NA-F2000: Mid-Ohio report and results

BESNARD GOES FLAG-TO-FLAG IN F2000 AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio – Australian David Besnard led flag-to-flag to take his fifth U.S. F2000 National Championship win in seven 1998 races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course U.S. Road Racing...

BESNARD GOES FLAG-TO-FLAG IN F2000 AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Australian David Besnard led flag-to-flag to take his fifth U.S. F2000 National Championship win in seven 1998 races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course U.S. Road Racing Championship. Canadian Marc-Antoine Camirand and teammate, three-time Tour de France Champion, Greg LeMond completed the top-three. Besnard averaged 95.605 mph en route to a 6.648-second victory in the No. 13 Primus Racing Karts Van Diemen Ford, extending his points lead at the season's mid-point to 50 over Ryan Hampton. Besnard, who started from the pole, led by as much as 10 seconds. "My car was great, and I really only had to go seven/tenths for most of the race," said Besnard. "I've had the mentality my whole life that ‘nobody's going to beat me,' and I don't really like to say it, but today was as easy as it looked. Guys like Marc-Antoine (Camirand) worry me though, he doesn't have much experience in these cars, but he's very good and will be tough to beat later this year." Camirand, driving the No. 96 KeyTours Van Diemen Ford, passed second-fast qualifier Sam Hornish Jr. on lap two and drove the rest of the race by himself, finishing well ahead of teammate LeMond. LeMond, who started ninth in the No. 51 autoconnect.com Van Diemen Ford moved into third on lap 14 of the 20-lap, 48.0-mile race, and finished ahead of Mike Johnson, of Gainesville, Ga., and Hampton, of Glendora, Calif. "I had a good race with Jonathan Bottoms and then I think he missed a shift and I went by," said LeMond. "I thought he'd be coming, but then he disappeared from my mirrors, I guess he spun. I look at the two guys ahead of me and think that third is a really good result." Guy Cosmo, of Bohemia, N.Y., won the "B" class for older cars and Anthony Simone, of Stouffville, Ontario, Can., won the Competition Data Drive of the Day and the Taylor Race Engineering Shark Award for advancing from 18th to 9th.

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LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Final results from the U.S. F2000 National Championship Round Seven, part of the U.S. Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, class, car, laps and reason out. 1. (1), David Besnard, Sydney, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 2. (4), Marc Antoine Camirand, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 3. (9), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 4. (12), Mike Johnson, Gainsville, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (8), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 6. (13), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 20. 7. (11), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 8. (2), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 9. (18), Anthony Simone, Stouffville, Ontario, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 10. (7), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (16), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (5), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 13. (15), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (20), Guy Cosmo, Bohemia, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 15. (22), James Yott, Montreal, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 16. (21), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 17. (24), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 18. (23), Joey Scarallo, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 19. (26), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 20. (19), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Larado, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 21. (6), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 22. (29), Billy Puterbaugh_Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 23. (31), Wilmer Valentin, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 24. (30), Jason Bach, Toledo, Ohio, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 25. (14), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 18. 26. (10), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 8, MECH. 27. (25), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 2, MECH. 28. (17), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1, OFF. 29. (27), Dana LaLiberte, Ann Arbor, Mich., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1, MECH. 30. (28), Howie Liebengood, Vienna, Va., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1, OFF. 31. (3), Ryan Jones, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1, MECH. Time of race: 30 minutes, 07.431 seconds. Average speed: 95.605 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 6.6479 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-20, No. 13 Besnard. Fastest race lap: No. 2 Robby McGehee, 1:26.643 (99.719 mph) Cautions: None.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Robby McGehee , Jon Herb , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , T.J. Bell , Rolando Quintanilla , Andy Lally , David Besnard , Ryan Hampton , Larry Oberto , Mike Johnson , Howie Liebengood , Anthony Simone , Jeff Smith , Sam Hornish Jr.