A mind-blowing opening round of the Formula Prox 2020 Fall season unfolded last night under the lights at Daytona road course which saw Patrick Wilmot standing tall after the two racing heats were complete.
Though Wilmot slipped to third in the second heat of the night after an uncharacteristic spin at the transition onto the NASCAR turn 2, that podium position plus his first place result in race one were enough to put him on the top step for the overall evening’s results with Fred Hazelton and Michael Day trailing close behind.
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Though Michael Day is currently in third with 28 points overall and enjoyed a 2nd place finish in heat 2, he no doubt would have had a better overall result if he’d had enough fuel in his car to complete heat 1, a problem which, we are told, affected much of the field.
“We had just enough fuel for qualifying,” an anonymous driver said. “Then just forgot to put in more for the race.” Let’s hope they remember to put gas in the cars for next week’s race.
As for the rest of the field, it was a thoroughly entertaining two heats of action with lots of on-track contact involving series gardening and cooking enthusiast Jonathan Greenberg, shown here in his customary oregano-themed livery.
Greenberg is certainly annoyed with his lackluster performance given his typical pace. He just couldn’t seem to keep the rear of his car from drifting town onto the front of other people’s cars, causing them to get crossed up with varying degrees of resulting disaster.
A tough night to be sure, but he’ll bounce back.
Newcomer to the league Hayden Such turned in a solid performance with a respectable mid-pack showing in both heats, ending up just behind stalwart Ryan Flannery, whose car was one of those that got crossed up with Greenberg’s.
Scott Lovett continues to amaze with his prowess at standing race starts. Reporters have done their best to dig his secret out of him but he remains tight-lipped.
Chukwuma “Chuma” Onubogu had a challenging night in the MX5, as did Benjamin Warren, both their cars going round at various times during the evening, but given that most of the leaders also spun their cars, perhaps that’s just racing.