Gooden Sweeps Mid-Ohio in F1600 Formula Championship Race

Wyatt Gooden swept the weekend. (click for high-res) (photo: Valet)

Lexington, OH – On his F1600 Series debut, Wyatt Gooden won out on an epic battle for the lead in his Van Diemen/Honda with Mitch Martin to take his second win in two days, and second win in two ever F1600 races for Quantum Racing Services. Martin, in a Spectrum/Honda and Gooden traded the lead for 16 laps, separating themselves by 11 seconds from anyone else, before a full-course caution for oil on the track brought the checkered flags out at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Tim Kautz was third in his Piper/Ford.

“The car went great today and it was a fun race with Mitch,” said Gooden, who becomes the first person to sweep a weekend in F1600 Formula F Championship Series history. “ I waited for the right moment to pass Mitch for the lead and we had a great battle before that.”

Mitch Martin finished second for the second straight day in his Spectrum/Honda for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in a similar fashion, as Friday’s race also saw a major battle for the lead.

“It was a fun race and the Spectrum was just really good,” commented Martin, who ran the fastest lap of the race at 1:28.4. “We tried to set a pace and we did lead the most laps, but Wyatt was able to get past on the oil that was in turn four.”

Neither Martin nor Gooden know if they will compete in the next rounds of the Championship in September at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.

For Cape Motorsports, it was looking like a double podium as Martin’s teammate, Ryan Leach in a Van Diemen/Honda spun on oil while running third to end his day. Multiple other cars also spun into the gravel on the slick pavement before the caution flags waved at Mid-Ohio.

Tim Kautz recovered from a seventh place starting position to finish third, and extend his points lead over Bill Valet, who could only muster a seventh in his Swift/Ford.

“The car was the best today it’s been all weekend,”said Kautz, who finished fourth in the first race of the doubleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio. “There was just a ton of oil in turn four late in the race. Overall it was a good race and important for the F1600 title chase.”

Jeremy Grenier and Jim Goughary completed the top five.

Then it was Steven Oseth, Bill Valet, Mike Scanlan, Wes Allen and Steve Bamford rounding off the top ten.

Sam Beasley went off-and-on while running third and finished 23rd, also going off on the oil.

John Robinson finished in 24th losing valuable Championship ground. Robinson’s DNF was a result of a spin while trying to pass Bill Valet that left him stuck in a gravel trap in his Swift/Ford.

The F1600 Formula F Championship Series resumes at Lime Rock Park, September 16-17, with the NASCAR Modifieds.

Race Results:

PosNo.NameLapsTotal TmDiffGapAvg. SpeedBest Tm
117Wyatt Gooden1730:48.350--74.7641:28.578
216Mitch Martin1730:49.425+1.075+1.07574.7201:28.438
388Tim Kautz1730:50.761+2.411+1.33674.6661:29.074
412Jeremy Grenier1730:53.025+4.675+2.26474.5751:29.508
57Jim Goughary1730:53.821+5.471+0.79674.5431:29.885
672Steve Oseth1730:54.435+6.085+0.61474.5181:30.288
783Bill Valet1730:55.334+6.984+0.89974.4821:30.718
82Mike Scanlan1730:56.727+8.377+1.39374.4261:29.946
928Wes Allen1730:57.371+9.021+0.64474.4011:30.842
1007Steve Bamford1730:58.620+10.270+1.24974.3511:30.993
1168Caitlin Johnston1731:00.997+12.647+0.87774.2561:31.373
128Jacob Carpenter1731:02.597+14.247+1.60074.1921:31.007
1363John Grooms1731:00.120+11.770+1.50074.2911:31.003
1499Sean Maisey1731:02.763+14.413+0.16674.1851:32.271
1515Jim Oseth1731:04.605+16.255+1.84274.1121:32.018
1644Ed Callo1731:05.322+16.972+0.71774.0841:33.167
1777Mike Kolthoff1731:05.847+17.497+0.52574.0631:31.271
1818Dan Pyanowski1630:50.1641 Lap1 Lap70.2971:33.566
1986Kevin Brumbaugh1630:51.681+1.517+1.51770.2391:33.931
2010Ryan Leach1429:56.5593 Laps2 Laps63.3451:29.004
2124Art Foster1320:40.7504 Laps1 Lap85.1701:29.903
2271Forrest Hull1219:17.3865 Laps1 Lap84.2811:30.982
234Sam Beasley1219:30.548+13.162+13.16283.3331:29.226
2419John Robinson47:00.09513 Laps8 Laps77.4001:31.060
DNS69Erik Shepard0-.—----.—




If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your email!

Related Racing News


Comments are closed.