Skerlong picks up win number 12 at Thunderhill Mukilteo, Washington (August 15, 2006) -- The Formula TR 2000 Series headed to Thunderhill Park Raceway, California last weekend, 12th-13th August, for Rounds 15 and 16 and it proved to be...
Skerlong picks up win number 12 at Thunderhill
Mukilteo, Washington (August 15, 2006) -- The Formula TR 2000 Series headed to Thunderhill Park Raceway, California last weekend, 12th-13th August, for Rounds 15 and 16 and it proved to be another successful outing for championship aspirant Carl Skerlong.
The Odyssey Motorsports racer claimed his 12th win of the season behind the wheel of the #14 Formula Renault 2.0 in Round 15 and kept his string of podium finishes intact with a second place effort in Round 16 marking 15 podium appearances in 15 starts. To compound his championship lead the 17-year-old bagged the bonus points for pole position and fastest race lap in both races to take his advantage over John Knudsen in second place to a sizeable 102 points with four races remaining.
Carl kicked off Saturday's timetable capturing pole position for Round 15 with a flying lap of 1m45.872s round the 3-mile, 15-turn Willows-based race track. The race itself was another showcase performance from Skerlong as he blitzed fellow front-row starter Dustin Welch at the green flag and enjoyed a trouble-free run to the checkered 17-laps later ahead of Knudsen in second and Welch in third.
Round 16 on Sunday again saw Carl start from pole but an early spin dropped him down to third. On the attack to regain the race lead Skerlong clashed with Dustin Welch charging up the inside line, the Washington teenager successfully carrying on while the #20 Welch Racing entry was done for the day -- Skerlong subsequently taking a 10-point penalty handed down from the race stewards for avoidable contact.
Despite this he raced on to take second place behind eventual winner John Knudsen, who started the race from the pits, to maintain his quest for back-to-back Formula TR Pro Series titles having won the 1600 Class last season.
Reflecting on another successful outing Carl stated:
"It was a fun weekend at Thunderhill. Saturday's race was fairly straightforward to be honest, everything clicked for the win. Sunday was more eventful with the spin and contact with Dustin but we kept the podium streak going to maintain the title charge with four to go!"
Rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula TR 2000 Series are hosted at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, California, 16th-17th September -- www.formulatr.com