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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pacific Formula F Super Series: To Infineon and Beyond


The Pacific Formula F Super Series ventured to Infineon Raceway for Rounds 5 and 6 of its inaugural season, and last weekend, it was Jon Brandstad in his BJF Racing Swift DB-6 taking the victories and a narrow, two-point lead in the championship, with one race weekend remaining.

Brandstad ran virtually uncontested to the Race 1 victory, while series newcomer John Robinson (Piper/Honda) and Doug Brenner (Van Diemen/Honda) fought over second place, with Brenner gaining the ultimate upper hand. Although he was late to the grid and started from the pit lane, Alex Schutte at least took the honor of recording the fastest race lap in his Piper/Honda, en route to a fourth-place finish. Schutte then headed off to a nearby sprint car race that evening!

On Sunday, it was Brandstad winning again in a near-perfect performance, leading from the pole and holding off Schutte over the 12-lap distance to score his second victory of the weekend. Schutte again set fast lap in finishing second, while Brenner rounded out the top three.

For Robinson, a two-time SCCA Formula F national champion and regular in the Eastern U.S.-based Formula F Championship Series, his first visit to the Infineon Raceway road course, located in Sonoma, Calif., was reward enough.

“A third and a fourth, when I’d never seen this track before, is a pretty good result,” Robinson said after Sunday’s race. “Thanks to the guys at Fast Forward Components, I had the great opportunity to compare the Piper/Honda to the Swift DB-6 I run back east, and race at this fantastic circuit. I think Infineon is now one of my favorite tracks.”

The Formula F Super Series runs as a separate class at four of the six Pacific F2000 race weekends, totaling a championship run of eight races. The fields feature both the new Honda and traditional Kent powerplants.

The final round of 2011 takes place October 7-9 at the Las Vegas Speedway road course in Nevada. More information on the Pacific Formula F Super Series is available on the web at www.pacificF2000.com.

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