LEXINGTON, Ohio – After 18 laps of five cars trading the top five spots back and forth, Colin Thompson vaulted from fourth to first with two laps to go, scoring his first career F1600 Formula F Championship Series win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Better yet, the hotly-contested top five battle featured three different chassis and five aspiring drivers, the oldest of which was 22. Teammates Matias Koykka and Shae Davies completed the podium.
For Thompson, his first F1600 win was scored from pole in round seven of the 12-round 2012 season, although the teenager led just a handful of laps in the No. 5 TTO Motorsports Swift DB6/Honda.
“That was by far the best race I’ve ever been in,” said Thompson. “You had no idea who was going to lead the next lap and there was a bit of a shuffle there at the end. Every lap something was happening. With three to go I got around Garett Grist for fourth, we actually scrubbed wheels, and I went around the outside in madness for the lead when a backmarker got in the way on the inside.”
The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing duo was second and third in their Spectrum/Hondas, with some decent black tire marks on the nose of both cars.
“That was the best race of the year so far,” said Koykka, from Finland, who finished second, and has won two races already this season. Koykka also closes the points gap on leader Brandon Newey, who finished fifth.
Meanwhile, teammate Davies, from Australia, who won both races at New Jersey in his first ever F1600 appearance, noted that contact halfway through the race left hurt his suspension.
The first of the Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/ Agajanian Mygale/Hondas was fourth – Garett Grist, with teammate Brandon Newey rounding out the top five.
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