TR-USA: Fontana rounds seven, eight summary

Two Races, Two classes, Four Different Winners Fontana, CA -- California Speedways infield road course was the site for rounds 7 and 8 of the 20 rounds of the 2007 Formula TR PRO Championship Series where there was a different winner in each...

Two Races, Two classes, Four Different Winners

Fontana, CA -- California Speedways infield road course was the site for rounds 7 and 8 of the 20 rounds of the 2007 Formula TR PRO Championship Series where there was a different winner in each class in each race, four different winners.

Round 7 found John Knudsen, #7 Knudsen Racing, on the poll for the two liter cars and Ryan Booth, #4 Knudsen Racing, on the 1600 poll. With a picture perfect split start the 2000's only position change in the top four was when Luis Martinez Jr., #3 Position One Motorsports, retired early with a mechanical failure. The 1600's continuing battle between Ryan Booth and Sergio Pena, #58 JP Motorsports, waged on in this round of the series with Sergio prevailing at the checkered flag.

Kristen Braun, #70 Kimball Williams Racing, and Kerstin Smutny, #35 Paladin Motorsports, raced each other hard again with Braun finishing in third. Josh Goshen, #83 Goshen Racing, finished in fifth and Felice Snider, #85 JP Motorsports, suffering an early mechanical failure.

In Round 8 qualifying was a repeat of the previous day with John Knudsen taking the 2 liter poll and Ryan Booth again on the 1600 poll. The race became very interesting when Knudsen spun on the third lap and fell to the back of the entire field. Knudsen began his charge back to the front immediately. His progress was hindered when Pena and Booth who were dicing for the lead of the 1600's had contact that resulted in both cars unable to move and bringing out the pace car for several laps.

When the green flag came out again Pena had retired while Booth was able to continue. By now Knudsen had made his way through the 1600 field and was half way through the 2 liter cars and Booth was mounting his charge to regain position too. Booth attempted a pass on Kerstin Smutny at the exit of turn 11 when his left rear tire contacted the right front of Kerstin causing her to veer off the racing surface where the left front tire dug into dirt and sent the car into a triple roll. Kerstin was uninjured; the Formula Renault 2000 and 1600 provide an incredible survival cell to protect the driver in such incidents and the series requires all drivers use a head and neck restraint system to provide the driver with maximum protection. The race finished under yellow behind the pace car.

After the stewards review of the race events the 2 liter race results stood with Bill Goshen, #82 Goshen Racing, in first place, Liam Kenny, #95 Liam Kenny Racing, in second and Christian Franck, #16 Knudsen Racing, in third. Felice Snider, #85 JP Motorsports, was first in the 1600's, Joshua Goshen, #83 Goshen Racing, scored second and Kerstin Smutny finished third after Ryan Booth was penalized by the stewards for avoidable contact.

Two races, two classes, four different winners, John Knudsen, Sergio Pena, Bill Goshen and Felice Snider in a weekend that started slowly and ended in a crescendo of action. The first half of the series will be completed next weekend, June 9-10, at Buttonwillow Raceway with rounds 9 and 10. The season championships are close and with double points races at the end of the season anyone could prevail.

-ftr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Sergio Pena , John Knudsen , Christian Franck , Luis Martinez Jr. , Ryan Booth
Teams Williams