F2000: Carbone Wins at Lime Rock from Pole Lakeville, CT -- Victor Carbone bounced back from his first DNF of the year in race one earlier today to take a commanding victory in the second and final F2000 race of the weekend...
F2000: Carbone Wins at Lime Rock from Pole
Lakeville, CT -- Victor Carbone bounced back from his first DNF of the year in race one earlier today to take a commanding victory in the second and final F2000 race of the weekend at Lime Rock. Alegra Motorsports' Carbone dominated round ten of the season, leading from pole to further extend his points lead over Cole Morgan, who won the first round at Lime Rock this morning. One very-hard chagrining Daniel Erickson finished second after starting a distant 14th in an amazing drive. Phil Lombardi rounded off the podium with the Masters Class win.
It was Carbone's fifth win of the season and first since Mosport.
"This is a huge weight off my shoulders, especially due to the DNF this morning," said Carbone. "I need to thank my Alegra crew because they had to put the car back together and did a great job all weekend."
Daniel Erickson finished second, putting on quite the show for the Lime Rock fans from his 14th place starting position. The Australian rookie commented that the car "was on fire" and went onto say: "We moved up during the race and eventually moved into second but the tires fell off at the end so I was just holding position, especially with all the lapped cars that were getting in the way."
Phil Lombardi made it his second Masters Class win of the day and second third place finish of the day in his GTP Motorsports Van Diemen. "The car was great, so props to the GTP Motorsports guys," Lombardi commented. "The traffic today was no heads up, I even had contact with one of the backmarkers."
Fabio Orsolon, also recovering from a DNF in his Alegra Motorsports entry in the morning race, finished fourth ahead of Tim Minor -- who makes it two top fives in one day.
Jonathan Scarallo came home in sixth with Stevan McAleer, Felix Serralles, Cole Morgan and Bobby Caldwell rounding out the top ten.
For Morgan, it was an exciting day. The 2007 F2000 Champion took home the win in the first race, but could only muster a ninth place effort as he lost the brakes on his K-Hill Motorsports Van Diemen on lap one after contact with Jonathan Scarallo.
"I got into Jonathan in the first time and it shifted the crush box, snapping the reservoirs for the brake fluid," said Morgan. "The rest of the race was done without brakes, which was sort of exciting."
Chris Livengood missed the race after his Work Racing team found water in three of four cylinders on their Zetec motor. Tim Paul also missed the race after extensive crash damage in the first race earlier today. Jesse Yorio didn't see the green flag following mechanical issues and Charles Finelli turned over the #83 entry to Brendan Puderbach for the second race of the day.
The CellMark Paper Hard Charger award went to Masters Class driver Keith McCrone, who recovered from a 28th place starting position to finish 13th.
The F2000 action continues in two weeks time at Road America with rounds 11 and 12 of the 2010 season, August 6-8.
-source: f2000 championship