BRASELTON, Ga. – Jim Goughary edged out a win in a highly-competitive F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at Road Atlanta on Sunday as he went wheel-to-wheel with Garth Rickards in the closing stages of the race before a turn 10 showdown.
Goughary and Rickards were able to break away from the pack as the race unfolded, trading the lead back and forth before a backstretch braking duel on the last lap.
“We were side-by-side down the back straight,” said Goughary, who started on pole and even led most of Saturday’s race. “He was on the outside and I drove him deep into the breaking zone. He couldn’t make the turn and spun it.”
Goughary, a Masters Class veteran driving for Ski Motorsports, marks his second win following a victory at VIR by milliseconds in 2011.
Mitchell, meanwhile, nearly got to Goughary coming to the checkered flag in his debut weekend for Exclusive Autosport after starting 17th and moving through the pack in a hurry.
“It was a nice workout today,” said Mitchell. “It was a good way to end the weekend, we had some adverse situations but we worked through them. Exclusive gave me a great car.”
Agren completed the podium for Team Pelfrey.
“That was some entertaining pack-racing,” said Agren. “Everyone was pushing to the limits with no mistakes; and it was all about having your car in the right place.”
Steve Bamford followed in fourth place, adding that the pack racing let the leaders get away, as Garth Rickards, despite a last-lap spin and gravel trap visit, managed to finish fifth.
“I just tried to out brake Jim (Goughary) and locked them up,” said Rickards, in the No. 82 Team Pelfrey Mygale/Honda. Teammate Augie Lerch was in sixth, improving from 14th on the starting grid.
Will Harvey followed in seventh in his second F1600 race for WISKO, while Raceworks’ Bradon Angel was eighth ahead of Exclusive teammates Jeff Kingsley and Jayson Clunie to round off the top ten at Road Atlanta.
Saturday’s winner Franklin Futrelle was forced to retire the No. 97 Raceworks Spectrum/Honda from the race on the fifth lap despite running in the top three for the opening portion of the event. Futrelle had reported rear suspension damage.
“Jim (Goughary) and I made contact in turn ten,” Futrelle explained. “It’s on me, we touched and I got the car up and it broke the suspension.”