Luciano Gomide Dominates Mosport USF3 Race Mosport, Canada. June 24, 2001. Luciano Gomide (Eurointernational Dallara F300VW) knew going into Sunday's Round 2 USF3 Championship race, that if he made no mistakes, it was his race to lose. The ...
Luciano Gomide Dominates Mosport USF3 Race
Mosport, Canada. June 24, 2001. Luciano Gomide (Eurointernational Dallara F300VW) knew going into Sunday's Round 2 USF3 Championship race, that if he made no mistakes, it was his race to lose. The Brazilian would make no mistakes on his way to his second straight victory at the 2.459-mile Mosport Park, Ontario, Canada.
Starting from the pole, Gomide leaped in front into the first turn and never relinquished the lead, despite being constantly hounded by his teammate, John C. Antonino (Eurointernational Dallara F301 VW), who was competing in only his second F3 race. The Eurointernational duo distanced themselves from the rest of the field and went on to finish just under one minute ahead of the third place car of B.J. Zacharias (Olsen Engineering Dallara F301 VW).
"We were in control of the race from the beginning , and we knew we could step up the pace any time we wanted" said race winner Gomide, "The car has been just perfect, as always, and Johnny pushing very hard behind me for the first half of the race. After his two small mistakes, I was cruising to the end". Gomide's win extended his incredible streak of nine wins in a row in USF3. The streak began with Gomide's double win at Quebec City on August 2000.
Antonino finished only 5.230 seconds astern of Gomide and was happy with his result, "The new engine on the car made my race more close to Luciano, but when I was close to him I made two small mistakes, and he was just flying today."
Zacharias completed the podium with a consistent performance. "I could do nothing against the Eurointernational duo," said B.J., " I don't have enough miles to compete with them yet but the new Dallara was great and I am really happy to have finished third at my debut. Thanks again to Bertil Sollenskog for giving me this opportunity."
The race was full of mechanical problems for Green, Cardoso, Thompson and Pickering while Brook finished fourth, one lap down, followed by Herder and Yamamoto.