TR 2.0/1.6: Thunderhill doubleheader preview

Formula TR Pro Series storms to Thunderhill Park Anaheim, California (August 09, 2006) - Following an eventful double-header sharing the support bill to the American Le Mans Series in Portland last month, the Formula TR Pro Series ...

Formula TR Pro Series storms to Thunderhill Park

Anaheim, California (August 09, 2006) - Following an eventful double-header sharing the support bill to the American Le Mans Series in Portland last month, the Formula TR Pro Series returns to California this weekend, Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th August, to compete at the 3-mile, 15-turn Thunderhill Park Raceway in Willows.

2000 Class

Despite his absence from Round 13 at Portland, series leader Carl Skerlong comfortably holds top spot in the chase for championship honors. Last season's Formula TR 1600 Champion is seeking back-to-back titles and his step up to the 2000 class has seen the 17-year-old dominate from the opening round back in March. Heading to Thunderhill Park Carl holds a commanding 96-point lead over second placed John Knudsen.

The highlight of Knudsen's season to-date came at Portland when he finally ascended to the top step of the podium with a triumph over his team-mate Dominic Scheer in Round 13. The owner-driver capitalized on Skerlong's absence to dominate in his own right capturing pole, the win and fastest race lap for a clean sweep of the points. Normal order was restored the following day however when Skerlong's #14 Odyssey Motorsports entry returned in Round 14 and duly claimed win number 11.

CT Motorsport's Brett MacDonald boosted his chances of a top-three championship finish by finishing on the podium in both Rounds 13 and 14. Having failed to record a top-three finish in four starts Portland marked a welcome return to form for MacDonald as he guns down two-time winner Dominic Scheer's third place holding in the standings, the gap sitting at just 47 heading into Thunderhill Park.

Welch Racing's Derek DeBoer also deserves credit for a superb display last time out, returning to competition following a two round layoff with a pair of top-five finishes including his podium debut placing third behind Skerlong and MacDonald in Round 14.

Formula TR 2000 Points Standings after Round 14: 1st Carl Skerlong (603), 2nd John Knudsen (507), 3rd Dominic Scheer (438), 4th Bret MacDonald (391), 5th Bob Siska (292), 6th Paul Mashouf (238), 7th Dustin Welch (219), 8th Derek DeBoer (196), 9th Dino Bruno (138), 10th Adam Davis (124)

1600 Class

Despite their respective Portland triumphs, Luis Martinez Jr. and Alexander Rossi couldn't shake off the ultra-consistent Parker Kligerman and the Paladin Motorsport racer's brace of second place finishes ensured he remains firmly planted at the top of the driver standings with a mammoth 181 point lead with just six races remaining. Yet to finish off the podium in 14 starts, Kligerman will be keen to return to the top step this time round to build on his current record of nine wins.

Martinez Jr.'s Round 13 triumph and his third place effort in Round 14 last time out allowed him to move up to second in the title chase just five points clear of Billy Goshen in third, Goshen aiming to return to the podium for the first time in six starts when the green flag waves on Saturday.

Liam Kenney, with six podium finishes to his credit this season, has Alexander Rossi's fourth place standing firmly in his sights as he arrives at Thunderhill just 19 points behind. His third place finish in Round 13 proved to be a real shot in the arm following a series of mid-season mechanical set-backs, Kenney capping his Portland weekend with another top- five finish in Round 14.

Odyssey Motorsports Tayler Malsam completes the top-six in the point standings heading into this weekend's event at Thunderhill Park. Malsam, absent from the previous races, turned in a podium performance back in Round 9 in Nevada, the first of his rookie 1600 season.

Formula TR 1600 Points Standings after Round 14: 1st Parker Kligerman (646), 2nd Luis Martinez Jr. (465), 3rd Billy Goshen (460), 4th Alexander Rossi (409), 5th Liam Kenney (390), 6th Tayler Malsam (324), 7th Kerry Lynch (324), 8th Kerstin Smutny (279), 9th Cam Grisdale (240), 10th Tony Welch (98), 11th George Latus (64)

Round 15 takes place at the Thunderhill Park Raceway on Saturday, 12th August, with Round 16 held the following day, Sunday 13th August - www.thunderhill.com

The Formula TR Pro Series offers drivers the chance to compete in Formula Renault 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre open-wheel race cars over a 20-race season comprised of 10 double-header weekends from March-October 2006. Circuits visited include California Speedway, Miller Motorsports Park, Buttonwillow Raceway Park and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

-credit: www.formulatr.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Bob Siska , John Knudsen , Carl Skerlong , Brett MacDonald , Derek DeBoer , Alexander Rossi , Liam Kenney , Billy Goshen , Luis Martinez Jr. , Parker Kligerman