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Connery makes his case

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm F2000 Championship

Kyle Connery sweeps the competition at Road Atlanta in his No. 91 Van Diemen/Zetec.
(Photo: F2000 Championship Series)

Kyle Connery doesn’t know if he’ll be able to run a full season due to funding woes.

But, if any sponsors were on the fence… he likely made their decision easier following this weekend’s F2000 Championship races at Road Atlanta.

Connery won the first race of the weekend — his first career victory — by 4.291 seconds over veteran Remy Audette. He led all 18 laps on the 12-turn, 2.54 mile road course.

Then, on Saturday, in Race 2, Connery set a new track record in qualifying (1:25.042); started from pole and won the second race of the weekend.

The second win of the weekend didn’t come quite as easy, however, as Connery, a rookie,  picked up the victory on the final lap of the race, besting master’s competitor Tim Minor.

The 20-year-old Florida resident nipped Minor by a mere 0.232 seconds at the stripe, touring the course in 1:25.162 seconds for the fastest lap of the race.

Connery set fast lap-after-fast lap from the midway point on until he closed up on Minor’s gearbox with about five laps to go. With two to go, Connery slipped past on the backstraight but Minor reclaimed the lead diving into Turn 1 following the white flag.

“I sat there and watched [Tim Minor] for a bit and saw where the tires were going off,” Connery said. ” (I) had a great run coming out of seven on the last lap and set him up at the very last second. I don’t think I’ve been that deep on the brakes at the end of the back stretch all weekend.”

When the checkered waved, however, it was all Connery.

Next up for the F2000 Championship Series is Rounds 5 & 6 at Watkins Glen International Raceway on June 3-5.

Complete Results from both races after the jump…

F2000 Championship Series
Complete Results:

Round 3 Road Atlanta

Round 4 Road Atlanta


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