F2000: Audette Goes Flag-to-Flag at Lime Rock Lakeville, CT -- Canadian Remy Audette led all 32 laps from pole winning round four of the F2000 Championship Season at Lime Rock Park. Audette, driving the ...
F2000: Audette Goes Flag-to-Flag at Lime Rock
Lakeville, CT -- Canadian Remy Audette led all 32 laps from pole winning round four of the F2000 Championship Season at Lime Rock Park. Audette, driving the #21 Dimension Doors/Novatech Audette Racing entry broke the standing track record during morning qualifying and simply took off on the field from the drop of the green. It was Audette's first F2000 win.
"I took off from the drop of the green," said Audette, who extends his championship points lead. "Mentally it was a really challenging race because there were no yellow flags; I had to be on the limit the entire time. I never looked back or in my mirrors and concentrated on the track ahead. It is a great result for the team."
Saturday's winner, rookie Benjamin Searcy started on the outside of the front row but missed a shift early that allowed fellow American Chris Miller to get around him. At this point Audette took off on the field stretching his lead to over four seconds. A blanket covered the rest of the top five with Miller, Searcy, Inge and Orsolon running nose to tail, putting on a show for the fans on the hillside.
When Miller made a mistake coming onto the front straight Searcy got around and left Miller and the rest behind, setting fast lap of the race at 50.272.
Searcy cut Audette's lead down to one second as they worked through slower traffic . With just a few laps to go Searcy locked up the brakes going into turn one and lost control of his Van Diemen, spinning off the track and allowing Audette to go onto victory by eight seconds.
"I dropped back a bit on the start when I missed a shift," commented Searcy, who has won two out of the four races this season. "I caught Miller and when he made a mistake on the downhill I got alongside going down the front straight and got past him. From there it was all about running Remy (Audette) down. I was turning qualifying lap after qualifying lap and overcooked it going into one. I was going for the win."
Searcy had to settle for seventh place while Miller logged another second place finish and Matthew Inge rounded out the podium.
Rookie Fabio Orsolon, driving for Alegra Motorsports, finished fourth, his best result thus far this year. "We made a huge improvement on the setup compared to Saturday's race. It was hard to pass any cars here and we were all running so close for the entire race, it was a lot of fun. Near the end the car developed some oversteer and at that point I was really just hanging on. We're going to go back to the shop and work really hard for Mosport," commented Orsolon.
John Dole was the first Master's Class driver, rounding out the top five while Friday's fast man in practice, Tom Fatur came home sixth. Searcy followed in seventh with Colin Alexander eighth. Caitlin Johnston logged her third straight top finish in ninth and ran her fastest lap of the entire weekend during the race. Al Guibord, Jr. rounded out the top ten.
Going into Mosport, Remy Audette leads the championship standings by 18 points over Matthew Inge. Chris Miller sits third in points, just six points being Inge. Searcy is fourth, another 12 points back. Al Guibord Jr's consistent finishes put him fifth in the standings, 31 points behind Searcy while Searcy's Z-Sports teammate, Caitlin Johnston, with her three straight top ten finishes, sits sixth in the points, another 18 points back from Guibord Jr.
The season resumes at Mosport June 11-14. Stay tuned to F2000ChampionshipSeries.com for the latest.