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Alberico takes controlled victory in first Pro Mazda race

by Gruz David
Photo: Andersen Promotions

Photo: Andersen Promotions

After taking pole position earlier today, Neil Alberico remained unbeatable in the first race of the Pro Mazda weekend at St. Petersburg.

The 22-year-old kept first place after the start and led every lap of the race, which was once interrupted by caution.

GP3 graduate Santiago Urrutia had a great debut race in the series, finishing second.

The Uruguayan newcomer passed Daniel Burkett on the second lap of the race and held his position as confidently as race the leader ahead of him.

While Burkett raced in the third place in the first half of the race, he was about to be caught by the charging duo of Patricio O’Ward and Weiron Tan when the Malaysian Andretti touched the tyre wall and retired, bringing out the only caution.

When the race restarted, O’Ward started to challenge Burkett which led the to the latter spinning down the order.

However, it wasn’t O’Ward who completed the podium as USF2000 champion Florian Latorre stole third place from the 15-year-old Mexican to complete a great recovery race.

O’Ward had to settle for fourth, followed by Juncos driver Jose Gutierrez and JDC’s Raoul Owens, who finished just ahead of sophomore drivers Dalton Kellett and Will Owen.

The top ten was completed by Alessandro Latif and Kyle Connery.

Race One results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Neil Alberico Cape Motorsports 23 laps
2 Santiago Urrutia Team Pelfrey +4.6819
3 Florian Latorre Cape Motorsports +5.2044
4 Patricio O’Ward Team Pelfrey +10.0732
5 Jose Gutierrez Juncos Racing +10.1419
6 Raoul Owens JDC Motorsports +11.0530
7 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport +11.0895
8 Will Owen Juncos Racing +11.8600
9 Alessandro Latif World Speed Motorsports +13.9526
10 Kyle Connery JDC Motorsports +14.7539
11 Garrett Grist Juncos Racing +15.6553
12 Parker Nicklin JDC Motorsports +22.6956
13 Bobby Eberle World Speed Motorsports +27.5861
14 Daniel Burkett Cape Motorsports +45.6017
15 Jay Horak M1 Racing +1 lap
16 Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport +11 laps
17 Timothe Buret Juncos Racing +18 laps