Skip Barber National: Lyons Dominates Lime Rock Weekend Round 7 Isaac Lyons started off the Memorial Day weekend in a dominating fashion, grabbing the pole for round seven and leading almost every lap for the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber ...
Skip Barber National: Lyons Dominates Lime Rock Weekend
Isaac Lyons started off the Memorial Day weekend in a dominating fashion, grabbing the pole for round seven and leading almost every lap for the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda at Lime Rock Park. As the field took the green, outside pole sitter Nick Andries immediately challenged for the lead going around the outside of Lyons in turns one and two take the point. Andreas was quickly able to stretch out a car length lead over Lyons and P3 starter Dennis Trebing as the field settled in on lap one.
By the start of lap two a heavy battle for top position had commenced as Lyons gained ground and overcame Andries, and for the rest of the lap, the lead seemed to change at every turn. At the end of the lap three, Lyons had a firm grip on the lead and immediately started to create a gap between himself and the rest of the field. At the start of lap five Trebing made a move up the inside of Andries for the second position but Andries was un-willing to relinquish the spot and ran side by side with Trebing through turns one, two and three. The battle for P2 was all Lyons needed to see as he was immediately able to build up a commanding lead. Andries, Trebing, Felix Serralles and Ashley Freiberg managed to separate themselves from the rest of the field. The lead group was soon a pack of six as points leader Spencer Pigot and rookie Trent Hindman joined the fray.
With Lyons drawing away, positions two through seven were hotly contested for the rest of the race. Trebing and Andries would trade the second spot for nine laps, neither willing to be content in P3. Pigot, who started P6, had methodically worked his way through the lead group and was up to P3 by the half point. The lead group of six cars continued to battle tooth and nail as Lyons was able to stretch out his lead. In lap 23 Pigot was able to take control of second place over Andries with Ashley Freiberg, who had set a new track record mid race with a time of 56.978, moving into fourth over Trebing. The top five would remain the same for the final three circuits as no one was able to make a move at the checkered. Lyons would go on to take the victory by a margin of just under three seconds.
Quote from race winner Isaac Lyons, "Basically, I started on pole and just had the plan to try and lead the race as much as possible. Hopefully, I could do it long enough where people started to battle behind, and it was a great plan, and fortunately worked. I pushed and had nearly perfect laps, got off into the lead and carried it to the checkered flag."
Immediately into qualifying for round eight, Lyons started strong and set the fastest time. However, other drivers, mainly Trent Hindman were not so eager to sit back and let him qualify P1. Hindman quickly set down a couple fast laps, and a several minute caution threatened anyone else's chances of qualifying. Once the track was cleared to run, the cars went back out, and ultimately, Lyons earned the lead starting position, followed by Hindman and Dennis Trebing.
Although Isaac Lyons technically led every lap, he was by no means the only race leader. Within the first lap, Lyons gained a two car lead, but Trebing worked his way up and made a pass on the outside of Lyons to
As the green flag waved the top four settled into a single file line through turn one with Lyons at the point, Trebing P2, Pigot P3 and Hindman falling back to P4 from second on the grid while the rest of the pack was two by two from P5 on back. The top three were able to pull out a small gap on lap one as the battle for P4 raged on between Hindman, Scott Heckert and Ashley Freiberg. Freiberg was able to take over P4 as Heckert dropped two tires on the outside of one on lap four. The lead trio of Lyons, Pigot and Trebing continued to battle which allowed Freiberg and Hindman to close making it a five car race for the lead just before the halfway point.
On lap fourteen Freiberg made a move up the inside of Pigot for the second spot into turn one. The Illinois resident just got in a little too hot and turned it around at the apex of one luckily being missed by a closely following field. The spin allowed Lyons to grow his lead to a four car length lead with Trebing second, Pigot third and Hindman fourth. Not wanting a repeat of race one, Trebing, Pigot and Hindman stayed in line and were able to track down the leader in a few laps once again making it a four car battle for the lead.
As the white flag waived it was Lyons out front with Pigot second and Trebing third, the lead trio had gapped the rookie Hindman and were battling for the lead on their own. Lyons was able to maintain the lead into one but Pigot was not about to let the lead go that easy. Pigot made a bold move up the inside of three that surprised both Lyons and the crowd in turn three to take the lead. Lyons was able to keep his head down and reeled Pigot back in as they came through the final corner. Lyons had the run out of the downhill and was able to take the victory at the line by only .02 of a second over Pigot with Trebing holding down third. Rookie Trent Hindman capped off a solid first national weekend by taking fourth with fellow rookie Scott Heckert bringing home the fifth spot.
Third place, Dennis Trebing, "It was a great race between Spencer, Isaac and I. It depended on who had the draft and who could make it work going into turn one, and who felt like taking the risk. I didn't feel like taking the risk, but I had to make my point that I could run up front."
Second place, Spencer Pigot, "I knew I had to pass somewhere so I dove inside to three, and I was able to get the lead on Isaac, and down the back straightaway I saw Isaac and Dennis fighting, and thought I'd maybe get a big enough lead, but Isaac got the draft and got me right at the line."
First place finisher, Isaac Lyons, "I was ecstatic. I thought it was amazing. It was a really tough race. I got a little bit of a gap on the start, the other guys started working together and caught back up. The guys used the leap frog strategy and it seemed to work for them. It was tough from then on."
-source: Skip Barber Racing