Strong Skip Barber Presence in F2000 at Lime Rock Park
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 For those at Skip Barber Racing School’s headquarters in Lakeville, Connecticut, last weekend was an exciting one. Not only was the American Le Mans Series racing at the school’s home track at Lime Rock Park, but some of their own were racing at the historic track as well, for the F2000 Championship Series.
Skip Barber instructor and F2000 competitor Phil Lombardi braved the downpour to qualify for race one in seventh. Lombardi has an impressive racing resume: a winner of several national karting titles, SCCA Northeast Division Champion in Formula Continental, and the list goes on. He is also a dedicated instructor with Skip Barber, coaching the future stars of tomorrow, some who raced alongside Lombardi this weekend. Skip Barber Racing Three-Day School grad Cole Morgan took home the checker in race one, followed by Skip Barber National alumni Steven McAleer. Lombardi drove strong, and it paid off, resulting in him rounding out the podium.
Felix Serralles proved once again his strength as a young driver. The first round of qualifying, where he qualified tenth out of twenty nine, was only the second F2000 session for the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Scholarship driver. Due to cautions and restarts, Serralles was shuffled back to 14th, but worked his way up and finished sixth in his first F2000 Championship Race.
By qualifying for race two, the clouds cleared and the track slowly dried, allowing for faster and cleaner qualifying times than the first session. The top four spots were held by Skip Barber graduates: Victor Carbone, Fabio Orsolon, Felix Serralles and Phil Lombardi, the fastest Masters Class driver, qualified fourth.
Carbone, a BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda alumni, took home the checker and Phil Lombardi grabbed his second podium of the day, finishing in third with Fabio Orsolon close behind in fourth. Steven McAleer and Felix Serralles finished in seventh and eighth with average speeds of over 104mph.
Serralles showed himself to be a strong contender, after only a handful of sessions in the car. Follow him in the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda as he is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the overall championship. Rounds 11 and 12 will take place at Road America August 19-22.
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