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Kyle Kirkwood clinches USF2000 title in Mid-Ohio race one

by Ida Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway / LLC Photography

Kyle Kirkwood clinched the 2018 USF2000 crown with four races to go with victory in the first race at Mid-Ohio.

The Cape Motorsports driver started from pole, his fourth of the season, and dominated to take his seventh consecutive win.

Kirkwood’s main opposition came from Pabst Racing, which also caused chaos on the first lap.

Kaylen Frederick and Rasmus Lindh, who had qualified second and third, collided into Turn 4. Frederick pitted and lost a lap, while Lindh was handed a drive-through penalty.

Pabst team-mates Lucas Kohl and Calvin Ming moved into second and third as a result, while a bold overtake by BN Racing’s Keith Donegan moved him into fourth.

A set of full-course cautions kept the podium order unchanged, while a mishandling car moved Donegan down to fifth behind championship debutant James Raven.

Raven was judged to have jumped one of the restarts though, and was handed a drive-through penalty, dropping him to 18th.

Donegan therefore regained fourth, with South African Julian Van der Watt equalling his best result of the season in fifth.

Dakota Dickerson benefited from the chaos to rise from 24th on the grid to sixth, ahead of Singaporean Danial Frost.

The battle for eighth place was won by Michael d’Orlando, heading Kory Enders, Lindh and Jacob Abel.


Race results (20 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Kyle Kirkwood Cape Motorsports 37m50.4257s
2 Lucas Kohl Pabst Racing +1.8275s
3 Calvin Ming Pabst Racing +3.0360s
4 Keith Donegan BN Racing +6.6009s
5 Julian Van der Watt Team Pelfrey +7.0277s
6 Dakota Dickerson ArmsUp Motorsports +7.2428s
7 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport +7.7261s
8 Michael d’Orlando Team Benik +8.0515s
9 Kory Enders DEForce Racing +8.1727s
10 Rasmus Lindh Pabst Racing +8.4414s
11 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports +8.7230s
12 Colin Kaminsky DEForce Racing +10.6413s
13 David Osborne Newman Wachs Racing +11.0947s
14 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Exclusive Autosport +15.4394s
15 Kyle Dupell Team Pelfrey +16.3273s
16 Sabre Cook Team Benik +22.4946s
17 Igor Fraga Exclusive Autosport +36.7402s
18 James Raven DEForce Rscing +40.3000s
Ret Jose Sierra DEForce Racing
Ret Darren Keane Newman Wachs Racing
Ret Bruna Tomaselli Team Pelfrey
Ret Oscar DeLuzuriaga Newman Wachs Racing
Ret Russell McDonough BN Racing
Ret Kaylen Frederick Pabst Racing
Pole: Kirkwood, 1m20.5527s? ? ??Fastest Lap: Lindh, 1m22.3274s

Championship standings
?Kirkwood 311? ?2 Lindh 153? ?3 Frederick 149? ?4 Fraga 149? ?5 Kohl 141? ?6 Ming 135? ?7 Alex Baron 123? ?8 Donegan 119? ?9 Sierra 112? ?10 Van der Watt 108