2013 -2014 Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda Finale: Wilby and Soori Clinch Championship

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 2013 -2014 Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda Finale: Wilby and Soori Clinch Championship

Braselton, GA. (April 8). It was an exciting weekend in Sebring, Florida for the last round of the 2013-2014 Skip Barber Winter

Series presented by Mazda. Racers in the Skip Barber Formula an dMAZDASPEED Challenge took to Sebring International Raceway to crown a champion for the season.

Keyvan Soori and Nikita Lastochikin finished the weekend at the top of the Formula Skip Barber Championship point standings, and Jim Wilby took the MAZDASPEED championship holding off veteran racer Bryan Hixon. Rookie Ben Auriemma and Mac Korince also take accolades from the weekend winning ‘Rookie for the Year’ in their respective classes.

A new season of racing will kick off at NOLA Motorsports Park May 16-18th for the 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series presented by Mazda. The 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series will travel to six iconic tracks across the country and racers will have 16 rounds in the Formula Skip Barber class and 12 rounds in the MAZDASPEED Challenge class to battle for the 2014 Summer Series championship.  Seats are still available! For more details, visit skipbarber.com or see schedule below.

Follow all the action on twitter.com/RaceSkipBarber.

Group One, Race One – Formula Skip Barber

Brandon Angel started on pole with championship contender Nikita Lastochkin behind him. Green flag drops and the racers are side by side. Early in lap 1, Lastochkin challenges Angel for the lead but holds him off. At the back of the pack, Jackie Ding charges hard to pick up six spots moving him into sixth place. Going into lap 3, Angel still holds first with Lastochkin in second and Rookie Ben Auriemma in third. Winter Series points leader Keyvan Soori, who started the race in fifth retires early at the end of lap 3. As the racers enter lap 4, Lastochkin, battling hard for the top spot overcomes Angel for the lead, but Angel is close behind. In turn 5, Matt Donmoyer goes four off and falls back one spot, allowing Jeffrey Stern to move up to tenth. Angel and Lastochkin are nose to tail entering lap 5, and Angel makes a pop and overcomes Lastochkin but Lastochkin is right behind him. Lastochkin does not waste time and captures the top spot from Angel shortly after. Lastochkin takes the win, Angel in second.

Group One, Race Two – Formula Skip Barber

Brandon Angel started the race on pole, but Rookie Ben Auriemma makes an early pop for the lead in the race and overcomes Angel for the top spot.  Auriemma’s lead is short-lived as Angel makes a move late in turn 6 to over take him for the lead. Going into lap 3, racers are side by side. Heading into turn 7A, Jackie Ding hits Jeffrey Stern and both racers retire early. Nikita Lastochkin who began the race in third is quickly challenged by Keyvan Soori who is currently in fourth. Soori makes his move and overcomes Lastochkin for the the third position. In the front, Angel and Auriemma are still nose-to-tail but Auriemma is not giving in. In lap 5, Angel falls back two spots as he goes four off  in turn 15 allowing Auriemma to take the top spot. Lastochkin moves up to second. Auriemma takes the win followed by Lastochkin and Soori for third.

Group Two, Race One – MAZDASPEED Challenge

Bryan Hixon begins the race on pole. Skip Barber Master Michael Auriemma makes an early pop for the second spot and overtakes Jim Wilby going into lap 2. Wilby falls back to the ninth place.  Rookie Mac Korince picks up two spots early in lap 1 and slides into third place. Grand Master Felix Borodaty charges hard and manages overtakes Korince for third.  Entering lap 3, Brad Roudebush has a hard 2 off but continues. Roudebush falls 2 spots. Wilby also gaining momentum as he picks off 3 spots in one lap moving him into sixth. Wilby continues to pick up spots, moving into fourth entering lap 4. Hixon still leads the pack.  Wilby inching up on Borodaty and makes a pop for the third spot and makes it stick.  In lap 5, Paul Arnold spins in Turn 10 in lap 5 and drops back 2 spots. Wilby makes a pop for second and Auriemma drops back to third. Hixon takes the win followed by Wilby and Auriemma takes third.

