Jason Alder and Mac Clark were the winners in United States Formula 4’s Virginia International Raceway lead.
Velocity Racing Development driver Alder won the weekend opener that had the grid set by the qualifying order, just holding off team-mate Nico Christodoulou and championship leader Noel Leon.
However Leon was handed a five-second penalty post-race for forcing another driver off the track, which dropped him to eighth and promoted the debuting Christian Weir into the final podium position for Gonella Racing.
Behind Weir was Louka St-Jean, and the pair started on the front row for race two courtesy of their fastest laps and with St-Jean ahead.
Weir and Christodoulou jumped St-Jean on lap one, and had five drivers all within a second of him after lap two. The gaps remained close until lap four when Alder’s progress up the order led to him getting past Christodoulou for second place.
He then snatched the lead next time by, crossing the line 0.05 seconds ahead of St-Jean with the top six still super close. That battle was then paused by a full course yellow when Weir hit trouble and retired.
The next big mover after the restart was Clark, who was in fourth but within a lap had got himself into the lead before another brief full course yellow as Hayden Bowlsbey exited proceedings.
Clark had Christodoulou all over him on the second restart and for one lap he did get past on the penultimate lap. Clark was back ahead when it mattered most though, crossing the line for his fifth series win.
Christodoulou was just 0.086s behind, with Leon and Jay Howard Driver Development’s Matt Christensen both within four tenths of victory too. Alder and St-Jean ended up in fifth and sixth.
Alder struck back in race three from fourth on the grid, just pipping Leon to victory. Clark was in contention again but had to settle for third, and Kiwi Motorsport’s Bryson Morris finished just behind the podium trio in fourth.
Future Star Racing’s Chloe Chambers claimed her best result from third on the grid by finishing fifth.
Race 1 (9 laps)
1 Jason Alder Velocity Racing Development 25m21.227s
2 Nico Christodoulou Velocity Racing Development +0.399s
3 Christian Weir Gonella Racing +1.295s
4 Louka St-Jean ICAR Canada Racing Team +2.061s
5 Matt Christensen JHDD +2.771s
6 Viktor Andersson Kiwi Motorsport +2.995s
7 Bryson Morris Kiwi Motorsport +4.352s
8 Noel Leon DEForce Racing +6.020s
9 Gabriel Fonseca Kiwi Motorsport +9.547s
10 Joseph Daniele Kiwi Motorsport +10.216s
Pole: Leon, 1m55.284s
Fastest lap: St-Jean, 1m57.506s
Race 2 (12 laps)
1 Mac Clark Gonella Racing 29m57.330s
2 Christodoulou +0.086s
3 Leon +0.308s
4 Christensen +0.379s
5 Alder +1.065s
6 St-Jean +1.328s
7 Morris +1.536s
8 Chase Gardner Team Crosslink +1.740s
9 Justin Arsenau ICAR Canada Racing Team +2.180s
10 Seth Foley JHDD +3.705s
FL: Ryan Shehan, 1m55.966s
Race 3 (9 laps)
2 Leon +0.199s
3 Clark +0.454s
4 Morris +0.883s
5 Chloe Chambers Future Star Racing +1.506s
6 Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development +1.507s
7 Arsenau +2.132s
8 Weir +2.842s
9 Fonseca +3.128s
10 Foley +3.565s
FL: Alder, 1m58.631s
1 Leon 191 2 Clark 160.5 3 Alder 147 4 Christodoulou 141.5 5 Christensen 89 6 Morris 64 7 Rodrigo Gutierrez 59 8 Arsenau 56 9 Arias Deukmedjian 54 10 Bijoy Garg 52