Skip Barber Winter Series Rounds 1 & 2: Winter Series Kicks Off At Road Atlanta

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Skip Barber Winter Series Kicks Off At Road Atlanta

Braselton, GA. (Nov. 14). The Skip Barber presents the Mazda Winter Series for Skip Barber Formula and MAZDASPEED Challenge commenced this week at Road Atlanta. Despite the chilly autumn weather, the racers started off the season with strong performances all around. Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout runner up Nick Neri finished the weekend at the top of the Formula Skip Barber Championship point standings, and Steve Randall took the MAZDASPEED points lead in the season opener.

The Skip Barber presents the Mazda Winter Series for Skip Barber Formula and MAZDASPEED Challenge next competes at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca December 10-11 for Rounds 3 & 4. Follow all the action on twitter.com/RaceSkipBarber.

Group One, Race One – Formula Skip Barber
6343528583_fc67d37ace_mMAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver and the newest Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout winner Danilo Estrela started the race on pole. Lap 1 got off to a disappointing start for Jack Mitchell Jr., who suffered at the hands of a mechanical issue and was forced to retire early. Erickson Shirley and Chuck Whitlock had contact in 10A, causing a four lap yellow flag. Danilo had a strong start, quickly gaining space between himself, Nick Neri and Jake Eidson. However, the three still battled closely through entirety of the race. In lap 8, Neri made a pass in 10A for the lead and succeeded, the first of many passes for race one. In the final lap, Estrela, battling hard for position went four wheels off in Turn 10A. He continued, but suffered a drive through penalty. Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout runner up Nick Neri earned the first win of the winter season, his first Skip Barber Racing School win overall. Jake Eidson came in second and Dr. Michael Edwards in third.

Group Two, Race Two – Formula Skip Barber
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Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout runner up Nick Neri started the race on pole. Jack Mitchell Jr. challenges Neri early in Lap 1 for first. In Lap 2, Neri fell to third while Jake Eidson took first position followed by Mitchell Jr. for second. The fight for first resumed as drivers entered Lap 3. Mitchell Jr. overtook Eidson in Lap 3. Meanwhile, newest Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout winner Danilo Estrela, worked his way from ninth position to fourth position. Heading to Lap 4, Mitchell Jr. still held the lead but Neri brought the gap closer. Neri took the lead from Mitchel Jr. in Lap 5 followed by Mitchell Jr. in second position. Estrela moved into third position as he took turn 1 in Lap 6. The back and forth battle for first didn’t stop as Mitchell Jr. overtook first in Lap 6. Estrela continued to make ground as he moves into second in Lap 7. As racers headed into Lap 9, Mitchell Jr. maintained first followed by a determined Estrela. Neri moved into third re-joining the battle for the lead. In Lap 14, Neri continued his move up the pack, moving to second, but not for long as Estrela took second position in Lap 15. Neri fell back to fourth, as Eidson took third. Mitchell Jr. took the win followed by Estrela for second, Eidoson for third, Neri for fourth and Dr. Michael Edwards for fifth.

Group 1 Skip Barber Formula Southern Series, Starting Position in Parenthesis

Group 1 Race 1 Group 1 Race 2
1. (3) Nick Neri 1. (2) Jack Mitchell Jr.
2. (6) Jake Eidson 2. (9) Danilo Estrela
3. (5) Dr. Mike Edwards – GM 3. (3) Jake Eidson
4. (4) David Libby – GM 4. (1) Nick Neri
5. (9) Jeff Relic – M 5. (4) Dr. Mike Edwards – GM
6. (18) Azim Gandhi 6. (6) Jeff Relic – M
7. (7) Gus Doppes – GM 7. (8) Gus Doppes – GM
8. (1) Danilo Estrela 8. (11) Jose Montiel
9. (12) Greg Strelzoff – M 9. (10) Greg Strelzoff – M
10. (8) Jose Montiel 10. (15) Bobby Eberle – M
11. (15) Maurizio Uribe 11. (12) Maurizio Uribe
12. (16) Greg Holloway – M 12. (5) David Libby – GM
13. (17) John Schauerman – GM 13. (16) Matt McMurry
14. (10) Bobby Eberle – M 14. (17) Chuck Whitlock – M
15. (14) Erickson Shirley – GM 15. (14) John Schauerman – GM
16.(11) Matt McMurry 16. (7) Azim Gandhi
17. (2) Jack Mitchell Jr. 17. (3) Greg Holloway – M
18. (13) Chuck Whitlock – M
Top Master: Dr. Mike Edwards Top Master: Dr. Mike Edwards
Pole Position: Danilo Estrela Pole Position: Nick Neri
Fastest Lap: Jake Eidson (1:37.950 /93.354 mph) Fastest Lap: Danilo Estrela (1:37.395 /93.886 mph)
Most Improved: Azim Gandhi, 12 positions Most Improved: Danilo, 7 positions
Laps Led: Danilo Estrela 1-5; Nick Neri 6-7; Estrela 8; Neri 9; Estrela 10-15; Neri 16 Laps Led: Nick Neri 1; Jake Eidson 2; Jack Mitchell, Jr. 3-4; Eidson 5; Mitchell 6-9; Estrela 10-12; Mitchell 13-16
Track Conditions: Sunny, dry and cold Track Conditions: Sunny, dry and cold

2011-2012 Top 10 Skip Barber Presents the Mazda Winter Series
Formula Skip Barber, Championship Point Standings

1. 63 pts Nick Neri
2. 62 Jake Eidson
3. 56 Dr. Mike Edwards
4. 55 Danilo Estrela
5. 51 Jeff Relic
6. 49 Jack Mitchell Jr.
7. 48 Gus Doppes
8. 47 David Libby
9. 44 Greg Strelzoff
10. 44 Jose Montiel

2011-2012 Top 10 Skip Barber Presents the Mazda Winter Series
MAZDASPEED Challenge, Championship Point Standings

1. 62 pts Steve Randall
2. 60 Dr. Mike Edwards
3. 58 Kieron O’Rourke
4. 56 Bryan Hixon
5. 56 Greg Strelzoff
6. 51 DJ Randall
7. 47 Brad Randall
8. 46 Maurizio Scala
9. 45 Greg Halloway
10. 45 Nelson Canache

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