Group Two, Race Two – MAZDASPEED Challenge

Bryan Hixon begins the race on pole. Green flag drops and racers are side by side. Going into turn 1, Jim Wilby takes the lead from Hixon early. Paul Arnold, Skip Barber Grand Master, charges hard to pick up two spots to move into fourth place. The front two, Hixon and Wilby breakaway from the group going into turn 10. Going into lap 3, there is a three car race for the third between Skip Barber Master Michael Auriemma, Rookie Mac Korince and Arnold, but no one makes a pop for the spot. Going into lap 6, Wilby extends his lead from Hixon. Arnold makes a move on Auriemma in the hairpin and takes the spot, but Auriemma takes the spot right back.Going into turn 10, Arnold spins allowing Auriemma to extend his position in third. Going into the last lap, Wilby still has the lead but Hixon is right behind him and charges hard to try to take the lead but can’t make the pop stick. Wilby takes the win with Hixon in second and Auriemma in third.

Group Two, Race Three – MAZDASPEED Challenge

Jim Wilby begins the race on pole. The green flag drops and racers are side by side going into turn 1. Skip Barber MasterMichael Auriemma makes an early pop for the lead and overcomes Wilby. Top 3 are side by side entering lap 2.  Master Brad Roudebush makes a move for fourth and overtakes Paul Arnold going into lap 3. Racers are single file. Wilby retakes the lead from Auriemma and Rookie Mac Korince makes a pop for second sending Auriemma back to third. Heading into lap 6, Arnold makes a pop for fourth and reclaims his position from Roudebush. Arnold is closing gap between him and Mac Korince who is in third. Wilby still leads with Auriemma in second. Arnold makes a pop for third and makes it stick. Wilby wins, Auriemma takes second and Borodaty takes third.

The Points

2013-2014 Top 5 Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda Championship Point Standings

1st: Keyvan Soori 342

2nd: Nikita Lastochkin 320

3rd: (Rookie) Ben Auriemma 312

4th: Brandon Angel 301

5th: Matt Donmoyer 267

2013-2014 Top 5 Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda MAZDASPEED Challenge Championship Point Standings

1st: Jim Wilby 411

2nd: Bryan Hixon 393

3rd: (Master) Michael Auriemma 360

4th: (Master) Felix Borodaty – 336

5th (Rookie) Mac Korince – 334

2013-2014 Top 3 Masters Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda Championship Point Standings

1st Jeffrey Stern 251

2nd Gus Doppes 249

3rd Bill Shields 242

2013-2014 Top 3  Masters Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda MAZDASPEED Challenge Championship Point Standings

1st Michael Auriemma 303

2nd Felix Borodaty 284

3rd Brad Roudebush 262

Other Notable Awards

Most Improved

  • Nikita Lastochkin – Formula Skip Barber
  • Chris Beaufait – MAZDASPEED Challenge

Rookie of the Year

  • Ben Auriemma – Formula Skip Barber
  • Mac Korince – MAZDASPEED Challenge
Looking to race this summer? Check out the Summer Series Schedule presented by Mazda below!
 

2014 Formula Summer Series Schedule presented by Mazda

 (Full Season Price $43,600 for Practice/Race Weekend)

  • Rounds 1 & 2 at NOLA Motorsports Park – May 16-18, 2014
  • Rounds 3 & 4 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – May 28-30, 2014
  • Rounds 5 & 6 at Mid-Ohio – June 18 -22, 2014
  • Rounds 7 & 8 at Lime Rock Park – July 8 -12, 2014
  • Rounds 9 & 10 at Putnam Park – August 6 – 10, 2014
  • Rounds 11 & 12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca -August  26 – 28, 2014
  • Rounds 13 & 14 at Road America – October 1 – 5, 2014
  • Rounds 15 & 16 at Lime Rock Park –  October 14 – 18, 2014

The 2014 MAZDASPEED MX-5 Summer Series Schedule presented by Mazda:

(Full Season Price $32,700 for Practice/Race Weekend)

  • Rounds 1 & 2 at NOLA Motorsports Park – May 16-18, 2014
  • Rounds 3 & 4 at Mid-Ohio – June 18 -22, 2014
  • Rounds 5 & 6 at Lime Rock Park – July 9 -12, 2014
  • Rounds 7 & 8 at Putnam Park – August 6 – 10, 2014
  • Rounds 9 & 10 at Road America – October 1 – 5, 2014
  • Rounds 11 & 12 at Lime Rock Park –  October 14 – 18, 2014
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