NA-F2000: Andy Knight Cleveland race notes

KNIGHT BATTLES THE ODDS AT CLEVELAND Christchurch driver Andy Knight battled his way to a good result with a car that could not match the pace of the frontrunners at the latest round of the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Series at Burke ...

KNIGHT BATTLES THE ODDS AT CLEVELAND

Christchurch driver Andy Knight battled his way to a good result with a car that could not match the pace of the frontrunners at the latest round of the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Series at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend.

After a positive showing in the previous round of the series Knight travelled to Cleveland with high hopes but the G.FRO Van Diemen RF05 struggled at the 2.106 mile airfield circuit.

The weekend started positively when Knight set the third fastest time in the Friday practice session. However when qualifying was held on Saturday Knight unfortunately hit a kerb on just his second lap. The impact bent the front wing which in turn bent a tie rod. That denied the young Cantabrian the opportunity to push for a top grid position and left him 11th on the grid for the opening race on Saturday.

However Knight made another of his brilliant starts in that opening race to be in 5th position on the first lap of the race. He battled on with the car, losing one position to Jason Byers near the end of the 21 lap race to finally take 6th place.

Unhappy with the pace of the car, the G.FRO Team made some major changes in time for Sunday morning's warm - up session. Initially it appeared they had made some significant gains. However come the race later in the morning and some of the problems in the car resurfaced. After appearing to discover a good package in Portland at the previous round Knight now believes that the Portland circuit may have hidden some of the issues as the problems experienced in the early rounds of the championship were again apparent.

Despite the difficulties Knight made another superb start to the second race of the weekend and managed to rise to 3rd place on the first lap. He then maintained the pace at the front of the field for several laps until he dropped back to 4th before coming under pressure towards the end of the race. However he managed to defend 4th place to the chequered flag.

Knight now returns home to New Zealand and unfortunately it appears that due to a lack of funding for the campaign he may not be able to return to the United States for the final three rounds of the series.

-akr

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