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2007 Formula TR PRO Series Underway March 11, 2007 - California Speedway The 2007 Formula TR PRO Series is underway having completed its first two rounds of the 20 rounds in the Formula Renault 1600 and Formula Renault 2000 Championships for ...

2007 Formula TR PRO Series Underway

March 11, 2007 - California Speedway The 2007 Formula TR PRO Series is underway having completed its first two rounds of the 20 rounds in the Formula Renault 1600 and Formula Renault 2000 Championships for 2007.

With three different winners in the championships this is shaping up to be a very competitive season. Round 1 Recap The fifteen cars (9 Formula Renault 2000's and 6 Formula Renault 1600's) took the green flag with the Formula Renault 2000's at the front and the Formula Renault 1600's behind to open the 2007 Formula TR PRO Series 20 race competition for the championships in the two respective classes.

One Formula Renault 2000 missed the grid due to a last moment safety equipment problem. The Formula Renault 2000's quickly fanned out going into the highly banked turn one with John Knudsen in his Knudsen Racing #7 capitalizing on his poll position and taking the lead for the Formula Renault 2000's. The Formula Renault 1600 field displayed no advantage for any car as they heading into the banking of turn one in perfect grid order, side by side and evenly spaced with Ryan Booth in his Knudsen Racing #4 at the head of the field from his poll position. The battle for the lead in the Formula Renault 2000's was close with John Knudsen's #7 keeping a slight advantage over Bill Goshen in his Goshen Racing #82. On lap 7 Goshen was able to take the lead. Just three laps later Liam Kenny in his Liam Kenny Motorsports #95 who had been running a strong third attempted to pass both Knudsen who was in second and Goshen who was in third with unfortunate results for both Kenny and Goshen, sidelining them for the remainder of the race. Knudsen was back in the lead and broke his long string of second place finishes to take the stop step of the podium. Second was claimed by Luis Martinez Jr in his Position One Motorsports #3 while third belonged to Dino Bruno in his Team Bruno #33. The Formula Renault 1600 drivers had their own battle with Ryan Booth holding the lead for the first lap with second fastest qualifier Sergio Pena in his JP Motorsports #58 taking the lead on lap two. These two watched each other closely and then on lap 6 Pena took the lead.

Ryan retook the lead the following lap but lost control during spinning and handing the lead back to Pena. Felice Snider in his JP Racing #85 who had been watching from his third place position leapt into second and Carlos Munoz in his JP Motorsports #73 moved to third. Carlos moved ahead of his teammate Felice on the next lap but slipped back on the following lap.

The three JP Motorsports entries swept the podium Pena first, Snider second and Munoz in third. Round 2 Recap The Formula Renault 2000's again led the formation for Round 2. Bill Goshen in his Goshen Racing #82 captured the poll for this race with John Knudsen's Knudsen Racing #7 second and Luis Martinez's Position One Motorsports #3 in third.

The Formula Renault 1600 field was paced by Sergio Pena in his JP Motorsports #58 with Round 1 pole sitter Ryan Booth in second and the youngest driver in the field, 13 year old Josh Goshen, in third. Bill Goshen was focused and kept the #82 in the lead for the entire 14 laps of green flag racing. John Knudsen slipped two positions on the first lap with Luis Martinez Jr in his Position One Motorsports #3 moving to second and Christian Franck's Knudsen Racing #16 moving to third. Knudsen did not stay back for long, taking third on the next lap and second on the one following.

The positions did not change for the remaining laps of the race with Bill Goshen's Goshen Racing #82 finishing first, John Knudsen's Knudsen Racing #7 in its customer second place and Luis Martinez Jr's Position One Motorsports #3 in third.

The Formula Renault 1600 Round 2 race found Sergio Pena's #58 JP Motorsports entry on the pole with Ryan Booth's Knudsen Racing #4 in second and Felice Snider in his JP Motorsports #85 third on the starting grid. Pena was in command for the entire race. He simply ran away from the field with Booth maintaining his second place position well clear of the field as well.

Carlos Munoz's JP Motorsports #73 got the jump on his teammate Felice Snider at the start claiming third, however on lap 9 he suffered a mechanical failure. A very tight battle was waged between Josh Goshen's #83 Goshen Racing entry and Felice Snider's #85 with Goshen taking fourth on lap 7 and moving to third with Munoz retirement in lap 9. At the checkered flag Snider attempted to pass Goshen at the start finish line by going below the white line signaling the edge of the track. The pass was disallowed by the officials and the final results had Sergio Pena at the top of the podium for a sweep of the weekend; Ryan Booth in second and 13 year old Josh Goshen in third.

Up next for the Formula TR PRO Series are Rounds 3 & 4 just a week later, March 17 and 18, back at California Speedway.

-credit: www.FormulaTR.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Sergio Pena , John Knudsen , Christian Franck , Carlos Munoz , Ryan Booth