lane in Rounds 11 and 12 of the Formula TR Pro Series 2000 class at the California Speedway. Skerlong, having tasted victory in Rounds 1 and 2 in Fontana back in March, collected wins number nine and ten of the season to remain undefeated on the 2.8-mile road course.
Having traded wins over the past four races with Knudsen Racing's Dominic Scheer, Carl headed into the weekend, and the second half of the season, looking to stamp his authority on proceedings and he failed to disappoint. The Washington teenager snatched the lead from pole-sitter John Knudsen on the opening lap of Round 11 and raced his way to another victory ahead of Knudsen and series returnee Dino Bruno. With soaring temperatures greeting the field, Skerlong was happy to take the first win of the day so comprehensively without having to battle the heat and the competition.
With his title-rival Dominic Scheer absent and double-points now being awarded through to the end of the season, Carl's first win increased his lead in the championship chase and he was soon to extend it even further with his second on a busy Sunday with qualifying and both the races held in the one day.
Carl captured pole position for the second race courtesy of setting the fastest lap in the first event. An early exchange of the lead with John Knudsen proved to be the only excitement for the reigning Formula TR 1600 Champion as he safeguarded P1 for himself by the end of the first lap and led all the way to the checkered, Skerlong yet to finish off the podium in 12 starts this season. Round 12's top-three was a carbon copy of Round 11 with John Knudsen again finishing second behind Carl, and passing his absent team-mate for second in the standings in the process, with Dino Bruno rounding off the celebrations.
Commenting on another commanding performance Carl said:
"I'm pleased to get back to picking up both victories from a race meeting following a couple of blips at the last rounds in Utah and Nevada. It was a compact schedule today but we knuckled down and got on with the job. I had a brief battle with John in the second race but in the end it was a fairly straightforward win and overall a very satisfying weekend."
Rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula TR 2000 Series are hosted at the Portland International Raceway in Oregon, 22nd-23rd July - www.formulatr.com