Westphal Earns Maximum Points with Win for PR1 Motorsports Willow Springs, Calif. (April 5, 2008) - Jeff Westphal completed a sweep today with his win for PR1 Motorsports by capturing the pole earlier today and recording the races fastest lap.
Westphal Earns Maximum Points with Win for PR1 Motorsports
Willow Springs, Calif. (April 5, 2008) - Jeff Westphal completed a sweep today with his win for PR1 Motorsports by capturing the pole earlier today and recording the races fastest lap. Jeff led from the green flag virtually uncontested as he gradually increased his lead with each successive lap in his TNT Demolition/Cacci Construction, Van Diemen in the Pacific F2000 Series Presented by Hankook. "When I began to pull away from Robert, I was able to get into a rhythm and maintain the gap." He continued, "There were no problems today and no incidents so it was a fast clean race." The 34 points received moved Westphal from fourth to second in the points, four points behind series leader and second place finisher Robert Podlesni.
Podlesni in his Dave Freitas Racing, Terminal Velocity/Alpinstars Van Diemen, was edged at the start by Westphal and by the end of the first lap and established himself in a solid second place. Robert soon had little hope catching Jeff, "He was .2 of a second faster consistently so by midrace I would have had to make up .4 of a second just to catch him and resolved myself to consolidate second place." He added "We will make some changes to the car and should have something for him tomorrow."
Shaun Modisette, PR1 Motorsports, Carson Trailers Van Diemen, had another solid outing to finish in third and give PR1 Motorsports two of the three steps on the podium. "I had an opportunity at the start, but I did not want to possibly take out my teammate so I was a little cautious and maintained my third place," he said. Shaun's 22 points keep him in a joint third place with teammate Max Hyatt who finished fifth in his PR1 Motorsports, Performance Drink Van Diemen.
Starting eleventh due to his qualifying brake problem, Hyatt quickly moved through the field to secure the fifth spot and was closing on the fourth PR1 Motorsports, G-Phactory/Sodi Kart Van Diemen of Nick Freytag. Hyatt said, "I think I took too long getting through the field which kept me from catching Nick." Hyatt drive also earned him the "Hard Charger Award"
Freytag had another solid performance to finish fourth and give PR1 Motorsports four of the top five places. Nick was disappointed to miss the podium but with the solid driving he has displayed, it is only a matter of time.
Finishing in sixth and earning the Expert Class Victory was Peter Hansel in his Comar Performance Inc., GS610 Maximum Performance Brake Fluid Van Diemen just ahead of Masters Class winner Chuck Hulse driving for Dave Freitas in a Silicon Salvage Van Diemen who finished seventh overall.
Hulse was part of the most exciting group in the race with positions changing and some very close racing for most of the race. The group included Scott Rarick, Piper/Fast Forward/Red Line Oil Piper in eighth place, Peter Hastrup, Dave Freitas Racing, Western Building Materials Van Diemen ninth and Nick Kodenko, Kodenko Racing, Red Line Oil Van Diemen in tenth. Kodenko has limited experience with the Zetec powered car having transitioned from FC and Pinto power and is adapting quickly.
Rounding out the field were James Hakewill, Van Diemen in eleventh, Dennis Gaughary, Carbir in twelfth, newcomer Pierre DeMartines in thirteenth and Ira Fierberg in fourteenth with Richard Lai Fatt being the only non- finisher having suffered a puncture on the third lap.
The racing throughout the field is intense with most drivers lapping from 1:19.0 to 1:20.9 maintaining the competitiveness of this series which continues with Round 4 tomorrow getting a green flag at 1:25pm local time.
-credit: pacific f2000