PIGOT EXTENDS SKIP BARBER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH VIR WIN AND POLE MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver added a second victory to his resume in Round Five ALTON, VA. (April 26, 2010) - Junior formula car standout Spencer ...
PIGOT EXTENDS SKIP BARBER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH VIR WIN AND POLE
MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver added a second victory to his resume in Round Five
ALTON, VA. (April 26, 2010) - Junior formula car standout Spencer Pigot further strengthened his position as the driver to beat in the 2010 edition of the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda over the weekend (April 24-25), adding a pole position and race win to his resume at VIRginia International Raceway. With his second win of the season, the highly rated Floridian exits Rounds Five and Six of the 14-race campaign, having extended his championship lead to 15 points.
Pigot, as he has at every Skip Barber National event thus far, wasted little time getting up to speed when the drivers first took the 3.27-mile VIR road course via two lapping sessions. Quickly coming to grips with his car and the track, Pigot ended the opening run P1 on the time charts. Continually working on his car setup and driving line, he remained near the top of speed charts in both the second lapping session and lone practice session, setting the stage for a strong qualifying run. While things didn't go exactly according to plan for Pigot, the 16 year-old turned the fourth quickest time and the second row starting position ensured he would be part of the mix for the win.
When the green flag waved for Round Five on Saturday morning, Pigot not only kept his nose clean, but immediately began challenging for the lead. The MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver soon found himself at the front of the chasing pack. That being said the combination of the Hanford Device - a rear-wing element that increases the draft - and the long straights at VIR ensured the fight for the win would come down to final lap. Part of the five plus chain of cars fighting for the win, Pigot commenced the final lap in third place. That became second following a well executed pass at the famed Oak Tree turn. Getting a good draft down the back straight Pigot not only closed right up on the race leader but also completed a bold outbraking maneuver in turn 14, the final passing opportunity before the start/finish. Running mistake-free through the final sequence of corners, the MAZDASPEED Mototorsports Driver Development racer scored his second Skip Barber National win of the season.
Returning to the cockpit one day later, the Skip Barber National drivers were greeted with a wet but drying track for their morning qualifying session. Pigot, showcasing not only his raw skill behind the wheel but also the ability to get the most from his car in the ever-changing conditions, proved to be the man to beat earning his second pole position of 2010.
As fans of the Skip Barber National series have come to expect, race two of the VIR doubleheader again featured a multi-car pack swapping the lead lap after lap. Pigot, having led his fair share of the race, positioned himself in second when the final lap got underway. Poised to repeat his race one maneuver in turn 14, Pigot's chances at the win suddenly vanished in turn 10, when another racer hit him from behind, sending the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver off-course. Fortunate to be able to continue, Pigot rejoined the field behind the lead pack, eventually earning a disappointing eighth place result.
"I'm very disappointed" commented Pigot about his Round Six result. "I was in a very good position to win and through no fault of my own I ended up getting knocked off the track! Overall it was a good weekend however. With a pole and a win, I've extended my lead in the championship by a nice margin."
Pigot also went on to thank his friend and driver coach Jonatan Jorge, who he described as "A great help with both technical issues and race strategy."
Pigot resumes his pursuit of the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda title on May 29-31, with Rounds Seven and Eight at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. The MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver enters the doubleheader leading the championship fight 189-174.