Kyle Kirkwood needs only to start the final Indy Pro 2000 race of the season at Laguna Seca to be crowned champion after winning the opening race.
The RP Motorsport driver was beaten to pole by Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb, who controlled the first half of the race and built up a lead of over three seconds.
Robb’s pace became more patchy in the second half of the race, allowing Kirkwood to close in by a few tenths each lap. With three laps to go he passed Robb for the lead, immediately building a gap of over two seconds and pushing on to a ninth win of the season after Robb’s pace improved again.
Rasmus Lindh, Robb’s Juncos team-mate and Kirkwood’s title rival, finished a lonely third and failed to steal the fastest lap point from team-mate Robb.
This means Kirkwood heads into tomorrow’s season ending race with a 28-point advantage, a gap which can only be minimised by 26 points as long as he starts the race.
A strong start by Abel Motorsports driver Parker Thompson went for little given his race pace wasn’t in league with those ahead, and he finished with RP’s Artem Petrov and Exclusive Autosport’s Danial Frost close behind.
Thompson’s team-mate Jacob Abel was seventh, ahead of the EA pairing of championship returnee Philippe Denes and Nikita Lastochkin.
Race results (25 laps)
|1||Kyle Kirkwood||RP Motorsport||34m10.2620s|
|2||Sting Ray Robb||Juncos Racing||+2.0447s|
|3||Rasmus Lindh||Juncos Racing||+7.4350s|
|4||Parker Thompson||Abel Motorsports||+14.0675s|
|5||Artem Petrov||RP Motorsport||+14.4600s|
|6||Danial Frost||Exclusive Autosport||+14.9563s|
|7||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||+15.7943s|
|8||Philippe Denes||Exclusive Autosport||+20.2203s|
|9||Nikita Lastochkin||Exclusive Autosport||+29.0080s|
|10||Antonio Serravalle||Pserra Racing/RP Motorsport||+41.3543s|
|11||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||+42.0009s|
|12||Moises de la Vara||DEForce Racing||+42.4632s|
|13||Charles Finelli||FatBoy Racing||+2 laps|
|Ret||Antonio Comeau||Turn 3 Motorsport|
|Ret||Matt Round-Garrido||JHDD/BN Racing|
|Pole: Robb, 1m20.1652s? ? ? Fastest lap: Robb, 1m21.1769s
1 Kirkwood 412? ?2 Lindh 384? ?3 Thompson 319? ?4 Frost 309? ?5 Robb 308? ?6 Lastochkin 229? ?7 Enders 189? ?8 Abel 181? ?9 de la Vara 179? ?10 Serravalle 175