FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES: ROUND #4 AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
This time of the year the heat can be really unbearable in the deep south but this weekend’s weather provided a slight reprieve with a nice wind for most of the race event. This was the very first time that Aaron Ellis had ever been on this famous track but it did not take this crafty old veteran very long at all as he steadily improved his lap times with every session on the track. Qualifying for Saturday’s race saw veteran John Pickle in the former Banana Boat (2nd at the Daytona Runoffs) take the pole with a 1:39.652, followed by Carl Maier in 2nd, rookie Jeff DeLong in 3rd, Aaron Ellis in 4th, George Fox in 5th, another rookie Zak Morvik in 6th and returning to the Series, Fred Edwards in 7th, re-learning the car and the track. The start of the race saw Aaron Ellis charge to the front from 4th with John Pickle right with him. This battle continued for several laps until Aaron laid down a fast lap of 1:37.358 to pull away from John and win the race with John finishing in 2nd; 3rd was Jeff DeLong, 4thwas George Fox, 5th was Carl Maier, 6th was Zak Morvik and 7th was Fred Edwards.
Since the grid for Sunday is determined by your fastest lap of the event, whether in qualifying or the Saturday race, Aaron Ellis decided to sit on his 1:37.358 set during the Saturday race. John Pickle did not improve his best lap time of 1:39.652 and settled for 2nd on the grid; Jeff DeLong improved his lap time to a 1:41.674 to take the 3rd spot, George Fox also improved his lap time to take 4th, Zak Morvik took the 5th spot and Carl Maier moved to the back after changing cars – Fred Edwards turned his car over to Carl to run the Sunday race. At the start, John Pickle and Aaron Ellis swapped the lead several times until John had to spin his car to avoid another car in the spider hairpin. Aaron then proceeded to increase his lead with a new fast time of 1:35.792. In the meantime, John Pickle was on a mission to catch both Jeff DeLong and George Fox who had passed John during his spin and re-start. Over the next 8 or so laps of this 15 lap race, John reeled in and passed first George Fox and then Jeff DeLong. Aaron Ellis won going away, John Pickle got a much deserved 2nd place from way back in the pack, George Fox finished 3rd, Jeff DeLong finished 4th, Carl Maier finished 5th and Zak Morvik finished 6th.
The points for this weekend’s event are as follows:
- Aaron Ellis 24
- John Pickle 22
- Jeff DeLong 20
- George Fox 18
- Carl Maier 16
- Zak Morvik 14
- Fred Edwards 12
After four rounds, the Series Points standing are now:
- Aaron Ellis 96
- Carl Maier 76
- Jeff DeLong 52
- Mo Makki 52
- John Pickle 44
- Sven deVries 38
- Barry Luterek 38
- George Fox 34
- Zak Morvik 26
- Calvin Stewart 14
- Hunter Brayton 12
- Fred Edwards 12
We have two ties – for 3rd/4th and for 6th/7th which should be resolved at Atlanta.
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