Miami Grand Prix: Trebing, Pigot take first Skip Barber National wins at Homestead

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Sunday, March 07, 2010 Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted the opening rounds of the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda as part of its Grand Prix of Miami weekend. With the Handford device in use on the Formula Skip Barber race cars, the racing was going to be close on the 2.21 road course that combines a tight infield with half of the oval track. The first race was won by .018 of a second; the second was even closer.

Round 1
Qualifying was a classic example of youth and exuberance defeating old age and treachery as 16 year-old MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Spencer Pigot bested the sophomore trio of 19 year-old Isaac Lyons, 18 year-old Dennis Trebing and 18 year-old Ashley Freiberg with a 1:30.670 sec. lap to secure his first Skip Barber National pole.

The only incident of the race affected the podium and may have longer term ramifications on the points. Felix Serralles set up and passed Luis Michael Dцrrbecker going into Turn 1 on Lap 14. Dцrrbecker stuck his nose in going into Turn 2, and while Serralles left some room on the inside, Dцrrbecker thought better of it before trying the same late move in Turn 3. This time however Serralles wasn’t as generous with the space, they locked wheels, with Dцrrbecker’s car going up and over the back of Serralles’. Neither driver was injured in the incident, with Serralles driving his damaged car back to the pits and Dцrrbecker returning to the paddock after a precautionary visit to the infield medical center.

The incident brought out the checkered flag a lap earlier than anticipated during the time-certain event, and by Skip Barber Race Series rules, timing and scoring reverted to the last green flag lap for the finishing order. Leading the 13th lap was Dennis Trebing, the second-year driver picking up his first career BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda win. Isaac Lyons came in second with MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver being credited with third. Ashley Freiberg got her second National season off to a strong start with a fourth ahead of rookies Nick Andries, Nicolas Costa and Scott Anderson. Luis Michael Dцrrbecker, originally credited with third, was along with Felix Serralles assessed a penalty for the avoidable contact that ended the race early, was credited with eighth ahead of Daniel Lloyd while Kevin Tittle brought his car home in tenth.

Round 2
(Relative) old age and treachery had its revenge in qualifying for Round 2 with Race 1 winner Dennis Trebing beating MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Felix Serralles for pole with a 1:30.632 sec. lap. At the drop of the green flag, Trebing got the jump, leading into Turn 1. What ensued was a classic example of the drafting that the Formula Skip Barber race car is capable of, with the top eight never separated by more than a few tenths of a second. Spencer Pigot led first before surrendering the lead to Nick Andries. Pigot picked up the lead again on Lap 7, then Andries a lap later… you get the picture.

Lap after lap, the leader coming out of Turn 8 would be swallowed by the field going through NASCAR 3 and 4. Popping and flaring, the field would come to the stripe each lap five or six wide. With 11 lead changes at the stripe alone over 16 laps. The closeness of the lead pack allowed Danilo Estrela to come from his 14th starting position to the lead on Lap 12 before surrendering it himself to Andries.

Estrela reclaimed the lead at the white flag, but misjudged his braking going into the critical Turn 8, dropping him from the lead as the pack screamed onto the superspeedway. Coming out of NASCAR 4 for the final time, the pack once again flared, going five wide across the stripe with Spencer Pigot picking up his first Skip Barber National victory by the slightest of margins, .013 sec. over Nick Andries, with an out of no where Nicolas Costa, who was seventh at the start of the last lap, .037 sec. back of the leader. Danilo Estrela recovered from his braking error on the last lap to grab fourth ahead of Isaac Lyons and Felix Serralles. Ashley Freiberg brought her car home in seventh ahead of pole sitter Dennis Trebing and Mukul Sud while Danny Lloyd rounded out the top ten. The top five in Round 2 was only .078 sec. back and the top eight was covered by less than three tenths.

Results, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
March 6, 2010, round 1 of 14, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Homestead-Miami Speedway, 10-turn, 2.21-mile road course
(Starting position in parentheses)

1. (3) Dennis Trebing, Cape Coral, Fla., 13 laps, 86.767 average mph
2. (2) Isaac Lyons, Northern Ireland, 13
3. (1) Spencer Pigot, Windermere, Fla., 13
4. (4) Ashley Freiberg, Homer Glen, Ill., 13
5. (9) Nick Andries, Pinellas Park, Fla., 13
6. (8) Nicolas Costa, Brazil, 13
7. (12) Scott Anderson, Fort Collins, Colo., 13
8. (5) Luis Michael Dцrrbecker, Mexico, 13
9. (10) Danny Lloyd, England, 13
10. (11) Kevin Tittle, South Pasadena, Calif., 13
11. (6) Felix Serralles, Haines City, Fla., 13
12. (17) Brian Skinner-S, Philadelphia, Pa., 13
13. (16) Mukul Sud, India, 13
14. (13) Brandon Newey, Indianapolis, Ind., 13
15. (15) Wilson Philippe, Key Biscayne, Fla., 13
16. (14) Jim Norman-S, Tampa, Fla., 13
17. (7) Danilo Estrela, Long Branch, N.J., 13
18. (18) John Giddens-S, Orlando, Fla., 13

