NA-F2000: Series VIR qualifying race one notes

Canadian Remy Audette lowered the track recod by three tenths of a second. Alton, VA -- Remy Audette took pole for today's race at VIR in dominating fashion under very overcast skies with a lap of 1:54.708, breaking the previous F2000 qualifying...

Canadian Remy Audette lowered the track recod by three tenths of a second.

Alton, VA -- Remy Audette took pole for today's race at VIR in dominating fashion under very overcast skies with a lap of 1:54.708, breaking the previous F2000 qualifying track record of 1:55.067. The Canadian out of Quebec had the field gapped by more than half a second, as Chris Miller could only manage a 1:55.307, which will put him next to Audette on the front row for this afternoon's 2:30pm start.

Audette, driving the #21 for Audette Racing, turned three laps under the track record all within a tenth of a second of one of another, "It was a good run. We did a lot of laps with very good times. The car was very good. It's going to be a good race, now we'll just have to see if it rains or not," Audette commented after the session.

Chris Miller, who paced yesterday's session in the JDC Motorsports Van Diemen couldn't match the 1:54.532 he turned in practice, "We had the pace but I just couldn't put a lap down," said Miller. "We lost radio contact so I couldn't talk to the team about changes. But we are starting on the front row so it should be a good race"

Matthew Inge was able to put the #02 St. Clair Motorports entry third on the grid. "The track didn't have as much grip as yesterday. Chris Miller and I were running together. There was a car off here and there. It was hard to get a clear lap with the cautions and the traffic," explained Inge. "But Chris and I were able to put together a good lap right at the end of the session"

Jesse Yorio proved yesterday was no fluke with his Piper Chassis. Yorio commented, "The car is running great. I just wish I had a draft or something on that lap. We were all alone on the track. We also finally got the correct map on the ECU."

Z-Sports driver Benjamin Searcy continued to show impressive speed in his first F2000 event, rounding out the top five with a lap of1:55.725.

2008 Masters champion Tim Minor was the first of the Masters class drivers, clocking in at 1:55.751 for sixth on the grid. "It went very well," said Minor. "We had an engine miss yesterday and last night we found the problem. Turns out the old fuel cell had clogged everything including the injectors. I only did six laps as we were on scrub tires so I have to save them for the race. Hopefully it doesn't rain."

The race gets underway at 2:30pm eastern time.

-credit: www.F2000ChampionshipSeries.com

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Benjamin Searcy , Remy Audette , Matthew Inge , Chris Miller