Koykka closes in on title
After an intense weekend of competition at Summit Point Raceway, Finland’s Matias Köykkä has piloted his Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing Spectrum-Honda to yet another race win and podium finish, as well as another pole position. With just one weekend of racing to go in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series, Matias has eked out another two points advantage in his Championship lead on corrected points.
Having topped the opening two practice sessions on Friday, Australia’s Shae Davies carried the momentum into qualifying where he was on provisional pole position for most of the session before being narrowly pipped in the dying moments. Shae lined up third for the opening 20 lap encounter, with Köykkä heading the next row in fifth.
Following a barnstorming race at Mid-Ohio last month, the on-track combat in Race 1 was just as fierce. Davies traded the lead numerous times, with Köykkä in close pursuit. On the final lap, Davies and Newey made contact while fighting for the lead, resulting in an unfortunate and untimely end to what had been a fantastic race. Köykkä, having set the fastest race lap, was able to pounce and take another race win.
Köykkä and Davies headed up an all-Spectrum front row in Race 2 while rain fell just before the start, necessitating last-minute changes to car set-up and Hoosier rain tyres. In their first wet weather US F1600 drives, Köykkä and Davies were both caught out in the greasy conditions, as were their fellow competitors. With some five or more drivers taking off track excursions while leading, it was a case of last man standing! Köykkä’s off-track excursion whilst leading shuffled him to third while Davies’ race unfortunately ended stranded in the outfield.
Speaking from the USA, Spectrum Racing Cars owner and founder Michael Borland was philosophical after a weekend that delivered strong results.
“We’ve come away from a tough weekend with another race win, another podium, another front row qualifying lock out and an increased lead in the Championship points. Shae was unlucky to retire from Race 1 on the final lap after challenging for the lead; and he was the only one of the frontrunners who went off in the wet in Race 2 but couldn’t continue. His pace all weekend was extremely good and he certainly deserved to add to his tally of wins. Matias’ drove really well on Saturday to keep out of trouble and take the win and fastest lap, and leads the series on adjusted points heading into the last round.
“We are now at six wins from ten starts and nine pole positions from ten qualifying sessions. This underlines what a great job the team and our drivers are doing in the series, especially with both Shae and Matias coming from overseas and not growing up racing and testing on these circuits.”
The final round of the US Formula F 1600 Championship Series will take place at Watkins Glen International on October 14-16.