Race length: 13 laps of 2.21-mile road course for 28.73 miles
Time of race: 19 minutes, 52.024 seconds
Conditions: Sunny and warm
Margin of victory: 0.018 sec.
Lap leaders: Dennis Trebing 1; Spencer Pigot 2; Trebing 3 – 4; Pigot 5; Trebing 6; Felix Serralles 7; Trebing 8; Luis Michael Dцrrbecker 9; Isaac Lyons 10; Dцrrbecker 11; Trebing 12 – 13
Cautions: None
Fastest qualifier: Pigot, 1:30.670 / 87.747 mph
Fastest race lap: Serralles, 1:30.343 / 88.065 mph, lap 6

March 7, 2010, round 2 of 14, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Homestead-Miami Speedway, 10-turn, 2.21-mile road course
(Starting position in parentheses)

1. (4) Spencer Pigot, Windermere, Fla., 16 laps, 85.350 average mph
2. (6) Nick Andries, Pinellas Park, Fla., +.013 secs.
3. (8) Nicolas Costa, Brazil, +.037
4. (14) Danilo Estrela, Short Hills, N.J., +.065
5. (3) Isaac Lyons, Northern Ireland, +.078
6. (2) Felix Serralles, Haines City, Fla., +.158
7. (9) Ashley Freiberg, Homer Glen, Ill., +.192
8. (1) Dennis Trebing, Cape Coral, Fla., +.291
9. (7) Mukul Sud, India, +1.529
10. (11) Danny Lloyd, England, +1.637
11. (15) Al Carter-S, Greenville, Del., +2.865
12. (10) Brandon Newey, Indianapolis, Ind., +2.933
13. (12) Scott Anderson, Fort Collins, Colo., +4.052
14. (13) Wilson Philippe, Key Biscayne, Fla., +12.275
15. (5) Luis Michael Dцrrbecker, Mexico, +12.294
16. (18) Jim Norman-S, Tampa, Fla., +12.305
17. (16) Kevin Tittle, South Pasadena, Calif., +14.392
18. (17) Brian Skinner-S, Philadelphia, Pa., +23.168
19. (19) John Giddens-S, Orlando, Fla., +1 lap

Race length: 16 laps of 2.21-mile road course for 35.36 miles
Time of race: 24 minutes, 51.467 seconds
Conditions: Sunny and warm
Margin of victory: .013 sec.
Lap leaders: Spencer Pigot 1 – 3; Nick Andries 4 – 6; Pigot 7 – 8; Andries 9; Isaac Lyons 10; Pigot 11; Danilo Estrela 12; Andries 13; Pigot 14; Estrela 15; Pigot 16
Cautions: None
Fastest qualifier: Dennis Trebing, 1:30.632 sec. / 87.784 mph
Fastest race lap: Felix Serralles, 1:31.214 / 87.223 mph, lap 9

2010 Skip Barber National points standings after 2 of 14 rounds, top 10 drivers:
1. Spencer Pigot, 66 points
2. Dennis Trebing, 59
3. Nick Andries, 58
3. Isaac Lyons, 58
5. Nicolas Costa, 55
6. Ashley Freiberg, 52
7. Felix Serralles, 45
8. Danilo Estrela, 44
9. Danny Lloyd, 43
9. Scott Anderson, 43

2010 Skip Barber Cup points standings after 2 of 14 rounds, top 3 drivers:
1. Brian Skinner, 67
2. Jim Norman, 62
3. John Giddens, 58

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Dennis Trebing (67) leads Spencer Pigot early in Race 1.

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The last thing you should ever tell drivers with champagne? “Don’t get my suit wet. I have to race again in an hour.” Skip Barber Cup driver Brian Skinner (l.) and runner up Isaac Lyons douse Race 1 winner Dennis Trebing

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By an arm – I mean nose. Spencer Pigot (fourth from left) edges Nick Andries (l.) and Nicolas Costa (fifth from left) to take the win.

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Proud papa Barry hugs his race winning son Spencer Pigot

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The Race 2 podium (l. to r.) Nicolas Costa (3rd), Spencer Pigot (1st), Nick Andries (2nd) and Al Carter (Skip Barber Cup winner)

Jim Altemus

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