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Kiko Porto ends wait of over a year for second USF Pro 2000 win

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Kiko Porto took his second USF Pro 2000 win at Circuit of the Americas, over a year after his first in the series.

DEForce Racing filled the front row in qualifying, with the debuting Mac Clark leading team-mate Porto.

Experience came to the fore at the start, with Porto taking the lead on lap one and Pabst Racing’s points leader Myles Rowe passing Velocity Racing Development’s Nikita Johnson for third.

A crash at the turn 16 hairpin, intigated by Jordan Missig making a diving move on Exclusive Autosport’s Salvador de Alba but instead collecting his own Pabst team-mate Jace Denmark, meant the next three laps were spent behind the pace car before racing resumed on lap five.

Clark had a strong restart and tried passing around the outside of turn one but could not do it, while Johnson was able to get back ahead of Rowe exiting the corner.

There was then little action, with Porto and Clark trading fastest lap a few times and eventually finishing 0.985 seconds apart. Johnson made it two debutants on the podium by gapping Rowe, while TJ Speed’s Lirim Zendeli finished fifth following a mid-race pass on Jay Howard Driver Development’s Ricardo Escotto

Most of the battling took place towards the bottom of the top 10. Francesco Pizzi passed the debuting Frankie Mossman for eight on the lap after the restart, with Michael d’Orlando going down the inside of Mossman at turn one next time by.

Mossman got back past d’Orland on lap eight, then through the remainder of the lap d’Orlando lost several poitions before heading to the pits to retire. De Alba was next to pass Mossman, then gained another place to eighth when Pizzi retired on the last lap.

Race result (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 34m54.672s
2 Mac Clark DEForce Racing +0.985s
3 Nikita Johnosn Velocity Racing Development +4.009s
4 Myles Rowe Pabst Racing +6.030s
5 Lirim Zendeli TJ Speed +9.172s
6 Ricardo Escotto JHDD +14.618s
7 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +15.875s
8 Salvador de Alba DEForce Racing +21.383s
9 Frankie Mossman JHDD +22.718s
10 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport +23.320s
11 Jorge Garciarce DEForce Racing +23.671s
12 Louka St.-Jean Turn 3 Motorsport +40.576s
13 Avery Towns Exclusive Autosport +40.799s
14 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport +42.873s
15 Nicholas Monteiro NeoTech Motorsport +43.401s
NC Francesco Pizzi TJ Speed +1 lap
Ret Michael d’Orlando Turn 3 Motorsport
Ret Jace Denmark Pabst Racing
Ret Jordan Missig Pabst Racing
Fastest lap: Clark, 2m03.770s

Championship standings
Rowe 318   2 Porto 249   3 de Alba 228   4 d’Orlando 210   5 Joel Granfors 208   6 Zendeli 206   7 Pizzi 206   8 Denmark 186   9 Browne 180   10 Miller 172