ALTON, Va. — Tim Minor made it look easy, starting from pole and leading every lap to record his first F2000 Championship Series victory since 2009, taking the first race of the 14-race season Saturday at Virginia Int’l Raceway.
Roberto Lorena, in his F2000 debut out of the F1600 Series, finished second for HP-Tech ahead of Kyle Connery, who started tenth and made up seven spots on the opening lap.
Minor not only dropped the qualifying record earlier on Saturday, but reset the race track record for F2000 at VIR during the 14-lap all-green flag event.
“After last year, we worked hard all winter. I was tired of being a bridesmaid all the time. It was a true team effort with Ski Motorsports today,” said Minor. Minor also notched the Masters Class win on the day.
The last win for a Masters Class driver came in 2009, when Tim Minor gapped the field at Summit Point. The VIR win marked the first victory for the Citation chassis in F2000, and also just the second non-Van Diemen race win after Minor and the Ski Motorsports squad spent all of 2012 and the winter developing and working on the Citation package.
Finishing second was Lorena in his first F2000 start.
“This is a great way to start the season, there was some great racing here and what a start of the year to be on the podium,” said the 17-year-old Brazilian, driving the No. 9 Van Diemen.
Completing the podium was Connery, a six-time F2000 winner, who passed six cars in turn one on the opening lap after starting 10th.
“We fought gremlins all weekend and this was really our first clean session,” said Connery, who predicted the No. 91 Van Diemen will be faster for Sunday’s race. “The first lap was a bit intense, but I got on the inside and protected my line.”
Kevin Kopp finished fourth for the WISKO F2000 team, ahead of Dean Baker in his best series finish.