TR-USA: Buttonwillow rounds nine, 10 summary

Formula TR PRO 2007 Championship at the half way point Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2007 Formula TR PRO Championship in the 1600 Series and the 2000 Series were conducted at Buttonwillow Raceway Park over the June 9-10 weekend. The weather was ...

Formula TR PRO 2007 Championship at the half way point

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2007 Formula TR PRO Championship in the 1600 Series and the 2000 Series were conducted at Buttonwillow Raceway Park over the June 9-10 weekend. The weather was outstanding albeit warm, perhaps preparing the drivers and crew for the challenges of hot weather that is in store for the last half of the championship season. Round 9 qualifying saw Sergio Pena, #58 JP Motorsports, on the pole of the 1600 class which had fewer entries this weekend due to the school year ending. Luis Martinez, Jr., #3 Position One Motorsports, bested the 2000 class by half a second on the three mile circuit.

The race was well run with the competitors in both classes well aware of the passing constraints enforced by the technical nature of the track. Liam Kenney, #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports, overtook, after eight laps of the 16 laps race, Luis Martinez after leaping from fourth to second on the first lap. John Knudsen, #7 Knudsen, Knudsen Racing, ran a steady pace starting and finishing in third in the 2000 class.

In the 1600 class Kristen Braun, #70 Kimball Williams Racing, jumped to the front on the first lap with the pole sitter Sergio Pena slipping to third behind Ryan Booth, #4 Knudsen Racing. Pena regained the lead by the end of the second lap and the three finished in that order. Round 10 qualifying for the 1600 class found Ryan Booth, #4 Knudsen Racing, on the pole with almost a one and a half second improvement over his Round 9 qualifying times. Luis Martinez Jr. again topped the 2000 class to secure the poll for the start of Round 10.

The 1600 class in Round 10 saw Joshua Goshen, #83 Goshen Racing, slip from second to fourth and Sergio Pena, #58 JP Motorsports, jump from fourth to second with Kristen Braun, #70 Kimball Williams Racing, running a consistent third and Ryan Booth, #4 Knudsen Racing, start and finish at the head of the class. The 2000 class was lead from poll to poll by Luis Martinez Jr. in his #3 Position One Motorsports entry. Behind him John Knudsen, #7 Knudsen Racing, was running a strong second with Bill Goshen, #82 Goshen Racing, in third and Liam Kenney, #95 Liam Kenney Motorsports.

All were trying hard to make passing opportunities for themselves when Knudsen made an error and left the track briefly allowing Goshen into second. Kenney was capitalizing on Knudsen's error as Knudsen returned to the racing surface and a contact occurred with Kenney suffering damage and Knudsen slipping into third position.

The race finished Martinez Jr., first, Goshen, second, and Knudsen third. With the first half of the 2007 Championship season complete the top five in each class are: 1600 – Pena (301); Booth (281); J. Goshen (225); Snider (186) and K. Braun (156) 2000 – Knudsen (281); B. Goshen (261); Martinez Jr. (237); Kenney (221) and Franck (217)

The second half of the season kicks off at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on July 13-14 with Rounds 11 and 12. This event will be in conjunction with the NASCAR Grand National West race being conducted on the outside loop configuration of the 4.5 mile road course.

-credit: tr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Sergio Pena , John Knudsen , Liam Kenney , Ryan Booth
Teams Williams