ALTON, Va. – Thomas McGregor drove to the checkered flags for round five of the F2000 Championship Series at Virginia Int’l Raceway to give Exclusive Autosport and the new Spectrum chassis their first F2000 wins.
McGregor beat out Skylar Robinson in a gripping closing-laps battle, with Robinson settling for second ahead of Sam Beasley for Polestar in his best finish to date.
McGregor makes it his first F2000 win as well – and strings together another podium finish in his Championship pursuit.
“I got a good start and was able to move into the lead, we had a heck of a car here,” said McGregor. “I passed Skylar with three to go on the back stretch.”
Robinson’s pursuit of his second F2000 win ended when he ran out of road chasing McGregor with two laps to go in the all-green-flag race. The brief off-track excursion cost him enough time to eliminate any chances of reeling in the Spectrum.
“I was able to get by Tim Minor and Sam Beasley at the start, and then ran down McGregor,” said Robinson, who led most of the middle portion of the 14-lap race. “I’m not sure what happened to Tim, but we have a car here to win tomorrow. If I hadn’t messed up there at the end we would have been closer.”
Beasley scored his first F2000 hardware with a third place trophy in the No. 42 Van Diemen following a strong second-place qualifying effort.
“I think we had a car to hang with the leaders but I just didn’t have a good start,” Beasley noted.
Tim Minor started from pole, quickly losing the lead in the opening set of corners. Minor dueled with Robinson and McGregor in the early stages of the race before he was forced to avoid Robinson, going off track and sending him tumbling down the order to 12th. Minor recovered to finish seventh, notching the Masters Class win on the day.
Chris Livengood was 12 seconds back for a fourth place finish in the RFR chassis, while Kevin Kopp recovered from gearbox problems to come home fifth from a 12th place starting position.