- 30 April 2017
Alton, VA - For the second race in a row, and on the same day, Zach Holden took the lead on the last lap and his second victory in three starts on the season-opening weekend of the F1600 Championship Series at VIR. Holden took his No. 96 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda to the win in a late Sunday afternoon race at VIR following his morning performance. He crossed the line with a margin of .02 seconds, just a few inches, over Team Pelfrey's Jonathan Kotyk while Matthew Cowley finished third.
"The last lap was pretty hectic. There were three of us very close down the back straight. We were all going for a spot," said Holden. "I knew I wanted to be second coming out of the last corner, and I drafted and passed him down the front straight. It was almost a little late but we got him."
Kotyk was denied a come-back victory in the No. 81 Team Pelfrey machine.
The Saturday winner was leading in the morning race coming to the checkered flag and made contact with a lapped car, sending him flying and ripping parts off his Mygale/Honda. The Pelfrey squad responded in stride and had the car ready and competitive for the final race of the weekend at VIR, which marked round three of the 21-race F1600 season.
Matthew Cowley completed the podium in another Team Pelfrey Mygale/Honda, while Yuven Sundaramoorthy matched his morning race result for K-Hill with another fourth place finish.
Joe Colasacco completed the weekend sweep in the Masters Class for Auriana Racing, winning all three races in his division, and running in the lead group for the duration of the 14-lap race on Sunday afternoon.
"It was fun out there. The field was a bit better behaved than this morning," said Colassaco. "It was just a matter of if I wanted to stick my nose in where it didn't belong. There was more to be lost than gained out there. All in all it was a great weekend. The car went a lot faster than we had ever gone here."
Lance Fenderson came home sixth for K-Hill while Joel Haas was seventh, and second in the Masters Class. David Osborne was eighth in another Pelfrey car, despite going off on the last lap. John Dole completed the Masters Class podium in ninth spot.
F1600 Championship teams and drivers are next back in action at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with a two day event set for May 12-13.