ALTON, Va. – Spencer Pigot continued where he left off yesterday afternoon by dominating Saturday’s 14th and final round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
The 18-year-old from Orlando, Fla., took an instant affinity to the 3.27-mile Virginia Int’l Raceway road course, posting the fastest lap in every session aboard his Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing Van Diemen-Mazda, qualifying on the pole for both the weekend’s rounds and never being headed for a single inch in the pair of 14-lap races.
Even that wasn’t enough to prevent teammate and rival Matthew Brabham from clinching the championship after a steady drive to eighth place. Brabham saw his points advantage dwindle from 41 at the beginning of the weekend to just seven in the final tally, but that was all he required to tie up the Mazda scholarship prize, worth $375,000, which will enable him to move up to the Star Mazda Championship, the next rung on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, in 2013.
Pigot took off into the lead for the second day running and barely looked back, but in his wake was a fine tussle for second between Wayne Boyd (Belardi Auto Racing), Trent Hindman (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) and the pair of JDC MotorSports entries driven by Scott Hargrove and Neil Alberico.
Boyd, who finished third yesterday, looked secure in second for much of the race until his car begin to experience a worsening oversteer, causing him to ease his pace and fall into the clutches of the chasing pack.
Hargrove held third for much of the race before Hindman, who had started on the outside of the front row of the grid, found a way past with just a few laps remaining to secure his second podium finish of the season. Hargrove held on for fourth ahead of Alberico.
Also especially noteworthy was the performance of Scott Anderson, who started dead last due to being involved in an incident of the opening lap of yesterday’s race. Anderson slipped past Shelby Blackstock for sixth on the final lap. Brabham and Thomas McGregor also were close behind at the finish line.
The National Class Championship also was settled in the final race of the season. RC Enerson, from New Port Richie, Fla., overtook his season-ling rival, Norwegian Henrik Furuseth at the start, only to tangle with a Championship Class car later on the opening lap.
Enerson was eliminated immediately, leaving Furuseth clear to take a weekend sweep, his sixth and seventh wins of the season, to claim the title by a 14-point margin over Mark Eaton who finished second today ahead of Jim Libecco.