Formula TR PRO Series Rounds 3 & 4 The second of ten weekends of the 2007 Formula TR PRO Series is complete with four of the twenty rounds of competition in the record books. Only a week after the series last visit to California Speedway the ...
Formula TR PRO Series Rounds 3 & 4
The second of ten weekends of the 2007
Formula TR PRO Series is complete with four of the twenty rounds of competition in the record books. Only a week after the series last visit to California Speedway the drivers were still fresh and anxious to improve there times on the road course which includes a large section of the oval. Friday March 16 was a test day with the cars taking to the track for a total of 5 sessions. Almost all the cars took to the track for each session.
Unfortunately, Kerstin Smutny in her #2, Position One Motorsports Formula Renault 1600 suffered a devastating gearbox failure that forced her to withdraw from the weekend's competition. Round 3 Update The Formula Renault 1600's fielded 6 cars and despite the withdrawal of Kerstin Smutny there was one young lady driver, Christine Braun who joined the series in her Kimball Williams Racing #55. Ryan Booth #4 Knudsen Racing, served notice taking the Formula Renault 1600 poll three tenths faster than his previous best just a week earlier.
John Knudsen took the Formula Renault 2000 poll in his #7 Knudsen Racing entry a full second faster than his best time of the previous weekend. The Formula 2000 race saw the front of the field, John Knudsen's #7, Bill Goshen's, Goshen Racing #82 and Luis Martinez Jr's, Position One Motorsports #3 maintain there respective starting positions for the entire 13 lap race. Liam Kenny #95 Liam Kenny Racing entry was in fourth for 11 laps but suffered a suspension failure and was not running at the finish. The action took place between Christian Franck, #16 Knudsen Racing, Dino Bruno, #33 Team Bruno, Bob Siska, #15 RJS Racing and Jim Booth, #5 Knudsen Racing with them all shuffling positions for the first two laps and then doing it again in lap 10. At the end John Knudsen crossed the finish line first followed by Bill Goshen with Luis Martinez Jr. in third.
The Formula Renault 1600 race saw position changes throughout the field in almost every lap with Ryan Booth, #4 Knudsen Racing, Sergio Pena, #58 JP Motorsports and Christine Braun, #55 Kimball Williams Racing swapping the top three positions six times.
While the top three were trading places Josh Goshen, #83 Goshen Racing, Felice Snider, #85 JP Motorsports and Carlos Munoz, #73 JP Motorsports were also swapping positions frequently. All together it was a very exciting race with Sergio Pena finishing first, followed by Ryan Booth and Christine Braun in third. Round 4 Update Qualifying conditions were optimal with John Knudsen capturing the Formula Renault 2000 poll again for Round 4 and Ryan Booth repeating as well taking the Formula Renault 1600 poll both were over a second quicker than the previous day. After losing the lead on the start of the Formula Renault 2000 race John Knudsen charged back to the lead on the third lap and took complete control of the race. Luis Martinez Jr. and Bill Goshen maintained station for the last 11 laps also. Christian Franck charged forward at the start but fell back to 4th by lap 3 and retiring after lap 9 with a gearbox issue. On the third lap Liam Kenny had contact with the tire wall on turn 18 coming on to the front straight, his race ended and the field circulated behind the safety car for three laps.
At the checkered flag it was John Knudsen in this first back to back first place finishes, Luis Martinez Jr., with fast lap of the race, in second and Bill Goshen in third. The Formula Renault 1600 race again provided excitement. Due to technical infractions both Sergio Pena's and Felice Snider's qualifying times were disallowed putting them at the back of the grid for the start.
Christine Braun took the lead at the start with Ryan Booth getting shuffled back to fourth. By the end of lap 2 Sergio Pena had moved to the front of the field with Ryan Booth close behind. The very next lap Ryan Booth took the lead until the final lap. On the last turn before the checkered flag Ryan and Sergio had contact that resulted in Ryan impacting the tire wall. Sergio went on to the win with Felice Snider in second and Josh Goshen in third. Series officials reviewed the incident and let the results stand.
At the awards ceremony when Sergio was presented with the first place trophy he apologized to Ryan for the incident and said "Ryan, here you deserve this" as he handed the trophy to Ryan in a true demonstration of the sportsmanship that the Formula TR PRO Series strives to impart. The Championship Series point's contests are tight with only 24 points separating the top four in the Formula Renault 1600 series and 19 points separate the top three in the Formula Renault 2000 series.
There are 108 points available over the top four places with points paid to twentieth position for each race making the championship attainable for any of the competitors. The series has a long six week break but will meet again May 5 & 6 for Rounds 5 & 6 at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA. About Formula TR Formula TR (Tatuus Renault) provides a development series for young drivers progressing from karting into professional formula car racing as early as age 14. The series was established in 2002 and features both 1600cc and 2000cc carbon fiber open wheel chassis built by Tatuus and powered by Renault. The series consists of 20 races conducted over 10 weekends at tracks throughout the western US. Visit www.FormulaTR.com for more information.