NA-F2000: Mosport Peter Walsh gets rookie win in race one

BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can. (May 21, 2000)-- Rookie sensation Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland, captured his first-ever U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win at Mosport International Raceway. Aaron Justus, of Crestline,...

BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can. (May 21, 2000)-- Rookie sensation Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland, captured his first-ever U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win at Mosport International Raceway. Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., and James Hanson, of Leeds, England, Nev. rounded out the top three. Walsh, driving the No. 44 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, got off to a good start slotting in behind the polesitter, Justus. The gap fluctuated until a lap three yellow bunched the field back up. On the lap six restart, Justus held off a determined Walsh in turn one. The top-three remained unchanged until lap 17 when Walsh got a great jump out of turn five onto the long back straight. Walsh and Justus drag raced up the straight, with Walsh taking the lead in turn eight. On the last lap Walsh ran into lapped traffic on the straight, but managed to hold onto a 0.472-second victory. "I'm just elated over the win," said Walsh, the 2000 Irish Driver of the Year. "It was a very difficult race. As I was trying to look for a way to get past Justus, I had to hold off a hard charging James (Hanson) from getting past me. In the end, I was able to get past Aaron the straight and somehow make it through lapped traffic on the last lap." Driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, Justus looked to be in control of the race early on. On lap 17, Justus was unable to engage third gear going into turn three. Walsh closed up and made it past in turn eight. Justus looked to be in position to return the favor on the last lap, but ran into lapped traffic. The second place finish returns Justus to the points lead with 76 points. "I would've loved to win, but leaving Mosport with the points lead is the important thing," said Justus. "I think I had a real shot at getting the lead back on the last lap, but got caught out by lapped traffic." Driving the No. 21 Dupont Van Diemen Ford, Hanson captured his first-ever podium finish. Hanson pressured Walsh early in the race, but never found a way by. The remainder of the race was rather uneventful for Hanson. "I gave Peter (Walsh) a couple good looks early, but he never made any mistakes," said Hanson. Rounding out the top five was local drivers James Eaton, of Toronto, Ont., and Billy Asaro, of Unionville, Ont.

-SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Aaron Justus , Billy Asaro